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Trade-off of feasibility against accuracy and cost efficiency in choosing indicators for the abatement of GHG-emissions in dairy farming

Bernd Lengers, Wolfgang Britz and Holm-Müller, Karin

No 162877, Discussion Papers from University of Bonn, Institute for Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: There is a broad discussion about the inclusion of agriculture into greenhouse gas reduction efforts, such as the Kyoto mechanism. As most agricultural GHG emissions stem from non-point sources, they cannot be directly measured and therefore have to be derived by calculation schemes (indicators). We designed five such GHG indicators for dairy farms and analysed trade-offs between these indicators´ feasibility, measurement accuracy and abatement costs based on emission reduction simulations with a highly detailed single farm optimization model. Results indicate that the trade-offs depend both on farm characteristics and on the targeted reduction level. In particular, advantages of detailed indicators decrease for higher abatement levels.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Livestock Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-03-08
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.162877

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