Land-Use Intensity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the LURNZ Model

Motu Working Paper 14-03

43 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2014

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Levente Timar

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; GNS Science

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Date Written: February 27, 2014

Abstract

This paper documents the development of new land-use intensity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions modules for the Land Use in Rural New Zealand (LURNZ) model. These modules translate simulated land-use outcomes into measures of rural economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions for dairy farming and sheep-beef farming. Emissions in LURNZ include those from livestock as well as from synthetic fertiliser use. We utilise the latest set of emission factors along with information on the distribution of rural activities to model GHG emissions in a spatially and temporally explicit manner. Our results at the national level are approximately consistent with New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Keywords: Land-use intensity, greenhouse gas emissions, LURNZ

JEL Classification: Q15, Q58

Suggested Citation

Timar, Levente and Kerr, Suzi, Land-Use Intensity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the LURNZ Model (February 27, 2014). Motu Working Paper 14-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2402553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2402553

Levente Timar (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
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GNS Science ( email )

1 Fairway Dr
Avalon
Lower Hutt
New Zealand

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand
+64 4 383 4250 (Phone)
+64 4 383 4270 (Fax)

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