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Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Policies

Project

Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Policies

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) wishes to improve its methodological framework in the area of cost-effectiveness assessments and environmental-economic analysis. Ecologic supports the EEA in this task by creating an inventory of applied ex-post evaluation studies with a focus on methodologies, guidelines, legal requirements and good practice examples from the EU Member States.

Ecologic in co-operation with eftec and IVM carries out a review of experiences with cost-effectiveness analyzes, methods and outcomes in the environmental arena. The project's objectives are:

  • to present an overview of legal requirements for the ex-post evaluation of environmental policy measures;
  • to review existing methodological guidelines and manuals for cost-effectiveness evaluations;
  • to take stock of practical experiences with cost-effectiveness analysis;
  • to describe methods used against the background of the purpose of the assessments, the availability of adequate data, and the way adaptations have been made in the case of data gaps; and
  • to provide recommendations for future methodological work by the EEA in this area.

The results are assembled in an online database on applied ex-post cost-effectiveness analysis (not available anymore). In addition, the final report [pdf, 210 kB] and the executive summary [pdf, 45 kB] are available for download.

The results of this project have been summarized in the publication Assessing the cost-effectiveness of environmental policies in Europe.

Benjamin Görlach presented the results of the project in a lecture on 17 June 2005 in Manchester.


Partner
Partner
VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Netherlands
Duration
October 2004 to February 2005
Project ID
1731
Keywords
cost effectiveness, environmental policy, EEA, ex-post, inventory, efficiency, instruments, environment agency, economics, environmental economics, valuation, CEA, CBA, use value, impact assessment, environmental impact assessment, EIA, cost-effectiveness analysis, evaluation, Europe