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TITLE Seeking consensus on external power generation costs   maxima_en.pdf (3.48 MB)
Document ID LIB138
Document type EC RTD Programmes projects / results
Issue date 09/02/2005
Document reference MAXIMA
Original language of the document English
Document produced by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Document requested by EC-Research and Innovation DG organisation visiting card
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Energy


Short description  MAXIMA will initiate discussions between the energy industry, policy-makers and NGOs to obtain a consensus on the method used for evaluating external costs and the values of underlying assumptions.
The project will:
· Develop a concept for application of external costs in power production
· Use the latest scientific knowledge to assess external costs
· Strive for stakeholder consensus on approach, cost values and applications
· Document issues that do not reach consensus and explore their effect
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Quantifying the external costs of electricity production, such as its environmental impact, has made considerable progress over the past 15 years, but the methodology has not been sufficiently disseminated within the power supply sector and among non-governmental organisations. Although the Impact Pathway Approach (IPA) is recognised as the best way to calculate external costs, its results still s ...

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