Review and update the UK agriculture MACC to assess the abatement potential for the 5th carbon budget period and to 2050: Final report submitted for the project contract “Provision of services to review and update the UK agriculture MACC and to assess abatement potential for the 5th carbon budget period and to 2050”

V Eory*, M MacLeod, CFE Topp, RM Rees, J Webb, A McVittie, E Wall, F Borthwick, CA Watson, A Waterhouse, J Wiltshire, H Bell, D Moran, RJ Dewhurst

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Abstract

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, land use and land use
change (ALULUCF) are a significant percentage of UK emissions (9.0% in 2013,
see Salisbury et al. (2015)). The UK Climate Change Act (2008) sets a target of
achieving at least a 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 relative to the
1990 baseline, and the Government has set carbon budgets for four five-year
periods from 2008 to 2027, at levels recommended by the Committee on
Climate Change (CCC). The CCC recommendations draw on the best available
evidence, including the marginal abatement cost curves (MACCs) that have been
developed for the ALULUCF sector.
The CCC needs to recommend the level of the 5th carbon budget covering the
period 2028-32 by the end of 2015. In doing so, it is reviewing latest evidence
on abatement potential and costs across sectors. The overall aim of this study
was to develop an updated MACC for the UK ALULUCF sector. Specific objectives
were to:
• Review the CCC’s fourth carbon budget (2023-2027) ALULUCF abatement
potential and costs in light of the latest evidence.
• Extend the analysis to cover the fifth carbon budget period.
• Provide a qualitative assessment of additional mitigation measures that
could be available by 2050.
Original languageEnglish
Publisher Prepared for the Climate Change Committee
Commissioning bodyCommitte on Climate Change
Number of pages271
Publication statusPrint publication - 2015

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