Ammonia emissions from farms

Livestock on farms produce a lot of manure and thus a lot of ammonia, which is harmful for the environment and reduces biodiversity. Central government is taking steps to cut ammonia emissions.

Order to cut ammonia emissions

The Ammonia and Livestock Farming Order aims to reduce ammonia emissions and ammonia concentrations,  for example with rules on new housing and better feed.

Agreements on cutting ammonia emissions

Central government and the livestock industry have made agreements on further cutting ammonia emissions.

This can be done in the following ways:

  • Cows can be given feed specifically designed to reduce the ammonia in their urine.
  • Cows can spend more time outdoors in the pasture.
  • Animal housing can be refitted, for example, with floors that separate urine from solid waste.
  • The government can tighten rules on manure use.

These measures should cut ammonia emissions from livestock farming by almost 10% by 2030.

Tackling ammonia can help livestock farms grow

Central government and the agriculture sector have also made agreements about helping farms grow. Cutting ammonia emissions should increase farms’ opportunities for expansion. Land-based growth is governed by an order in council.

Lower emissions with new animal housing

Requirements on ammonia emissions are laid down in the Environmental Management (General Rules for Establishments) Decree.

New animal housing must meet these requirements. The details are set out in the Ammonia and Livestock Farming Order.