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Nitrogen input in the biosphere

First nitrogen report from the Federal Government

This report from the German government draws attention to the significance of nitrogen for our society and to the consequences and causes of high nitrogen emissions. It is intended to provide information to the public and increase awareness. In this document, the German government positions itself within the national and international conversations about the health, environmental and economic risks connected to excessive inputs of reactive nitrogen into the environment.

The intent is to highlight goals, fields of action and policy approaches relevant to the topic. The report makes clear the cross-sector need for action to reduce inputs of reactive nitrogen into the air, soil, water and other ecosystems at local, national and global levels. Reactive nitrogen is a general term used for a variety of nitrogen compounds such as nitrogen oxides (nitrogen dioxide and nitrous oxide/laughing gas), ammonia and nitrate.

In order to solve the nitrogen problem, the government relies on an integrated approach to reduction. This takes into account all emission-producing sectors and all affected media.

The aim is to reduce reactive nitrogen emissions because excess reactive nitrogen is harmful to people, the environment and the economy.


Last update: 17.05.2017