Nitrogen Trading Tool

Authored by: Jorge A. Delgado

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046452

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Abstract

Nitrogen is an important nutrient that contributes to increased crop yields, which are important for food security. However, when more nitrogen than necessary is applied, there is increased impact to the environment. There is potential to use environmental payments and/or credits in environmental trading and/or water or air quality programs to encourage farmers, nutrient managers, and organizations to apply best management practices that reduce the transport of reactive nitrogen to the environment. Numerous water and/or air quality programs have been established around the world. A nitrogen trading tool is a tool that is supported by algorithms to quickly assess the potential reduction in nitrogen losses that could result from using better management practices. The Nitrogen Trading Tool is defined as the NTT, which was released in 2010. Other tools that can be used to assess the benefits of management practices in terms of potential reductions of nitrogen losses to the environment are also nitrogen trading tools, though they may be referred to by another name (e.g., the Nutrient Tracking Tool). Nitrogen trading tools are ecotechnologies that will contribute to the development of marketplaces for trading ecosystem services that result from best management practices that contribute to air and water quality by reducing nitrogen losses to the environment.

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