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Energy efficiency in agriculture – opportunities and prospects from a German perspective

21st January 2013, ICC Berlin

Ideas and visions of a future energy-efficient agriculture as well as the identification of implementation opportunities and constraints were the focus of a national stakeholders' workshop. The meeting was organized by the ATB and FNR as part of the EU FP7 project "Agriculture and Energy Efficiency (AGREE)". 20 nationally and internationally recognized agricultural research experts, representatives of the agricultural machinery industry, agricultural societies and research funding participated. Results will form the basis to formulate policy recommendations aiming at a stronger focus on research and measures to increase energy efficiency in agriculture. The workshop was held at the ICC Berlin in the context of the International Green Week in Berlin.

The project AGREE is funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Program as Coordination Action (CSA) (FP7-KBBE-2011-5-289139). It brings together actors from research, practice and policy in Germany, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. The aim is to initiate a transnational research agenda at European level in order to demonstrate the potentials for an energy-efficient agriculture.
AGREE will generate long-term research and development opportunities in the area of energy efficiency. Both at national and at European level, strategies are being developed in order to give new impetus to research on energy efficiency in agriculture.

More information on AGREE: 

Dr. Andreas Meyer-Aurich  
Dr. Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska 

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