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Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Policies


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.

VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Netherlands
October 2004 to February 2005
Project ID
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