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Policy Options for Promoting the Use of an EU-wide Carbon Calculator

Policy Options for Promoting the Use of an EU-wide Carbon Calculator

Deliverables 2.4.2 and 2.5.2

This report presents the results of the survey on policy options for promoting the use of an EU-wide carbon calculator. It describes the methodology of the project, analyses the results and the strengths and weaknesses of each policy option and draws conclusions based on the results. The report is available for download.

For the survey, farmers and stakeholders in eight member states were consulted to find the most suitable out of three policy options (regulation, state-funded voluntary incentive schemes or certification or assurance schemes) for implementing the carbon calculator. The survey revealed that each strategy has its strengths and weaknesses.

The survey was conducted as a part of a pilot project requested by the European Parliament aimed at reducing the global warming emissions from farming. The project involves testing the carbon calculator, developing recommendations to improve its functioning and carrying out the survey.


Citation

Frelih-Larsen, A., Jones, P. J., Dooley, E., Naumann, S. (2013). Policy options for promoting the use of an EU-wide carbon calculator. Deliverables 2.4.2 and 2.5: a report to the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (JRC/IES) by Ecologic Institute and University of Reading.

Language
English
Author(s)
Philip Jones (University of Reading)
Peter Kuikman (Alterra)
Juan Oñate (Autonomous University of Madrid )
Erling Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Funding
Year
2013
Dimension
62 pp.
Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. Introduction
2. Methodology
2.1 Sampling and recruitment
2.2 The sample
3. Results of consultation on policy options
3.1 Experience with environmental and certification schemes
3.2 Willingness to use a carbon calculator
3.3 Analysis of views on policy options
3.3.1 Strengths and weaknesses of regulation or cross-compliance-based obligations
3.3.2 Strengths and weaknesses of state-funded agri-environmental voluntary incentive scheme
3.3.3 Strengths and weaknesses of certification
3.4 Potential design of an effective certification scheme involving use of the CC
4. Conclusions
References
Annex 1: Description of methodological approaches in case study countries
Annex 2: Farmer questionnaire – Analysis of Policy options for the administration of the carbon calculator
Annex 3: Stakeholder consultation document – Analysis of Policy options for the administration of the carbon calculator

Keywords
Slovenia, UK, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Europe, survey