Ammonia emissions contribute to particle pollution and urban smog, damaging sensitive natural habitats through excessive nitrogen deposition and acidification. Emissions in the UK have only fallen by 10% since 1970, however the Netherlands have reduced their emissions by over 60% since 1990. Currently, there are no ambient air quality standards or guidelines for ammonia. Agriculture, through the use and storage of manure, slurry, and inorganic fertilisers, accounts for 88% of UK emissions; the waste sector, vehicles, and industry account for the remainder.
The Clean Air Strategy (2019) proposes actions including a code of good agricultural practice, requirements for farmers to further invest in emissions reduction, proposals to protect habitats, updating the ammonia emissions inventory, extending permitting to the dairy and intensive beef sectors, and regulations to minimise pollution from fertiliser use.
This discussion meeting will introduce these concepts, focusing on how ammonia emissions are currently being tackled and what can be done in the future. Speakers will discuss these issues from both the regulators’ and farmers’ perspectives.
If you are involved in the planning process for activities such as pig and poultry farms, or want to know more about the issues surrounding ammonia emissions in the UK, then this event is for you.
13:30 – Registration, refreshments & networking
14:00 – Welcome
14:10 – Dr Jeremy Wiltshire (Knowledge Leader, Agriculture and Environment, Ricardo) – Agricultural ammonia emission mitigation: principles and practices
14:30 – Grace Righton (Environmental Advisor, NFU) – How will the farming sector reduce ammonia emissions?
14:50 – Mella Waitt (Environment & Business Senior Advisor at the Environment Agency) - TBC
15:10 – Open floor discussion
16:15 – Event close
This event is free for all IAQM members to attend, non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee of £25.
The IAQM aim to provide events, conferences and workshops which are accessible to all. If you anticipate needing any type of assistance to fully participate in this event, please email Rhianna Jarvis or call +44 (0)20 3862 7484 to speak to somebody in person.