Agriculture contributes significantly to climate change through the emission of the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide. To enable emissions to be reduced efficiently, we investigate the potential of reduction measures for the Swiss agricultural sector, and refine the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory accordingly. The said inventory serves as a decision-making basis for policy-makers and society.
According to the categorization of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), agriculture contributes 12.4 % of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in Switzerland. Total greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector in 2016 were 6.0 Mio t CO2 equivalents.