2018 Joint Call mid-term seminar and introduction of the 9 selected projects of the 2021 Joint Call

Innovative solutions, systems and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the livestock sector and a look towards climate mitigation through circular agricultural systems


As the European Union transitions towards climate-neutrality by 2050, innovative solutions, systems and practices will be needed within the agricultural sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon removals. On 1st December three ERA-NETs (FACCE ERA-GAS, ICT AGRI-FOOD, ERA-NET SUSAN) joined forces to bring together 17 projects to discuss promising approaches being developed by these projects.

After the welcome word from Niels Gøtke the coordinator of the former ERA-NET ICT-AGRI 2, we listened to our guest speaker Tom O'Dwyer (Teagasc, Ireland) on the Signpost Programme - leading climate action by Irish farmers by putting science into practice. You can watch this again on https://youtu.be/QEG3FSPmUZM.

After which, the eight projects funded in 2018 presented their mid-term results as well as what is in the pipeline for the rest of the project and the expected impact for farming, policy and regulation. Topics discussed include seaweed additives to livestock feed, applying a regional approach to greenhouse gas mitigation and precision livestock technologies.

You can watch their progress videos on our YouTube channel:

CCCfarming - Climate Care Cattle Farming Systems https://youtu.be/hWez7LTlQDQ

FarmSustainaBl - Enabling Smart Livestock Farming Technologies for Environmental Sustainability using Blockchain https://youtu.be/HB_0KbVyH6M

GrassToGas - Grass To Gas: Strategies to mitigate GHG emissions from pasture-based sheep systems https://youtu.be/p6QjWFELh0c

GrASTech - Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity of Pasture-based Cattle Systems https://youtu.be/2y28qpqNVxw

M4Models - Manure management for methane mitigation - Improved inventory modelling to support policy actions https://youtu.be/HBXyhH_mo88

MELS - Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems https://youtu.be/EdBBVNVwZVg

MilKey - Decision support system for sustainable and GHG optimised milk production in key European areas https://youtu.be/O7-Xw9gF9aU

SEASOLUTIONS - Seaweeds and seaweed-ingredients to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture-based sheep, cattle and dairy cows https://youtu.be/109EswriDGE


The 9 projects funded in the 2021 Joint Call to explore ‘Circularity in mixed crop and livestock farming systems, with emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation’ presented their plans for the future. Topics that are to be explored include reduction of emissions through crop, livestock and agroforestry interactions, creating LCA inventories for circularity assessments and the use of participatory co-innovation to assess nutrient circularity.

CircAgric-GHGStrategies for circular agriculture to reduce GHG emissions within and between farming systems across an agro-ecological gradient

ConnectFarmsConnecting sustainable agroecosystems and farming with circular bioeconomy and new technologies

DairyMix Multi-criteria assessment, decision support and management tools for sustainable circular mixed farming systems for dairy production

INTEGRITYIntegrated crop-ruminant livestock systems as a strategy to increase nutrient circularity and promote sustainability in the context of climate change

MI BICYCLEMitigation and adaptation through better biomass cycling in crop livestock systems of north and western Europe

PROENVBalancing production and environment

ReLiveBack to the Future: reintegrating land and livestock for greenhouse gas mitigation and circularity

SENSESynergies in integrated systems: Improving resource use efficiency while mitigating GHG emissions through well-informed decisions about circularity

Solution4FarmingSolutions for GHGs emissions mitigation for the mixed farming systems across different European climates

You can watch the recordings of the pitches and the short Identification of synergies on https://youtu.be/Rj0wdmPiliA.


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Would you like to know more about joint research programming? Contact Dr Abigail Muscat: abigail.muscat@wur.nl or Marijke Hunninck: marijke.hunninck@ilvo.vlaanderen.be