Nordic Guidelines for Cost-benefit analysis

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Cost-benefit analysis is a recognised decision support tool with increasing importance in policy making. This publication is a proposal for a stat-of-the-art guideline for cost-benefit analysis in the waste management sector. One of the aims is to provide insight in life cycle assessment in order to improve the system analysis and the assessment of environmental effects in a cost-benefit analysis, thus combining key elements from these two decision support tools.




In the preparation of this guideline we have drawn on several existing national and international guidelines. In particular the guidelines by the Danish National Environmental Research Institute, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Forest and Nature Protection Agency (Møller el al. 2000), the Norwegian Ministry of Finance (2005), the Danish Ministry of Finance (1999) and the HM Treasury (2003), as well as publications by the OECD (Pearce et al. 2006; Smith 2005). The Danish guideline, Møller el al. 2000, is currently under revision.


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