Development of methodology to communicate environmental damage cost data

Funded by Swedish Energy Agency
Type Research project
Time period 2016-10-01 - Ongoing

Monetary valuation of environmental impacts is increasingly used as a basis for decisions in environmental and sustainability issues. This project aims to develop a methodology to communicate environmental damage cost data.

Background

Monetary valuation of environmental impacts is increasingly used as a basis for decisions in environmental and sustainability issues. Such data are especially valuable at goal conflicts. Monetary valuations of environmental impacts are easy to use without understanding the many ways they can be calculated and the many perspectives they can represent. Sweden has, via SIS, made ISO start a work on a framework standard for monetary valuation of environmental impacts from emissions and resource extractions. The aim is to create a common language. We lead this work and intend via this project to ensure that the future standard will be relevant for energy issues. We also participate in other international activities.

Purpose

The aim of the project is to develop a methodology to communicate environmental damage cost data. This will be done through:

1) Case studies of energy decisions with sensitivity analyses, to determine which parameters that are most important;

2) A study of how different presentations are understood;

3) Participation in international harmonization.’

Outcomes

Outcomes so far: participation in and development of the new ISO-standard “Monetary valuation of enviornmentl impacts and related environmental aspects (ISO 14008). Three case studies of energy choices with sensitivity analysis to determine which parameters are most important. The group has developed a survey to study how metadata should be communicated and presented. This survey will be disseminated during spring 2018. The results will be an important contribution to the development of ISO 14008.

Participate in a survey related to the project

Excel file – Complementary documentation to survey

Project organisation
AkzoNobel Chalmers University of Technology Essity Hygiene and Health IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Volvo Group
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