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Using LCA data for agri-environmental policy analysis at sector level

Schader, Chistian; Nemecek, Thomas; Gaillard, Gérard; Sanders, Jürn and Stolze, Matthias (2008) Using LCA data for agri-environmental policy analysis at sector level. In: Nemecek, Thomas and Gaillard, Gérard (Eds.) Proc. of the 6th Int. Conf. on LCA in the Agri-Food Sector, Zurich, November 12–14, 2008, pp. 211-218.

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Summary

In times of limited agricultural budgets, the cost-effectiveness of the policies becomes a major decision criterion for policy reforms. For comprehensively assessing the effects of an agrienvironmental policy environmental data has to be scaled up to sector level, taking into account uptake rates and transaction costs of the policies. This paper discusses the general suitability of LCA data to be upscaled and combined with economic sector models. We present an approach that is based on the representative farm-group model FARMIS and the Swiss Agricultural Life Cycle Assessments (SALCA).
Exemplary results of the model for energy use are shown and most prominent issues in the context of this upscaling process are discussed. The paper argues that uptake-effect functions will not necessarily be linear. Furthermore, the combination of normative and positive datasets causes inconsistencies which need to be minimised. Finally, we argue differences between the life-cycle view and the economist’s perspective lead to difficulties in the interpretation of the results. Nevertheless, this approach may deliver plausible results and can supplement ecological site-specific studies in the evaluation of agri-environmental policies.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:SALCA, FARMIS, positive mathematical programming, organic farming, environmental indicators, economic efficiency, life cycle assessment, Sozioökonomie, Ökobilanzierung
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > Agroscope > ART - Reckenholz location
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Farm Economics - BW
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Rural sociology
ISBN:978-3-905733-10-5
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/research/socio-economics.html
Deposited By: Schader, Dr. Christian
ID Code:20323
Deposited On:10 Apr 2013 10:44
Last Modified:18 Mar 2014 12:17
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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