Coupled Agricultural Subsidies in the EU Undermine Climate Efforts

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Subsidizing polluting industries generally leads to increased pollution locally. However, given the diversity of production technologies across countries and international trade, the global impact of unilateral policies is not a priori clear. We use the agricultural sector model CAPRI to simulate the impact of removing the voluntary coupled support for ruminants, presently permitted under the EU Common Agricultural Policy. We find that this reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. However, emissions leakage significantly diminishes the global mitigation effect since about 3/4 of the reduction in the EU is offset by increased emissions in the rest of the world.


  • Torbjörn Jansson
  • Ida Nordin
  • Fredrik Wilhelmsson
  • Peter Witzke
  • Gordana Manevska-Tasevska
  • Franz Weiss
  • Alexander Gocht
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • European Centre for Agricultural, Regional and Environmental Policy Research
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Lantbruksvetenskap, skogsbruk och fiske
  • Nationalekonomi


TidskriftApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
StatusPublished - 2020 okt 8
Peer review utfördJa