Climate Change Mitigation Measures in Austrian Agriculture - Effects for the Period 2020-2050

Agriculture contributes approximately 10 percent to the emission of greenhouse gases in Austria. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the long-term development of the sector in order to assess whether Austria is achieving its emission targets. In a scenario "with existing measures" adaptation pathways of Austrian agriculture to market developments and political framework conditions up to 2050 are examined. The most recent price forecasts of OECD and FAO are used as an input for the description of market perspectives. A survey among agricultural experts in Austria is used to describe production conditions in detail. Proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, published by the European Commission in mid-2019, are used for the description of the policy environment. Climate change effects are not explicitly modelled but determined implicitly via production and market responses.