Nitrogen pollution contributes to poor air quality, biodiversity loss and climate change. A new report sets out a ‘recipe’ for halving nitrogen pollution from the European food system. The Appetite for Change report, coordinated by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), says that up to 82% of the nitrogen used through our food system is wasted due to inefficiencies in fertiliser use, manure storage and wastewater treatment.
It lists the ways we can achieve the target reduction to bring benefits for the environment and human health. These include:
The report was prepared by the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. Journalists came to this briefing to hear from three of its authors.
Prof Mark Sutton, co-chair of the UNECE Task Force, co-editor of the report and Environmental Physicist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
Dr Adrian Leip, lead editor of the report and environmental scientist, formerly at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), currently at the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation.
Dr Susanna Kugelberg, co-editor of the report and public health nutrition expert, formerly technical consultant of the World Health Organization and currently at the Copenhagen Business School.