UNFCCC Small-Scale Methodology: Reduction of N2O emissions from use of Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) seeds that require less fertilizer application

Sadie S

This methodology includes the use of a genetically distinct type of seed for crops that utilize nitrogen more efficiently (“Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) seed”) and requires less fertilizer than conventional seeds. The reduction of fertilizer use will lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions that are a result of nitrification and denitrification in the soil. This methodology enables project proponents to calculate reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the use of the NUE seed. By reducing the amount of fertilizer required to sustain yields of regular seed, N2O emissions are reduced.