International Medical Geology Association
“Estimation of Carbon Footprint Equivalent of Soil Nitrogen Loss Due to the Sugar Beet Harvest in Turkey: A Review” at Successful Transformation toward Land Degradation Neutrality: Future Perspective" 17-19 June 2019, Ankara, ATO Congresium. Marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Higlihts of the study:
1-Average soil lost due to the sugar beet harvest is about 3.41 Mg ha-1 y-1,
2-Total amount of soil nitrogen loss≈2151 Mg y-1,
3-Production of nitrogenous fertilizer requires high energy consumption, emitting large amounts of CO2 (carbon footprint equivalent) to atmosphere. The carbon footprint of the world average N- fertilizer production given as of 5.66 Mg CO2 eqv./Mg Nitrogen. Hence, the annual carbon footprint equivalent is calculated as 12045 Mg CO2 eqv. /Mg Nitrogen fertilizer manufactured.
4- The fertilizer production to replace the nitrogen lost releases about 12045 Mg CO2 eq. /Mg Nitrogen fertilizer. Although this figure seems low, nitrogent losses and GHG emissions warrant consideration of soil management practices to reduce soil lost due to root crop harvests.
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Also “Estimation of Carbon Footprint Equivalent of Soil Nitrogen Loss Due to the Sugar Beet Harvest in Turkey: A Review”