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EcAMPA Projects:

(1) Economic assessment of GHG mitigation policy options for EU agriculture (EcAMPA-I)

(2) CAPRI GHG emission accounting and EcAMPA-II

(3) CAPRI GHG emission accounting and EcAMPA-III


Joint Research Centre (JRC)


EcAMPA-I September 2013 - July 2014

EcAMPA-II May 2015 - May 2016

EcAMPA-III December 2016 - August 2018


Consortium ENgAGE (Expert Network for Agro-Economic modelling) represented by LEI, institute within the legal entity Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Wageningen. Active members of the team were:

  • EuroCARE GmbH (co-ordinating in EcAMPA-I, EcAMPA-II, EcAMPA-III)

  • SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Torbjoern Jansson (EcAMPA-I and EcAMPA-II, mainly for emission leakage)

  • Thomas Fellmann (EcAMPA-I)

  • SAC Commercial Ltd, Vera Eory (EcAMPA-III)

The leading role of JRC staff in scenario design and interpretation should be stressed. JRC staff also contributed to technical achievements in terms of the original idea for mitigation handling (Ingo Huck) as well as significant refinements and extensions for the specification of mitigation options (Franz Weiss).



In 2013 the Joint Research Centre, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) launched a study on the "Economic assessment of GHG mitigation policy options for EU agriculture" (EcAMPA) in 2013. The underlying impact assessment was perfomed with CAPRI that required modifications to endogenise mitigation choices. In essence Ecampa-I introduced rendered some technical coefficients variable at a certain cost that have only been varied in an exogenous manner in previous studies. A set of hypothetical scenarios was performed to stimulate the policy debate.


General objectives of EcAMPA-II are to (i) further improve CAPRI in temrs of technological GHG mitigation options and emission accounting and (ii) carry out a number of mitigation policy scenarios. In terms of improvements the specificaiton of techncological mitigaiton options has been updated and extended. The estimation of emission leakage effects has been improved by considering technological change over time. Carbon dioxide emissions have been fully introduced into the EU emission accounting based on a full land transition matrix. For non-EU regions the coverage of LUC effects has been extended to grassland, drawing on the GGELS study.


The CAPRI methodology on technical mitigation has been reviewed and refined regarding cost assumptions and regarding the measures considered. Furthermore the accounting and mitigation of CO2 effects was fully integrated in the CAPRI supply models. The updated system was applied in a large measure by measure set of scenarios but also used to determine marginal abatement cost curves with a potentially simulataneous use of all mitigaiton options.

Contributions of EuroCARE

EuroCARE provided general support on database and baseline updates and contributed improvements in mitigation accounting and modelling, both for non-CO2 and well as for CO2.


EcAMPA-I: Van Doorslaer, B, P. Witzke, I. Huck, F. Weiss, T. Fellmann, G. Salputra, T. Jansson, D. Drabik, A. Leip (2015): GHG emissions in agriculture: CAPRI model improvements and analysis of EU mitigation policy options, JRC Technical Reports, European Commission

EcAMPA-II: Pérez Domínguez, I., T. Fellmann, F. Weiss, P. Witzke, J. Barreiro-Hurlé, M. Himics, T. Jansson, G. Salputra, A. Leip (2016): An economic assessment of GHG mitigation policy options for EU agriculture (EcAMPA 2), JRC Science for Policy Report, European Commission