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Agriculture makes a significant contribution to Norway’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Although thesector accounts for only 0.3 per cent of GDP, it accounts for roughly 9 per cent of total GHG emissions.Norwegian agriculture is dominated by livestock production; ruminants (cattle and sheep) are particularlyimportant. There are opportunities for GHG mitigation under existing technology through changes inagricultural practices. Analytically we derive abatement cost curves for Norway in terms of the change ineconomic welfare, and on a theoretical basis we examine the impact of various policy objectives on theabatement cost curve. In particular we consider the policy objective of keeping the production of calories at thecurrent level. We use a detailed economic model to assess the impact and welfare implication of a reduction inGHG emissions.

Keywords: greenhouse gas mitigation ; economic model ; abatement costs

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

International Relations/Trade

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Research Methods/ Statistical Methods

Issue Date: 2014-04

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

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Total Pages: 14

JEL Codes: C61; Q18; Q54

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Society > 88th Annual Conference, April 9-11, 2014, AgroParisTech, Paris, France

Autor: Blandford, David ; Gaasland, Ivar ; Vårdal, Erling


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