Agriculture contributes to emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. It is both reasonable and necessary to decrease these emissions if we are serious about protecting our ecosystems from eutrophication and acidification, breathing cleaner air and mitigating climate change. But you cannot ignore the fact that cows are not cars. End-of-pipe solutions also have their limitations in other sectors, but in food production they are even more evident. We will have to think structurally. We intend to bring together people from different disciplines and backgrounds (researchers, farmers, civil servants, politicians and individuals) who care about this issue for a two-day workshop. The workshop will begin with a couple of short presentations (historical context, present emissions, existing approaches), but plenty of the time will be devoted to creating a common understanding of the challenge in order to identify areas for actions. Our focus will be on what should be done in the Nordic countries, without forgetting the global perspective.
The Nordic countries are often seen as green in respect of both a good environment and reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions. During the last decades, the Nordic countries have implemented ambitious energy and climate policies. At the same time, economic growth has been relatively strong - even through the current economic crisis. How has this been possible? What policies have been the most effective? Can these policies be implemented in other countries? Within the framework of the Open Climate Network, think tanks from Sweden, Norway and Denmark present a report highlighting some of the more efficient climate policies from the Nordic countries. Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2013 will show how the Nordic region can achieve a carbon-neutral energy and transport system in 2050. It is the first ever regional edition of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) renowned global publication Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP).