The Trade-off Between Bioenergy and Emissions With Land Constraints

dc.contributor.author Kauffman, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Hayes, Dermot
dc.contributor.department Economics
dc.date 2018-02-18T02:26:51.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:07:00Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:07:00Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Agricultural biofuels require the use of scarce land, and this land has opportunity cost. We explore the objective function of a social planner who includes a land constraint in the optimization decision to minimize environmental cost. The inclusion of this land constraint in our optimization model motivates the measurement of emissions on a per-hectare basis. Switchgrass and corn are modeled as competing alternatives to show how the inclusion of a land constraint can influence life cycle rankings and alter policy conclusions. With land use unconstrained, ethanol produced from switchgrass is always an optimal feedstock relative to ethanol produced from corn. With land use constrained, however, our results show that it is unlikely that switchgrass would be optimal in the midwestern United States, but may be optimal in southern states if carbon is priced relatively high. Whether biofuel policy advocates for one feedstock over another should consider these contrasting results.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This is a working paper of an article from <em>Energy Policy</em>, 54 (March 2013); 300-310. Doi: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.11.036" id="x-x-ddDoi" target="_blank">10.1016/j.enpol.2012.11.036</a>.</p>
dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/econ_las_pubs/423/
dc.identifier.articleid 1410
dc.identifier.contextkey 9466669
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dc.identifier.submissionpath econ_las_pubs/423
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/21637
dc.source.uri http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1538&context=card_workingpapers
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural and Resource Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Economics
dc.subject.disciplines International Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Other Economics
dc.subject.keywords Biofuels
dc.subject.keywords Land use
dc.subject.keywords Life cycle analysis
dc.title The Trade-off Between Bioenergy and Emissions With Land Constraints
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