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Marginal Abatement Cost Curves

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For UK Agriculture, Forestry, Land-use And Land-use Change Sector Out To 2022

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, land use and land use change (ALULUCF) are a significant percentage of UK industrial emissions.

The UK Government is committed to ambitious targets for reducing emissions and all significant industrial sources are coming under increasing scrutiny.

The task of allocating shares of future reductions falls to the newly appointed Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which needs to consider efficient mitigation potential across a range of sectors.

Government recognises the need to achieve emissions reductions in an economically efficient manner. In theory this means that some attempt should be made to equalise marginal abatement costs across different sectors.

In other words, the cheapest units of greenhouse gas should be abated first.

This suggests a requirement for information on abatement schedules or marginal abatement cost curves (MACC’s), which show the relative cost of greenhouse gas mitigation by alternative mitigation methods and technologies.

This project has refined previous work conducted for the CCC to depict abatement potential for ALULUCF for the UK.  In particular, the project is currently improving MACC estimates and incorporating other co-benefits into the analysis.

Project Number:  53810163

Funders - Defra

Prof Bob Rees

Professor of Agriculture & Climate Change / Head of Carbon Management Centre

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4365

E-mail: bob.rees@sruc.ac.uk

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