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The ExternE project aims to be the first systematic approach to the evaluation of external costs of a wide range of different fuel cycles. A major result of this work is the methodology which has been developed. This is a significant advance on earlier studies. It provides a transparent basis on which different impacts, technologies and locations may be compared. It is suitable for evaluation of the health and environmental damages due to increments in electricity production, with or without monetary valuation of the impacts. This report reviews the methodology and presents the major results obtained in its application to seven important fuel cycles, namely the coal, lignite, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro and wind fuel cycles, Chapter 2 reviews the methodology developed for the quantification of impacts and discusses the associated issues. Chapter 3 discusses the methodological issues associated with the economic valuation of impacts, Chapters 4 and 5 report in detail on the assessment of the coal and nuclear fuel cycles. Chapter 6 summarizes the progress to date on the ExternE Project and presents a comparison of the results obtained for the four fossil fuel cycles together with results from the nuclear and renewable fuel cycles.

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Authors: HOLLAND M, ETSU, Didcot, Oxon (GB);BERRY J, ETSU, Didcot, Oxon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16520 EN (1995) 179pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, Mrs Brach, DG XII-F-2, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-5210-0
Record Number: 199610213 / Last updated on: 1996-03-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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