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Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Agriculture Sector of Taiwan

Greenhouse gas emissions in Taiwan’s agricultural sector have been in consistent yearly decline since 1990. Reduction was initially driven by a drop in domestic agricultural production of livestock and poultry, resulting from Taiwan’s participation in the World Trade Organization and the subsequent trade and economic liberalization that followed.

Recent measures to continue the reduction of greenhouse gases also consider food security. To manage both, Taiwan’s government has implemented policies promoting organic agriculture, eco-friendly agriculture, rational use of fertilizers, and three-stage livestock manure treatment. With overall agriculture output reduced, these policies focused on minimizing greenhouse gas emissions per unit of agricultural production.

Aligning with the “2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories” and international standards, the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) statistical methodology has provided a consistent means to quantify the reduction of Taiwan’s greenhouse gases.

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