Greenhouse Gas Emission Factor Module: Land Use in Rural New Zealand - Climate Version 1

Motu Working Paper No. 05-10

32 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2006

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Joanna Hendy

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

Several different New Zealand economic models produce measures of rural economic activity that have greenhouse gas implications. For climate change analysis, models need to translate economic activity into greenhouse gas emissions. This document estimates functions and creates projections for land-use related greenhouse gas emissions per unit of economic activity that are simple; are based on readily available data and strong science; are consistent with the national inventory in 2002; evolve so that implied net emissions approximately match past inventory totals (1990-2002); and can be linked easily to a variety of models so they can be used in simulations. We estimate dynamic greenhouse gas emission functions for five land uses: dairy, sheep, beef, plantation forestry, and indigenous forests; and for three greenhouse gases: methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide. We use an approach based on the consensus reached at the November 2004 "Land Use, Climate Change and Kyoto: Human dimensions research" project research workshop. These functions will allow different researchers who are studying activity levels in the rural sector to draw on a consistent set of emission functions when considering the greenhouse gas implications of their model results.

Keywords: Climate change, greenhouse gases, methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, scrub, forest

JEL Classification: Q24, Q25, Q15, Q23

Suggested Citation

Hendy, Joanna and Kerr, Suzi, Greenhouse Gas Emission Factor Module: Land Use in Rural New Zealand - Climate Version 1 (June 2005). Motu Working Paper No. 05-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=911071 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.911071

Joanna Hendy (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
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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