New CECILIA2050 report assesses the EU's mitigation policy instruments in the areas of food and agriculture

14 April 2014

The report assesses the current greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation policy instruments in food and agriculture in the European Union (EU) based on the criteria developed in Task 1.1 of the CECILIA2050 project and covers the three dimensions: environmental effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility. On the basis of the instrument mix indentified in Task 1.2 of the CECILIA2050 project the assessment was carried out in a sample of four Member States including the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The assessment is based on a comprehensive review of literature as well as on interviews with key stakeholders from the four case study countries and includes policy instruments that focus on both, the producer and the consumer.

The report finds that an integrated climate policy the covers the entire agri-food supply chain at the EU or Member State level does not exist and that the policy instruments that have so far been developed focus on different parts of the chain without much (or any) coordination. The report also finds that many stakeholders prefer an integrated policy that covers the whole chain and that considers GHG emission reduction within a broader context of sustainable agriculture.

The full version of the report is available for download in the publication section of our website.