Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Norwegian agriculture
Agricultural activity is a significant contributor to GHG emissions, being responsible for about 9 percent of the total Norwegian GHG emissions. The main object in the project is to assess cost efficient ways to reduce these emissions, while ensuring important objectives attached to agricultural activity, like food security, rural viability and land amenity values. For this aim we use a partial equilibrium model for the Norwegian agriculture (Jordmod). This enable us to identify trade-offs between social, economic and environmental interest in this resource based sector of the economy. Emphasize will be put on land use and practices that contributes to lower GHG emissions or even sequester carbon. We will consider economic incentive structures that might facilitate the adoption of low emission and sequestration technologies.
The project is a co-operative effort between SNF (Ivar Gaasland, Odd Godal and Erling Vårdal), CICERO (Solveig Glomsrød) and Bioforsk (Arne Grønlund). In addition David Blandford at Penn State will participate. SNF has special competence in using numerical models, both partial and general equilibrium models,; e.g., efficient policy instruments to achieve agricultural policy goals. CICERO conducts research on national and international issues related to climate change and climate policy. Bioforsk is a national R&D institute specializing in the fields of agriculture and food production, environmental protection and natural resource management.
Publications on the greenhouse gas emissions project