The Effect of Biogas Production on Farmland Rental Prices: Empirical Evidences from Northern Italy
AbstractIn the last decade, increased environmental awareness has prompted the adoption of incentives for exploiting renewable energy sources. Among these, biogas production has received a certain attention in developed countries. Nonetheless, the subsidies provided have posed the problem of an activity (the production of bioenergy) that engages in direct competition with food and feed production for limited resources, like agricultural land. Even if this competition may be softened by allocating marginal land and/or using dedicated non-agricultural crops, empirical evidence shows that biogas plants have been developed in highly-productive agricultural areas, using increasing amounts of maize silage as feedstock. Thus, studies aimed at measuring the effect of biogas production on agricultural activities are needed in order to avoid this socially undesirable outcome. The paper presents an econometric estimation of the impact of biogas plants on farmland rental values of a Northern Italian rural area. Results show that biogas has a non-linear effect on rental prices, suggesting that incentive schemes specifically accounting for plants’ dimensions and technologies would improve the social sustainability of the bioenergy sector and its coexistence with agricultural activity. View Full-Text
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Demartini, E.; Gaviglio, A.; Gelati, M.; Cavicchioli, D. The Effect of Biogas Production on Farmland Rental Prices: Empirical Evidences from Northern Italy. Energies 2016, 9, 965.
Demartini E, Gaviglio A, Gelati M, Cavicchioli D. The Effect of Biogas Production on Farmland Rental Prices: Empirical Evidences from Northern Italy. Energies. 2016; 9(11):965.Chicago/Turabian Style
Demartini, Eugenio; Gaviglio, Anna; Gelati, Marco; Cavicchioli, Daniele. 2016. "The Effect of Biogas Production on Farmland Rental Prices: Empirical Evidences from Northern Italy." Energies 9, no. 11: 965.
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