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Estimation of willingness-to-pay to reduce risks of exposure to heavy metals and cost-benefit analysis for reducing heavy metals occurence in Europe

Objective

Heavy metals from different sources accumulate in the environment. From a policy point of view, it has-been difficult to tackle the environmental problems due to heavy metals partly because the problem has been viewed from different policy domains (air, water, soils etc.). Thus, it is not guaranteed that the policy mix applied under environmental regulation is optimal. A systems analysis would be required to define the sources of heavy metals, how they are dispersed in the environment and which adverse effects they might cause on human and ecosystems health. From a policy point of view, it is also important to identify what kinds of policy responses would be most cost-effective to reduce the impacts of heavy metals. Such information is required for carrying out cost-benefit analyses of reducing the occurrence of heavy metals in our society. Identifying the benefits would include a monetary valuation of the impacts with contingent valuation (CV) approaches (e.g. assessing the willingness-to-pay,WTP). The focus of the work described will be on priority metals, which are mercury, cadmium, chrome, nickel, arsenic and lead. Core aim of the research is to to carry out cost-effectiveness (CEA)and cost-benefit analyses (CBA) for reducing the heavy metals occurrence, in the EU Member States and candidate countries, including damage assessment to the environment and human health in the long term following the impact pathway analysis which assesses the impacts and damages of pollutants from their emissions over their dispersion to exposure and impacts. Finally, feasibility study will be conducted to identify the potentials, strengths and weaknesses and uncertainties of currently available macro-economic models to identify further research needs in this field.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SSP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Address
Kepplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (9)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
CZECH HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Czechia
Address
Na Sabatce 17
Prague 4
ETZEL MÜSZAKI SZOLGÁLTATÓ BT
Hungary
Address
Ménesi Ut 38.
Budapest
INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGY OF INDUSTRIAL AREAS
Poland
Address
Kossutha 6
Katowice
INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
8 Roxburgh Place
Edinburgh
IVL SWEDISH ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE LTD.
Sweden
Address
Haelsingegatan 43
Stockholm
METEOROLOGICAL SYNTHESIZING CENTRE - EAST OF EMEP
Russia
Address
Arhitektor Vlasov, 51
Moscow
NILU POLSKA
Poland
Address
Barbary 21A
Katowice
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
Norway
Address
Instituttveien 18
100 Kjeller