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Abatement costs for agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus loads: a case study of crop farming in south-western Finland

Helin, Janne; Laukkanen, Marita and Koikkalainen, Kauko (2006) Abatement costs for agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus loads: a case study of crop farming in south-western Finland. Agricultural and Food Science, 15 (4), pp. 351-374.

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Summary

Designing efficient agri-environmental policies for agricultural nutrient load reductions calls for information on the costs of emission reduction measures. This study develops an empirical framework for estimating abatement costs for nutrient loading from agricultural land. Nitrogen abatement costs and the phosphorus load reductions associated with nitrogen abatement are derived for crop farming in south-western Finland. The model is used to evaluate the effect of the Common Agricultural Policy reform currently underway on nutrient abatement costs. Results indicate that an efficiently designed policy aimed at a 50% reduction in agricultural nitrogen load would cost € 48 to € 35 million, or € 3756 to € 2752 per farm.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:water pollution, agriculture, abatement, nitrogen, phosphorus, nutrient load
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Finland > MTT Agrifood Research
ISSN:1795-1895
Related Links:http://www.mtt.fi/english
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:16761
Deposited On:12 Feb 2010 12:37
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:43
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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