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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/41/S19.065

MARGINAL ABATEMENT COST CURVE FOR ASSESSING MITIGATION POTENTIAL OF LATVIAN AGRICULTURAL GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS: CASE STUDY OF CROP SECTOR

D. Popluga, K. Naglis-Liepa, A. Lenerts, P. Rivza
Tuesday 12 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-06-5 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 41, 511-518 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/41/S19.065

ABSTRACT

Latvia has been actively involved in reducing global climate change. However, since 2006, along with an increase in economic activity, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Latvia’s agricultural sector have tended to increase; besides, the agricultural sector is the second largest source of GHG emissions, in 2015 accounting for 24.2% of the total GHG emissions in the country. Such changes in GHG emissions from agriculture in Latvia indicate that without additional measures Latvia cannot reach its GHG emission targets set internationally as one of the EU strategic goals is to introduce low carbon farming in practice. Experience of different countries shows that several approaches may be applied to analyses of GHG reduction activities. This paper develops a marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for crop farming applicable in Latvia’s agriculture. A range of specific measures, which aims to foster effective fertilizer application and improve soil fertility were screened for their cost-effectiveness and mitigation potential using disaggregated approach. Results indicate that MACC approach is useful tool for understanding and motivating mitigation in agriculture.

Keywords: Marginal abatement cost curve, greenhouse gas emissions, mitigation, Latvia.