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Special Issue "Land-Use Competition"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Social Ecology and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Miguel Brandão

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: Life Cycle Assessment; bioeconomy systems; land-use competition; industrial ecology; ecological economics
Guest Editor
Dr. Hans Langeveld

Biomass research, 6702 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: biomass availability; biobased economy; sustainable land use issues
Guest Editor
Mag. Andreas Mayer

Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen Adria University, 1070 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: environmental and social trade-off assessments; land and resource use competition; agent based modelling; social metabolism; society-nature interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the competing demands on land to adequately feed people, sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services, and mitigate climate change, there is a clear need for a systematic basis for allocating land use with respect to economic, social, and environmental objectives.

The journal Sustainability is hosting a Special Issue on “Land-Use Competition”. Studies are welcome that formulate an integrated environmental and economic assessment of the global consequences of land use strategies for food, feed, fuel, timber and carbon sink, consisting of novel operational approaches that propose resolving the associated methodological issues. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and/or (parallel) economic-equilibrium modelling studies are of particular interest, as are consequential approaches for considering indirect effects when assessing land use strategies, or any other approach for estimating indirect land use change.

Dr. Miguel Brandão
Dr. Hans Langeveld
Mag. Andreas Mayer
Guest Editors

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  • Land-use competition
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Consequential modelling
  • Economic-equilibrium modelling
  • Bioenergy

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Open AccessArticle Land Use Change under Biofuel Policies and a Tax on Meat and Dairy Products: Considering Complexity in Agricultural Production Chains Matters
Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 419; doi:10.3390/su10020419
Received: 22 December 2017 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
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Growing demand for meat and dairy products (MDP), biofuels, and scarcity of agricultural land are drivers of global land use competition. Impacts of policies targeting demand for MDP or biofuels have only been analysed separately. We use the computable general equilibrium model DART-BIO
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Growing demand for meat and dairy products (MDP), biofuels, and scarcity of agricultural land are drivers of global land use competition. Impacts of policies targeting demand for MDP or biofuels have only been analysed separately. We use the computable general equilibrium model DART-BIO to investigate combined effects, since MDP and biofuel production are closely related via feestock use and co-production of animal feed. We implement four scenarios: (a) a baseline scenario; (b) halving MDP consumption in industrialised countries by a tax; (c) abolishing current biofuel policies; and (d) no exogenous land use change. We find that a MDP tax and exogenous land use change have larger effects on land use and food markets than biofuel policies. International trade is affected in all scenarios. With respect to combined effects of a MDP tax and biofuel policies, we find decreasing biodiesel but increasing bioethanol production. In addition, the MDP tax decreases the impact of biofuel policies on agricultural markets and land use. Our results highlight the importance of a detailed representation of different vegetable oils used in biodiesel production and related by-products. Finally, since the MDP tax increases the use of fossil fuels, the net climate mitigation potentials of such a tax should be investigated further. Full article
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