Manitoba agricultural GHGs

Agriculture plays a unique role in the climate change dilemma. While agriculture contributes a large portion of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it also has major potential for present and future carbon sequestration.

In 2014

Figure 1: Manitoba GHG emissions 2014 – Ag Pie Chart

Figure 1: Manitoba GHG emissions 2014 – Ag Pie Chart

Figure 1: In 2014, Agricultural practices produced 31% of Manitoba’s GHG emissions, not including vehicle fuel and commercial heat. (1)

Manitoba’s agricultural emissions came from the following: (1)

  • 47% – Soil management – mostly nitrous oxide from synthetic fertilizer (esp. if applied just before a rain)
  • 40% – Enteric fermentation – gases animals expel as they digest their food (mostly burps)
  • 13% – Manure management – mostly methane from anaerobic manure decomposition

Click here for a printable PDF version the following charts and source data: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2014 – agriculture

Manitoba agricultural emissions – 1990 to 2014

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Figure 2: Manitoba GHG emissions – 1990-2014 – agriculture

Figure 2: Manitoba’s agricultural greenhouse emissions have experienced the following increases from 1990 to 2014: (1)

  • 31% higher – All agriculture
  • 33% higher – Soil management
  • 26% higher – Enteric fermentation
  • 62% higher- Manure management

 

NOTE: All data are in CO2 equivalent kilotonnes per year. (1 kilotonne = 1000 tonnes = 1 million kilograms)

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