Defra opens consultation seeking views on ammonia emissions reducing policies

14:55 PM | November 6, 2020 | Daniel Marshall

 The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) opened on 3 November a consultation seeking views via an online survey on three policy options that give the greatest reduction in ammonia emissions through regulating the use of urea fertilizers. The options are as follows:

  1. To ban the use of urea fertilizer, which was reported to account for around 8% of total ammonia emissions from agriculture.
  2. For urea to be coated with urease inhibitors, which help reduce ammonia emissions.
  3. To allow urea to only be spread within a restricted time period from 15 January through to 31 March when soils are colder, thereby reducing ammonia loss.
The survey is open until 26 January 2021.