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The national implementation in the EU of the externe accounting framework

Objective



Objectives
This study aims to disseminate and implement the ExternE Accounting Framework of the EC for the assessment of external costs of energy fuel cycles for power generation in the EU (15 member states) and Norway. A network of scientific institutes in all these countries has been established.
Fuel cycle externalities are the costs imposed on society and the environment that are not accounted for by the producers and consumers of energy, i.e., that are not included in the market price. They include physical damage to the natural and built environment as well as impacts on recreation, amenity, aesthetics and other contributors to individual utility.
The Joule programme launched in 1991 developed a bottom up methodology to quantify these externalities. It is the objective of this project to apply this methodology to different fuel cycles in EU countries. This will allow the constitution of a database, in which the externalities of different fuel cycles in the EU will be compiled. It will also allow for the aggregation of results at a national level.

Technical Approach
This methodology has been successfully developed and reviewed and has received a recognition by both the scientific community and the European Institutions. It was considered by the European and American experts in this field as currently the most advanced project worldwide for the evaluation of external costs of power generation. The review confirmed the importance to take the site and technology specificity of externalities within each fuel cycle fully into account. This requires a completion of the national implementation phase which has started under the Joule II program. The objectives of the study lead to the definition of work packages:
- Development of adequate training tools, software for implementation and support.
- Implementation of the ExternE accounting framework to some selected fuel cycles.
- Maintenance and updating of the already existing data
- Aggregation
- Transfer of comparable and validated data to IPTS database. - To apply these data to policy related case studies
- Dissemination of information to scientists and decision makers
Expected Achievements and Exploitation
The major outputs of the study are:
- Implementation of the ExternE accounting framework to some selected fuel cycles in all member states and maintenance of existing data. - Aggregation of the site and technology specific results to more general figures covering, e.g., the power generation system of a country - To provide the comparable and validated data for the whole EU to feed into the database at IPTS for further dissemination.
- To apply these data to policy related case studies that indicate how these data could feed into the decision and policy making process. - Dissemination : to inform the relevant scientific and policy making communities in the member states about the project

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnolgicas
Address
22,Avenida Complutense
28040 Madrid
Spain

Participants (16)

AEA TECHNOLOGY PLC
United Kingdom
Address
329,Harwell 329
OX11 0QJ Didcot,harwell,chilton
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris
AUSTRIAN ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICITY UTILITIES
Austria
Address
3,Brahmsplatz 3
1041 Wien
CENTRO DE ESTUDOS EM ECONOMIA DA ENERGIA, DOS TRANSPORTES E DO AMBIENTE
Portugal
Address
28 1,Rua Gustavo Matos Sequeira 28 1
1200 Lisboa
ENCO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS AS
Norway
Address
20A,løkketangen 20A
1327 Lysaker
Economics for Environmental Protection BVBA
Belgium
Address
14 A,jeurissenstraat
3590 Diepenbeek
FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI
Italy
Address
Corso Magenta 63
Milano
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9,Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athens
RISOE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Lilla Nygatan 1
Stockholm
Technical Research Centre of Finland
Finland
Address
4 C,tekniikantie
02044 Espoo
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Hessbruehlstrasse, 49 A
70565 Stuttgart
University College Dublin
Ireland
Address
Clonskeagh Drive
14 Dublin
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Italy
Address
Via Roberto Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
VITO - Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV
Belgium
Address
200,Boeretang
2400 Mol
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1115
1081 HV Amsterdam