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Assessing the Cost-effectiveness of Environmental Policies in Europe

Assessing the Cost-effectiveness of Environmental Policies in Europe

Economic analysis for policy appraisal is generally interested in answering two questions, "is a given policy objective worth achieving" and if so, "has the policy objective been achieved in the most cost-effective way?" While the first question is addressed in a cost-benfit analysis (CBA), the second question can be answered with the help of a cost-effective analysis (CEA). The authors of this book chapter focus on ex-post CEA and reveal problems, challenges and opportunities of CEA at the European level.

They provide an overview of legal requirements for ex post CEA in European environmental policy, and summarize the guidance documents and manual for carrying out ex post CEAs. Furthermore they present selected case studies of applied ex post CEA for environmental policy measures, and provide an interpretation of the results. Finally they conclude and suggest a number of recommendations.

This publication is a result of the project Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Policies, which Ecologic conducted in 2005 on behalf of the EEA, together with IVM and eftec.

The book can be ordered at Amazon.


Benjamin Görlach; Eduard Interwies; Jodi Newcombe and Helen Johns 2007: "Assessing the cost-effectiveness of environmental policies in Europe", in: Clive George and Colin Kirkpatrick (eds.): Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 185-215.

Jodi Newcombe
Helen Johns
1845427874, 978-1845427870
31 pp.
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Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Legal Requirements for Ex Post CEA’s
  3. Guidance Documents
  4. Case Studies of Applied Ex Post Cost-Effectiveness Analyses
  5. Interpretation of the Results
  6. Conclusions and Recommendations
environmental policy, cost-effective analysis, CEA, cost-benefit analysis, CBA, legal requirements, ex post, ex ante, impact assessment, Europe