Definition of 4B Manure Management Source Category
Methane and nitrous oxide are produced from the decomposition of manure under low oxygen or anaerobic conditions. These conditions often occur when large numbers of animals are managed in a confined area (e.g. dairy farms, beef feedlots, and swine and poultry farms), where manure is typically stored in large piles or disposed of in lagoons and other types of manure management systems. Methane emissions are covered in Sections 4 B 1 to 4 B 9 and N2O emissions in Sections 4 B 10 to 4 B 12 below.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Updated UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories following incorporation of the provisions of decision 14/CP.11. 2006.
Available online at: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2006/sbsta/eng/09.pdf
Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Reporting Instructions. Section 1.1, "Source/sink categories."
Available online at: http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/gl/guidelin/ch1ri.pdf