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Agriculture And Climate Change In The Eu: Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Abatement Costs


  • de Cara, Stephane
  • Jayet, Pierre-Alain


This paper addresses the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in the European Union. We first estimate and compare net emissions from agricultural activities in twelve EU countries. These estimates are based on a set of farm-unit linear-programming models. We then use these models to derive marginal and total abatement costs associated with different levels of reduction targets (dual approach) and different values of carbon-equivalent emissions (primal approach). Finally, we explore the possibility of allowing afforestation on set-aside land. This paper highlights the discrepancies between countries regarding abatement costs and their sensitiveness to the accounting for carbon sequestration.

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  • de Cara, Stephane & Jayet, Pierre-Alain, 2001. "Agriculture And Climate Change In The Eu: Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Abatement Costs," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20577, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea01:20577
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.20577

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    1. de Cara, Stephane & Rozakis, Stelios, 2004. "Carbon sequestration through the planting of multi-annual energy crops: A dynamic and spatial assessment," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 5(1), pages 1-17, January.
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    3. de Cara, Stephane & Houze, Martin & Jayet, Pierre-Alain, 2004. "Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in the EU: A spatial assessment of sources and abatement costs," 2004 Conference (48th), February 11-13, 2004, Melbourne, Australia 58401, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    4. de Cara, Stephane & Rozakis, Stelios, 2003. "Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils: A dynamic assessment," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 21913, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Carlo Giupponi & Francesco Bosello & Andrea Povellato, 2007. "A Review of Recent Studies on Cost Effectiveness of GHG Mitigation Measures in the European Agro-Forestry Sector," Working Papers 2007.14, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    6. Lengers, Bernd & Britz, Wolfgang, 2012. "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," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement (RAEStud), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), vol. 93(2).
    7. Meyer-Aurich, Andreas & Truggelmann, Lothar, 2002. "Finding the optimal balance between economical and ecological demands on agriculture – research results and model calculations for a Bavarian experimental farm," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra, Australia 125139, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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    9. Meyer-Aurich, Andreas, 2005. "Economic and environmental analysis of sustainable farming practices - a Bavarian case study," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 86(2), pages 190-206, November.

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