Assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources in order to plan for needs of low carbon economy at local level in Poland

Paweł Wiśniewski , Mariusz Kistowski

Abstract

Agriculture is often not included in the baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories created for local low carbon economy plans in Poland and other European countries. We therefore estimate the size of the carbon footprint from agricultural sources and indicate the share of agriculture in the total GHG emissions in selected Polish communes (LAU level 2). We propose a solution whereby local government units can estimate their carbon footprint independently and monitor the impact of actions taken to reduce emissions. The value of the carbon footprint from agriculture in the selected communes varies from .5 to 46.5 thousand Mg CO2eq/year, with a mean value of 12.6 thousand Mg CO2eq/year and a standard deviation of 11.4 thousand Mg CO2eq/year. Per capita, these values range from 10 kg CO2eq/year to 8.4 Mg CO2eq/year, with a mean of 1.1 Mg CO2eq/year and a standard deviation of 1.5 Mg CO2eq/year. In all communes, the contribution of agriculture to total emissions is at an average of 14% (values range from .2 to 57.4%). The obtained results confirm the appropriateness of including emissions from the agricultural sector and other related sources in low carbon economy plans.
Author Paweł Wiśniewski (FOG / IG / DPGEM)
Paweł Wiśniewski,,
- Department of Physical Geography and Environmental Management
, Mariusz Kistowski (FOG / IG / DPGEM)
Mariusz Kistowski,,
- Department of Physical Geography and Environmental Management
Journal seriesGeografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography, ISSN 0016-7223, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2018
Vol118
No2
Pages123-136
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishcarbon footprint, GHG emissions, carbon dioxide equivalent, agriculture, rural areas, local low carbon economy plans
DOIDOI:10.1080/00167223.2018.1436447
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/00167223.2018.1436447
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 29-10-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 25.0, 29-10-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 0.963 (2) - 2016=1.486 (5)
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