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.
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
- 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 SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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