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Cost effectiveness of environmental protection measures

The European Environment Agency has published an invitation to tender for work relating to the development of guidelines for data collection on the cost effectiveness of possible environmental protection measures.

The aim of this contract is to establish an inventory of actors, databases, comparability problems and available guidelines in the field of costs and cost effectiveness of environmental protection measures and to make a first proposal for guidelines for data collection/data processing in this field.

The first draft guideline is expected to focus on the definition of costs, the way of calculating (yearly) costs, and the definition of environmental protection measures (in terms of characterization, state of development, (in)compatibility between measures, etc.). The guidelines should cover not only measures already implemented, but also possible (future) measures.

The first draft guidelines will be used to improve the European-wide data-collection activities carried out by the agency to obtain the data necessary for its periodical 'State of the environment' reports. Furthermore, the proposal for guidelines will be used as part of the basic material for designing revised guidelines for air emission projections (which will be done by the expert panel on projections of the UNECE Task Force on Emission Inventories).

Activities encompass:

- Compiling an inventory of organizations and institutions involved;
- Compiling a detailed inventory of databases;
- Making an overview of available guidelines;
- Analysing problems in bringing together data from various databases and countries;
- Making an overview of user requirements (policy makers, analysts, emission projection modellers, investment banks);
- Designing first draft guidelines for data collection/data processing;
- Organizing a workshop for database managers to develop a working programme for the next steps in the process towards accepted guidelines.
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