To develop an accounting framework for environmental impacts and costs of renewable energy and to ensure the dissemination of the results to the different institutions of the European Community as well as some relevant international organisations.
A data-base and a methodology will be available, for evaluating external costs of renewable energy sources.
The accounting framework will be constructed in consultation with energy modellers, in order to ensure compatibility with their requirements. Marginal physical damages and the corresponding monetary flows will be identified.
The framework will be in the form of a data-base for inputs to energy/environmental models. It will be developed in such a way that incorporation of evolving data and experience gained will be possible.
Specific tasks will be :
1 - assessing external costs of the biomass fuel cycle
2 - assessing external costs of photovoltaic solar energy
3 - assessing external costs of the hydroelectric fuel cycle These external costs will cover environmental as well as non environmental impacts (such as consequences for employment).
A phase of dissemination to different institutions will be ensured.