Over the next 10 years, the roadmap will target a 40-50% reduction in nitrous oxide emissions
associated with fertiliser use. This will involve an absolute reduction in the overall level of nitrogen fertiliser being used on Irish farm from a high of 408,000 tons in 2018 to 325,000 in 2030
, with an interim target of 350,000 tonnes in 2025.This reduction is very much in line with the EU Farm to Fork strategy, indeed, the reduction target is a 20% reduction from peak usage in 2018. In addition, a significant quantity of the remaining straight nitrogen fertiliser will be applied in a form that is coated with a urease inhibitor to reduce nitrous oxide losses further. This will have significant co-benefits for water quality and biodiversity. Some of the actions are incredibly ambitious, none more so than having 90% of livestock manure
applied by Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS) Technology by the end of 2027 and having 350,000 ha of organic production by the end of the decade.