Definition of 4F Field Burning of Agricultural Residues Source Category
Emission of non-CO2 greenhouse gases from burning (in the field) of crop residue and other agricultural wastes on site. These include woody crop residues (e.g. coconut shells, jute sticks, etc.); cereal residues (e.g. rice and wheat straw, maize stalks, etc.); green crop residues (e.g. groundnut straw, soybean tops, etc.). The burning of agricultural waste for energy is excluded here but included under fuel combustion activities in Section 1 A. CO2 from vegetal or biomass burning is noted for information but is not included in the inventory total, since it is assumed that a roughly equivalent amount of CO2 is removed by regrowth of the next crop.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Revised 1996 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Houghton, J.T., Meira Filho, L.G., Lim, B., Tréanton, K., Mamaty, I., Bonduki, Y., Griggs, D.J. and Callander, B.A. (Eds).. IPCC/OECD/IEA, 1997.
Available online at: http://www.ipcc-tfi.iges.or.jp/public/gl/invs1.html