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WP 6: Policy Recommendations and Analyses of Markets and Legislation

WP 6 analysed relevant policies, legislation, framework conditions and market potential of each Baltic Sea region (BSR) country with the aim of clarifying the potential for the use of slurry acidification technologies (SATs) in each country.

Danish policies, legislation and support schemes were used as a baseline for assessing policies, legislation and support schemes in other project countries since SATs are widely used in Denmark. Potential enablers and barriers for the use of SATs in the Baltic Sea Region countries were identified. Market analyses focused especially on the farming structure and practices that favor the use of SATs.

Based on findings from the other work packages policy recommendations were formulated to provide the foundation for a qualified dialogue with target groups concerning the potential of SATs as instruments for reaching national targets for air and water quality.

Round-table discussions geared towards the target groups aimed to stimulate cross-sector and policy-oriented dialogue, and to raise the capacity to develop national legislation and support schemes for SATs. Dissemination and communication activities also included publishing articles on the project website and various media, sending out newsletters and giving presentations at international conferences.

 

Reports produced by WP 6

Using slurry acidification to its fullest potential in the region would have a positive net economic effect of a total of 2.2 billion euros annually in the EU countries of the region. In addition, slurry acidification could contribute with an estimated nitrogen abatement value of 147 million euros per year, related to the aquatic environment and positive healthcare sector effects in Russia and Belarus.

For most countries in the region, acidifying the total estimated weighed potential of slurry would be sufficient for meeting ammonia emission ceilings and furthermore contribute substantially to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen loads to the Baltic Sea. However, it is necessary to put in place economic and legal incentives to ensure farmers’ willingness to provide the mentioned environmental services of using slurry acidification

EU member states in the region are therefore recommended to establish national expert groups to further explore ways for implementing their slurry acidification potential. The report below presents the policy recommendations for SAT implementation formulated by the project. The reports exploring the market potential and legal frameworks can be found here.

 

 

WP6 Contacts

WP Leader: Henning Lyngsø Foged, Organe Institute, Denmark
Email: henning.lyngsoe.foged@gmail.com, Tel. +45 6141 5441

Assisting project partner:  Union “Farmers Parliament”, Latvia
Contact persons: Inga Berzina – Inga@zemniekusaeima.lv – +371 2928 2312,

and Zanda Melnalksne – zanda@zemniekusaeima.lv – +371 2948 4101