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From the Earth Summit (Rio 1992) to the Johannesburg conference (2002), a large step has been taken towards the implementation of sustainable development. In Europe, especially from the Göteborg Council, a strategy has been launched and the internalisation of external costs is becoming one common sustainable point.The ten years ExternE ("External costs of Energy") socio-economic research project (10 million euros of Community funding through the RTD Framework Programmes) has certainly played an important role in the assessment of the health and environmental effects coming from the production and use of energy.

ExterneE has not only been useful in terms of "European awareness" about the possibility to quantify - and therefore to internalise- external costs, but particularly to provide a coherent and complete accounting framework for European Union external costs for electricity and, partially, for transport sectors.

The multidisciplinary team of researchers has furnished a common scientifically agreed methodology and made enough case studies to launch a concrete debate on the internalisation of external costs in Europe.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20198 EN (2003), 22pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20198-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3353-1
Record Number: 200317216 / Last updated on: 2003-12-19
Original language: en
Available languages: en