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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-06-01 - 2019-05-31

The project aims at • representing the Austrian bio-economy in an integrated modelling framework under changing climate, policy and market conditions at local and global scales, • identifying and analyzing types and sources of uncertainty in the integrated modelling framework, and at • communicating the uncertainties to potential users in an efficient format The integrated modelling framework for the assessment of the Austrian bio-economy consists of a bio-physical process model, an agronomic model, a spatially explicit bottom-up model of the Austrian agricultural and forestry sector, a bottom-up partial-equilibrium model of the global agricultural and forestry sector, as well as an econometric Input-Output model of the Austrian economy. Uncertainties and their propagation through the integrated assessment framework will be identified in several steps. First, we will define types and sources of uncertainties. Second, we will identify model parameters and model input data that are of interest to both model developers and stakeholders, ideally selecting those that are likely to have significant impact on both, the outcome of the integrated assessment framework and on uncertainty. This will be done in the context of climate, market and policy scenarios. Third, an adequate uncertainty analysis method has to be chosen based on the required time and computational resources. Finally, we will analyze the generated modelling framework output uncertainty in order to identify the contribution of single sources and types of uncertainty to modelling framework sensitivity and uncertainty. The project results should contribute to identifying robust mitigation and adaptation strategies in the Austrian bio-economy, to analyzing inherent uncertainties and to communicate these uncertainties to policy makers in a jointly developed and efficient format.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-05-01 - 2017-10-31

This working paper assesses, how the feed-in support policy in Austria can be re-designed, to increase cost-efficiency and the incentives for system-integration of renewables. We present the existing feed-in tariff system, show the success in terms of renewable expansion in Austria, and assess which deployment scenarios for renewables are realistic in Austria up to 2025. Afterwards, we comprehensively present different forms of premium feed-in tariffs and assess, using existing literature, how they affect cost-efficiency and system integration. Premium tariffs with monthly and yearly floating pricing mechanisms, with price-floors and caps and with special mechanisms to lower production under negative price regimes are compared. In a second part we analyze, how a premium system has to be designed to guarantee a stabile expansion under planable costs and a minimization of social conflicts among neighbours of projects. Determining the premium in the tariff systems by auctioning or by administriatively regulating tariffs is discussed in the third part. In a final conclusion, we give recommendations for the design of a future feed-in tariff system in Austria.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-09-01 - 2018-08-31

Geographical Indications (GIs) help firms to protect common quality standards while highlighting the geographical origin of food. EU protected GIs are based on collective action, i.e. groups of firms define quality standards. Adaptations of quality standards are necessary due to international competition or changing consumer demand. Whether GI firms are able to adapt will be largely affected by formal and informal institutions of collective action. This study aims to understand the adaptability of quality standards of Austrian and Italian GIs. By analysing the action situation, we will comprehend how firms interact and define their quality rules, the collective time efforts for adapting quality standards and the factors affecting the adaptive capacity. Studying how quality is built and modified is relevant both from an academic (e.g., adaptability of institutions of collective action) and from a practical point of view (e.g., guidelines for adapting Product Specifications).

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