Incentivizing the Reduction of Pollution at Dairies: How to Address Additionality When Multiple Environmental Credit Payments Are Combined

Abstract

Introduction 2 Waste Management in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations 2 Anaerobic Digestion 5 Adoption Economics 7 Discussion of Key Policy Questions 13 References 15 SUMMARY Anaerobic digesters (ADs) can reduce waste volumes and capture methane emissions from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), but their adoption rate is low because their cost is high relative to other forms of waste management. Farmers who use ADs can attempt to sell carbon credits and nutrient credits as well as renewable electricity certificates (RECs) generated by on-site electricity production from captured methane. These credits and RECs can be used as marketable “offsets” that buyers can use to help meet their greenhouse gas and nutrient pollution reduction goals.

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@inproceedings{INSTITUTE2015IncentivizingTR, title={Incentivizing the Reduction of Pollution at Dairies: How to Address Additionality When Multiple Environmental Credit Payments Are Combined}, author={NICHOLAS INSTITUTE and NI WP and B. Charles Murray and Tibor Vegh}, year={2015} }