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Ammonia Abatement Strategies in Livestock Production: A Case Study of a Poultry Installation

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  • Angus, A.J


    (Institute of Water and Environment, Cranfield University at Silsoe, Bedford, MK45 4DT, UK)

  • Ian Hodge

    (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 9EP, UK)

This study uses a linear programming approach to compare the potential effectiveness of uniform rules (under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive) and a landscape-scale based policy for reducing ammonia (NH3) emissions and their related impacts from a case study poultry installation. The model incorporates a variety of potential NH3 abatement techniques. It also incorporates the first application of a spatial model of the diffusion of environmental impacts from NH3 emissions. This models N deposition at a nearby nature reserve. The model finds that the uniform rules proposed under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive are likely to be ineffective in certain contexts and that a landscape-scale approach is more suitable for reducing N deposition from livestock production units in environmentally sensitive locations. However, the adjustments required are associated with large reductions in net margin. This reflects the limited range of cost-effective NH3 abatement techniques available. An alternative cost-effective abatement technique could be to maintain a spatial buffer between poultry production and sensitive receptors.

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Paper provided by University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics in its series Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers with number 01.2005.

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Date of creation: 2005
Date of revision: 2005
Handle: RePEc:lnd:wpaper:200501
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