Nature-based climate mitigation

To meet the Paris climate agreement targets, we need to devise more ways of mitigating the effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced, for example by modifying production processes, increasing carbon storage capacity and promoting bio-based energy and products. Understanding nature and natural processes is a key starting point and Wageningen Environmental Research is a rich source of knowledge and expertise on nature-based mitigation measures.

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Nature-based mitigation solutions
not only help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a third, they also improve soil, air and water quality, and enhance biodiversity.

Partner of agri-food businesses

The agricultural sector is responsible for over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Wageningen Environmental Research partners with agri-food businesses to develop ways to close energy, nutrient and water cycles. For example by promoting soil-friendly ploughing and working crop residues back into the soil, producing fertiliser from agricultural waste, and reducing the amount of water need for crop production.

Contact us for insights on:

  • Soil and water management
  • Manure/ fertiliser management and application
  • Cropland management
  • Grassland management
  • Agriculture on peatland

Biobased alternatives to fossil fuels

While agricultural emissions are on the decline, the use of fossil fuels by industry and consumers is still increasing. We do research on bio-based materials and fibres for construction and bio-based alternatives for fossil fuels.

Contact us for insights on:

  • Biobased energy solutions
  • Biobased products for construction
  • Biobased alternatives to fossil fuel

Carbon capture and storage

A promising way of mitigating the effects of fossil-fuel emissions is to increase nature-based carbon capture and storage, for example in soils and forests. We have developed an approach to climate-smart forestry that makes use of specific regional characteristics to enhance the role of forests in the greenhouse gas balance.

Contact us for insights on:

  • Climate-smart forestry
  • Agroforestry
  • Carbon sequestration and storage in soils

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