Greenhouse Gas and Groundwater Recharge Abatement Benefits of Tree Crops in South-Western Australian Farming Systems

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2004

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Elizabeth Petersen

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS)

Steven Schilizzi

University of Western Australia

David Bennett

NRMC Pty. Ltd. (Natural Resource Management Consultants)

Abstract

The indirect benefits of a commercial tree crop for greenhouse gas and groundwater recharge abatement are analysed. Oil mallees are introduced into a whole-farm linear programming model as a source of income, an offset to greenhouse gas emissions from the mixed sheep and cropping enterprises and as a source of groundwater recharge abatement. The profitability of oil mallees is found to be very sensitive to the discount rate, yield and price assumptions and the relative profitability of other farm enterprises (especially the wool enterprise). Under standard assumptions where oil mallees are profitable, the trees significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and groundwater recharge and the farm remains profitable. If farm-level policies are introduced for greenhouse gas abatement, without tree crops or some other technological change, the current farming systems would fail and be replaced by alternative land uses.

Suggested Citation

Petersen, Elizabeth and Schilizzi, Steven and Bennett, David, Greenhouse Gas and Groundwater Recharge Abatement Benefits of Tree Crops in South-Western Australian Farming Systems. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 47, pp. 211-231, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=544315

Elizabeth Petersen

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS) ( email )

Division of Economics, RSPAS
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Steven Schilizzi (Contact Author)

University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
AUSTRALIA

David Bennett

NRMC Pty. Ltd. (Natural Resource Management Consultants)

Fremantle 6160
Australia

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