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The effects of potential reform of the CAP on greenhouse gas emissions from Irish agriculture: an extensification scenario


  • Jasmina Behan

    (FAS, Research and Planning Section, Ireland)

  • Kieran McQuinn

    (Central Bank of Ireland, Ireland)


Unlike most developed countries, agriculture is the greatest single source of greenhouse gases in Ireland and accounts for approximately one-third of the national emissions. In this paper, the future emissions of greenhouse gases from Irish agriculture are projected using an economic model of the Irish agricultural sector. Coefficients from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are used to convert the raw agricultural data from the economic model to emission levels. These projections are generated under two different scenarios: the first is a baseline result, which holds the present agricultural policy environment - the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) - constant for the projection period. The second result is the projection of emissions under a particular policy reform scenario. The effect of this scenario on emissions is measured relative to the baseline result. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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  • Jasmina Behan & Kieran McQuinn, 2004. "The effects of potential reform of the CAP on greenhouse gas emissions from Irish agriculture: an extensification scenario," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(1), pages 45-55.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:12:y:2004:i:1:p:45-55
    DOI: 10.1002/sd.227

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    1. Britz, Wolfgang & Heckelei, Thomas, 2008. "Recent Developments In Eu Policies – Challenges For Partial Equilibrium Models," 107th Seminar, January 30-February 1, 2008, Sevilla, Spain 6315, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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