Agriculture accounts for about 10–12% of global anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. The global mitigation potential from agriculture, excluding biomass fuel offsets, is estimated to be 5,500–6,000 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year (MtCO2e/yr) by 2030, most of which is from carbon sequestration.
The Technical Working Group for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (T-AGG) aims to synthesize and translate scientific knowledge to support the inclusion of agriculture as a climate mitigation option in the United States and abroad. T-AGG analysis provides an in-depth review of the agricultural science, economics, and policy design issues for greenhouse gas management in U.S. croplands and livestock. It also delves into improving quantification of agricultural greenhouse gases in developing countries and provided key scientific input to protocol design for agricultural greenhouse gas reduction in California’s emerging carbon market.
T-AGG is an initiative of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University that works with scientific experts, stakeholders, and policy makers across the world in its mission. Work is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Group of the CGIAR.