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Marginal Abatement Cost Curve 2023 - Executive Summary

12 July 2023
Type Report

The Teagasc Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) identifies the most cost-effective pathway to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance carbon sequestration in the Agricultural, Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry sectors plus (Bio) energy. This is the third iteration of the Teagasc GHG MACC; previous iterations were published in 2012 and 2018.

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In this version of the MACC the FAPRI Ireland was used to model three potential agricultural activity scenarios on
how animal numbers will evolve in 2030; Scenario 1 (S1) is the most likely base case, while Scenario 2 (S2) and Scenario 3 (S3) project lower and higher numbers respectively. Additionally, two assumed adoption rates for each mitigation measure were assumed; Pathway 1 (P1) had an adoption rate similar to the last MACC, while Pathway 2 (P2) assumed a higher adoption rate that represented the maximum technically feasible.

The new Teagasc Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) to assist farmers and the Agriculture industry to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions, was launched on Wednesday, 12 July by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, in Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin.

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  • Welcome Address
    Liam Herlihy, Chair of Teagasc Authority
  • Opening Address
    Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc
  • Minister’s Address
    Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine
  • The Teagasc MACC 2023
    Professor Gary Lanigan, Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Drainage Status of Grassland Peat Soils
    Dr. Pat Tuohy, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Teagasc MACC Q&A - facilitated by Suzanne Campbell
    Professor Gary Lanigan, Research Officer, Teagasc; Fiona Thorne, Research Officer, Teagasc; Lilian O’Sullivan, Research Officer, Teagasc; Donagh Berry, Senior Principal Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Signpost Advisory Programme - Helping to deliver the Teagasc MACC
    Tom Curran, Head of Teagasc Advisory Service, Teagasc
  • Making MACC 2023 Happen - Panel Discussion - facilitated by Suzanne Campbell
    Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc; Edwina Love, Principal Officer, DAFM; Thomas Duffy, Chair of Teagasc Signpost Programme Steering Committee; Deirdre Ryan, Director of Origin Green, Bord Bia