Thursday April 2nd – AES GHG Workshop

IMI, Dublin



Workshop on Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture  (Venue: IMI)

09.00 – 9:10


Chair: Wilfrid Legg (Head of Policies and Environment Division, OECD)

Wilfrid Legg is Head of the Policies and Environment Division in the OECD Agriculture Directorate, where he has been since 1981, after working as a research fellow in Sussex University. His main areas of expertise are in agricultural and environmental policy analysis, and in measuring and evaluating agricultural policy developments, using the internationally recognised measures of support to agriculture (the Producer and Consumer Support Estimates) that he helped develop. He was President of the Agricultural Economics Society for the year 2003-2004.

09.10 – 9.30

Bernard Hyde (Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland)

Bernard Hyde is a Scientific Officer with the Environmental Protection Agency. His responsibilities include the compilation of air emission inventories of acidifying gases under the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and greenhouse gases under Decision 280/2004/EC and Articles 4 and 12 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has particular expertise in the area of agricultural emissions having undertaken postgraduate research in the subject matter. His presentation will focus on agriculture's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland and the methods used to estimate them.

09.30 – 09.50

Adrian Leip (European Commission - JRC)

Adrian Leip is a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy (Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Climate Change Unit). His expertise is in the measurement and modelling of greenhouse gas fluxes from terrestrial and coastal ecosystems, with particular focus on the regional application of linked economic and biogeochemistry models. He is currently working mainly on the greenhouse gas balance in European agriculture, focusing on gaseous nitrogen compounds, and on methodological issues related to the national greenhouse gas inventories in agriculture. His presentation will focus on the application of the CAPRI/DNDC-EUROPE framework to assess greenhouse gas fluxes from agricultural soils and the development of marginal emission factors.

09.50 – 10.10

Caroline Saunders (Lincoln University, New Zealand)

Caroline Saunders is Professor of Trade and Environmental Economics and Director of the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University, New Zealand.  Her current research includes evaluating trade and the environment including assessment of international markets policies and their impact on development. This includes developing and using the Lincoln Trade and Environment Model to assess impacts on trade of various factors including changing policy, market trends, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and the development of new technologies. Her presentation will focus on the impact of agricultural trade reform on greenhouse gas emissions.

10.10 – 10.30

Trevor Donnellan (Teagasc – The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority)

Trevor Donnellan is a researcher at the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc. His research focuses on agricultural and trade policy modelling and also includes the modelling of greenhouse gas emissions as well as mitigation options. His presentation is titled greenhouse gas emissions and abatement in a commodity modelling framework.

10.30 – 11.00

Tea/Coffee Break (IMI Restaurant))

11.00 – 11.20

Stephane De Cara (INRA, France)

Stephane De Cara is a researcher with INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique). He obtained a PhD in economics from the University of Paris-Nanterre in 2001. His research interests include the links between agriculture and climate change, with an emphasis on multi-gas mitigation and carbon sequestration options, their costs implications for environmental and agricultural policies. He will present new estimates of marginal abatement costs in EU-25 agriculture.

11.20 – 11.40

Dominic Moran (Scottish Agricultural College, UK)

Dominic Moran is Reader in Environmental Economics at SAC, Edinburgh. His research focuses on the supply of and demands for public goods from agriculture and land management, with emphasis on the application of non market valuation methods.  His recent research has addressed the efficiency of greenhouse gas mitigation from agriculture. In this presentation he will present the results of a recent exercise conducted for the UK Committee on Climate Change to construct a bottom-up marginal abatement cost curve for emissions mitigation from agriculture, land use, land use change and forestry.

11.40 –12.00  

Werner Hediger (Swiss College of Agriculture)

Werner Hediger is currently Professor of Economics and Head of Master’s Studies at the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), Zollikofen, Switzerland. His research has focused on the areas of agricultural sustainability and modelling Greenhouse Gas emissions as well as mitigation options in Swiss agricultural. His presentation is titled Modelling greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in Swiss agriculture: An integrated economic approach.

12.00 –12.20  


James Breen (Teagasc – The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority)

James Breen is a research officer in the Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc he is also currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses on modelling the farm-level impact of greenhouse gas emissions abatement strategies, with particular emphasis on the role of market-based abatement strategies. His presentation will focus on the potential impact on Irish farm income of a market for tradable greenhouse gas emissions permits. 

12.20 –13.00



13.00 – 14.00


Lunch & Close (IMI Restaurant)