Forestry Commission report analyses climate change mitigation

A new research report published by the Forestry Commission analyses evidence of the cost-effectiveness of UK forestry measures for climate change mitigation.

Comparing the cost-effectiveness of different climate change mitigation measures is essential in minimising the cost of meeting national greenhouse gas reduction targets, said the Forestry Commission.

The report, "Marginal Abatement Cost Curves for UK Forestry", focuses upon the costs of different measures and their potential to reduce emissions or sequester greenhouse gases. These can be depicted using a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve.

Previous studies have shown that UK forestry measures are generally highly cost-effective by comparison with government estimates of the social value of carbon used in policy appraisal. But estimates are sensitive to a range of factors, including the species planted, forest management regime, environmental conditions, co-benefits and methodology adopted.

This review provides a comparison of previous approaches and underlying presumptions, and summarises the current approach to cost-effectiveness analysis for policy appraisal and evaluation recommended in government guidance. It also provides recommendations for future studies.

The report was written by Gregory Valatin of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research agency, and is aimed at researchers, economists, policy-makers and opinion formers.

It is available only as an unpriced PDF publication for downloading from the publications pages of the Forestry Commission website, Hard copies are not available, and the stock code is FCRP019.

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