Ammonia (NH3), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from livestock farms contribute to negative environmental impacts such as acidification and climate change. A significant part of these emissions is produced from the decomposition of slurry in livestock facilities, during storage and treatment phases. This research aimed at evaluating the eectiveness of the additive “SOP LAGOON” (made of agricultural gypsum processed with proprietary technology) on (i) NH3 and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, (ii) slurry properties and N loss. Moreover, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method was applied to assess the potential environmental impact associated with stored slurry treated with the additive. Six barrels were filled with 65 L of cattle slurry, of which three were used as a control while the additive was used in the other three. The results indicated that the use of the additive led to a reduction of total nitrogen, nitrates, and GHG emissions. LCA confirmed the higher environmental sustainability of the scenario with the additive for some environmental impact categories among which climate change. In conclusion, the additive has beneficial eects on both emissions and the environment, and the nitrogen present in the treated slurry could partially displace a mineral fertilizer, which can be considered an environmental credit.
Improving the Sustainability of Dairy Slurry by A Commercial Additive Treatment / F. Borgonovo, C. Conti, D. Lovarelli, V. Ferrante, M. Guarino. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - 11:18(2019 Sep 12).
|Titolo:||Improving the Sustainability of Dairy Slurry by A Commercial Additive Treatment|
BORGONOVO, FEDERICA (Primo)
CONTI, CECILIA (Secondo)
FERRANTE, VALENTINA (Penultimo)
GUARINO, MARCELLA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||additive; slurry; storage; ammonia; greenhouse gas; environmental impact; LCA|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/10 - Costruzioni Rurali e Territorio Agroforestale|
Settore AGR/20 - Zoocolture
Settore AGR/19 - Zootecnica Speciale
|Data di pubblicazione:||12-set-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11184998|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|