Cost Functions for Controlling SO2 Emissions in Europe

Amann, M. ORCID: & Kornai, G. (1987). Cost Functions for Controlling SO2 Emissions in Europe. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-87-065

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This paper marks an important step in the development of the Regional Acidification INformation and Simulation (RAINS) model. One of the major goals of the project since its beginning four years ago, has been to get RAINS used in policy analysis. To that end the model should include variables that are very crucial in the eyes of the decision makers. The cost of reducing air pollutant emissions certainly is such an important policy relevant variable.

The authors have successfully developed a uniform approach for establishing cost-of-control functions for emissions of sulfur dioxide in virtually all European countries. This uniformity is particularly important for comparing the cost-effectiveness of various scenarios for controlling acid deposition in Europe.

Currently the assumptions and the numbers in this paper are under review by experts in many of the European countries.

The cost-of-control functions allow the evaluation of targeted deposition levels at a variety of locations in Europe. This will be the topic of a subsequent paper. In the near future we will also develop similar control function for the emissions of nitrogen oxides and will eventually combine the functions into one cost-of-control function for acidifying emissions.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Acid Rain Program (ACI)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:58
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:13

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