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Methodological Convention 4.0. Basis for updating and extending the Methodological Convention for the Assessment of Environmental Costs – Part 2

The Methodological Convention of the Federal Environment Agency is an internationally very recognized and almost unique basis and guidance for the determination of environmental costs. It contains data sets and methodological recommendations for the monetary valuation of environmental damages and is regularly updated. The aim of the Methodological Convention 4.0 is, on the one hand, to update important elements of the Methodological Convention 3.0 and, on the other hand, to address further environmental areas that have not been included so far. 

Part 2 of the project focuses on updating the environmental costs by concrete environmental impacts and activities. Environmental costs will be reported for transport, energy production, building materials and agriculture, and standardized cost rates will be derived for nitrogen and phosphorus emissions. The update is based on the latest scientific literature and is supplemented by own calculations for concrete cost rates. Existing data and models will be linked and, if necessary, adapted and supplemented for the calculation of cost rates. External experts are involved in the updating and further development in several workshops. 

The IÖW leads and works on the work packages „Environmental damage caused by nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) emissions“ and „Environmental costs of agriculture“.

IÖW Project Team