Title: The need for comprehensive climate change mitigation policies in European agriculture
Citation: EUROCHOICES vol. 14 no. 1 p. 11-16
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC92595
ISSN: 1478-0917
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1746-692X.12076/abstract;jsessionid=08A90EF478D3FFE577371E5A3C9E2C27.f02t02
DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12076
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: During the last decade the European Union has shown a firm determination to move to a low carbon economy. Since 2008 the agricultural sector has been part of this strategy and is included in the EU effort sharing decision. Introducing specific GHG mitigation obligations for agriculture could be one option to achieve an overall GHG emission reduction target. One argument for this strategy would be that the agricultural sector is the main contributor of non-CO 2 greenhouse gases. Nevertheless, a comprehensive EU mitigation policy would most likely have to take into account the particularities of its diverse agricultural sector, reflected by different trends in historical GHG emission reductions, and a varied mitigation cost structure between farming systems. Consequently, using targeted but flexible policy instruments may more equitably distribute the mitigation efforts across Member States and reduce cost inefficiencies. The increased uptake of technological and management emission mitigation measures would be crucial to keep mitigation costs for EU farmers at a minimum. However, while unilateral action would initially signal the EU’s commitment to serious GHG mitigation effort in the sector, ultimately a multilateral agreement is needed to minimize emission leakage and to reduce global GHG emissions effectively.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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