Environmental economics

At the heart of our work on the theme of environmental economics is the relationship between economics and environmental policy. Green policies can lead to extra costs for industries and consumers, but also create opportunities for innovation and employment. At CE Delft we use economic analyses and impact assessments to uncover the ins and outs of that relationship. Environmental economics provides an analytical framework for identifying the interrelationships between environmental issues, policy-making and the rest of the economy and provides ‘added value’ for business and government alike. Our work on this theme has several key areas of focus:

Research methods

  • Literature studies 
    In these studies the available literature is systematically reviewed and used to draw conclusions. Wherever possible, quantitative results reported in the literature are made amenable to  comparison.
  • Ex-ante and ex-post assessments
    In these assessments we calculate the efficacy and/or cost effectiveness of environmental policies, following the relevant guidelines published by the Dutch Finance Ministry, supplemented by guidelines of our own.
  • Impact assessments
    In these assessments the effects of environmental policy are expressed in terms of key economic indicators like effects on GDP or employment, in accordance with EU guidelines on Impact Assessment where relevant. Econometric analysis is a core element of these assessments.
  • Social cost-benefit analyses (SCBA)
    In this case we express the effects of environmental policies in terms of their impact on welfare, following both the national OEI guidelines and the guidelines on SCBA in environmental policy drawn up by CE Delft in 2006.

CE Delft has extensive experience with all these analytical methods. In this work we make use of a wide range of tools (including shadow prices) and models (Benefito, E3ME). Most of these studies are quantitative in nature. We are also heavily engaged in methodological development. In the past our Environmental economics sector has developed the Shadow Price Manual, for example, which puts a price tag on the damage caused by emissions of over 400 environmental pollutants

Our clients

We conduct studies for government institutions, industries and NGOs, with clients including the European Commission, European Environmental Agency (EEA), Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Greenpeace International, various industries and trade associations, including the Netherlands Petroleum Industry Association (VNPI).

Your contact

For more information, please contact Sander de Bruyn