Best available technology for European livestock farms: Availability, effectiveness and uptake

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Loyon, L., Burton, C. H., Misselbrook, T. H., Webb, J., Philippe, F. X., Aguilar, M., Doreau, M., Hassouna, M., Veldkamp, T., Dourmad, J. Y., Bonmati, A., Grimm, E. and Sommer, S. G. 2016. Best available technology for European livestock farms: Availability, effectiveness and uptake. Journal of Environmental Management. 166 (15 January), pp. 1-11.

AuthorsLoyon, L., Burton, C. H., Misselbrook, T. H., Webb, J., Philippe, F. X., Aguilar, M., Doreau, M., Hassouna, M., Veldkamp, T., Dourmad, J. Y., Bonmati, A., Grimm, E. and Sommer, S. G.
Abstract

Concerns over the negative environmental impact from livestock farming across Europe continue to make their mark resulting in new legislation and large research programs. However, despite a huge amount of published material and many available techniques, doubts over the success of national and European initiatives remain. Uptake of the more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly farming methods (such as dietary control, building design and good manure management) is already widespread but unlikely to be enough in itself to ensure that current environmental targets are fully met. Some of the abatement options available for intensive pig and poultry farming are brought together under the European IPPC/IED directive where they are listed as Best Available Techniques (BAT). This list is far from complete and other methods including many treatment options are currently excluded. However, the efficacies of many of the current BAT-listed options are modest, difficult to regulate and in some cases they may even be counterproductive with respect to other objectives ie pollution swapping. Evaluation of the existing and new BAT technologies is a key to a successful abatement of pollution from the sector and this in turn relies heavily on good measurement strategies. Consideration of the global effect of proposed techniques in the context of the whole farm will be essential for the development of a valid strategy.

KeywordsLivestock farming; Manure; Emissions; IPPC directive; Measurements; BAT evaluation
Year of Publication2016
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Journal citation166 (15 January), pp. 1-11
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.09.046
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderEuropean Union
Funder project or codeSustainability
Delivering the agricultural greenhouse gas and ammonia inventories and projections
Project: 5303
Nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions from multiple pollutant Cracking Clay experimental sites
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online24 Oct 2015
Publication process dates
Accepted29 Sep 2015
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
PublisherElsevier
Academic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN0301-4797

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