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The choice of emission indicators in environmental policy design: an analysis of GHG abatement in different dairy farms based on a bio-economic model approach

  • Bernd Lengers

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    (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut fur Lebensmittel- und Ressourcenökonomik (ILR), Abt. Ressourcen- und Umweltökonomik, Nussallee 21, 53115 Bonn, Allemagne)

  • Wolfgang Britz

    (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Institut fur Lebensmittel- und Ressourcenökonomik (ILR), Abt. Wirtschafts- und Agrarpolitik)

The application of economic instruments to GHG emissions from dairy farms needs to rely on GHG indicators as actual emissions are impossible or extremely costly to measure. The choice of indicator impacts chosen abatement options, related costs and GHG actually emitted. A tool to quantify these relations is proposed which at its core consists of a highly detailed, mixed-integer dynamic programming model template able to cover a wide range of dairy farm characteristics and promising indicators. It allows deriving and comparing marginal abatement costs of GHGs emission for different farm types and indicators, informing the policy process about promising indicators, abatement strategies and related abatement and measurement costs.

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Article provided by INRA Department of Economics in its journal Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies.

Volume (Year): 93 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 117-144

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