CO2 sequestration in agricultural soils: a solution for tomorrow

Well-managed
farming land can play
a key role in reducing
CO2 emissions and
formulating climate
change action strategies.
In the form of organic
matter, it stores two
to three times more
carbon than the
atmosphere*. Keeping
soils in good condition
therefore represents a
considerable challenge!
Published in the dossier of February 2019

Thanks to the Soil AdvisorTM app, farmers can tailor their amendment strategy to their soils and limit carbon emissions.

To help farmers adopt responsible, more soilfriendly practices, Veolia has developed two complementary tools. The Soil AdvisorTM app allows farmers to define the amendment and fertilization strategy best suited to their soils. This new tool, which is being deployed by SEDE (in France), helps them put in place an agroecological transition that looks to limit chemical inputs and offset the greenhouse gas emissions produced by farming activities via carbon storage. Carbo ProTM is a software program capable of predicting the amounts of carbon sequestered in the soil after applying organic products such as compost.
These innovations, resulting from research jointly conducted by Veolia and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) for twenty years, maximize the potential of the “ecosystem services” provided by soils.

 

*according to the French Environment & Energy Management Agency (Ademe)

 

The ecosystem services provided by soils

Living, healthy soil – the main carbon reservoir – provides many essential services for our societies:
• food production;
• material production (wood and fibers);
• water cycle regulation;
• air quality regulation;
• erosion regulation;
• biodiversity maintenance;
• natural risk regulation;
• climate regulation.