Welfare economic asessments of nitrogen losses from agriculture to river basins and other water bodies

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The welfare economic consequences of reductions in nitrogen loading to the aquatic environment in Denmark are analysed with the purpose of assessing the cost-effectiveness of different abatement measures and instruments. The analyses cover a broad range of instruments and measures. These include: nitrogen taxes at sector level implemented as deposit refund systems, fertiliser accounts and nitrogen quotas, requirements on utilisation of livestock manure, restrictions on livestock density, set aside, forestation and wetland restoration. Based on the analyses the conclusions are that deposit refund taxes at sector level are the most cost effective instrument at national level, while other instruments and measures have to be used to reduce nutrient emissions further in especially sensitive areas. These areas are not identified yet, and the cost of action will depend on the localisation. However, voluntary wetland restoration seems to be the most cost-effective because the effects on nitrogen loading are superior to forestation and set aside.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIkke angivet
Number of pages10
PublisherWIT eLibrary as volume 83
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventConference on River Basin Management - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 6 Sep 20058 Sep 2005


ConferenceConference on River Basin Management

    Research areas

  • Former LIFE faculty - nitrogen loading, cost-effective measures, general and local

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