Marginal Abatement Cost for the European dairy and Chinese agricultural sector
Prof Dominic Moran
I graduated with a BSc. in Biodiversity and Ecology from the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany and MSc. in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2011 I qualified for a funding from the Marie Curie Foundation, to pursue my PhD study in Agricultural Economics at the SRUC, University of Edinburgh. The Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Greenhouse Milk” is focusing on genetic and other tools to mitigate the environmental impact of dairy farms. This project aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the environmental impacts of dairy farming and find solutions for improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint. My task is to develop a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) which is a sophisticated tool for identifying best mitigation strategies in terms of GHG reduction potential and cost-effectiveness of GHG reduction.
I am part of the China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) and the ANIMALCHANGE project. The aim of SAIN is to develop and implement China-UK collaboration on environmentally sustainable agriculture and that of ANIMALCHANGE is to provide strategies for the global livestock sector to adapt and mitigate to climate change. My role in SAIN is to develop a MACC for GHG emission reduction in the Chinese livestock sector. For ANIMALCHANGE, I will assess the social, technological and economical farm scale barriers for implementing cutting edge technologies in dairy systems to cope with climate change.
Further work is proposed to assess uncertainty of MACCs through uncertainty analysis and investigating barriers for implementing new management techniques at farm scale.
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