Metroeconomica- Economic and Environmental Consultants

 


Our Work

Economic Assessment of Environmental Impacts | Environmental Policy Analysis | Capacity Building | Environmental Management and Sustainability

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Economic Assessment of Environmental Impacts:

Metroeconomica is a leading exponent of assessment and quantification of the economic welfare impacts of cross-media environmental impacts. It has particular expertise in air quality and climate. Metroeconomica was responsible for the valuation methodology of the health impacts assessed in the EU Clean Air For Europe (CAFE) Cost Benefit Analysis, and is responsible for the subsequent up-dates within the European Consortium for Modelling Air Pollution and Climate Strategies (EC4MACS).

Metroeconomica is one of Europe’s leading institutions on assessing the economic aspects of climate change. Consultants at Metroeconomica participated in the preparation of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third and Fourth Assessment Report. The company has particular expertise in:

  • Quantifying the net costs of climate change, under different climate and socio-economic scenarios, in sensitive sectors, including: built environment, human health, water resources, transport and distribution, energy, agriculture, retail trade and services.
  • Screening economic development/business strategies for climate change-related threats and opportunities.
  • Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis of adaptation policies and measures.

Selected List of Economic Assessment of Environmental Impacts Projects:

Health Impacts of fossil fuel use in ECA countries. World Bank. 2012.

Climate Change Adaptation Risk Assessment. DEFRA. 2010-2011.

Incorporating Climate Change into DFID Adaptation Programmes & Project Appraisal Strategies for Uncertainty. DFID. 2011

Natura 2000 N2k Benefit Value. Institute for European Environmental Policy. 2010-11

Costs and benefits of adaptation in the health sector in Europe – Framework Contract for Economic Support. European Environment Agency. 2010-11.

Analysis for ENPI countries on Social and Economic Benefits of Enhanced Environmental Protection. European Commission. 2010-12.

Environmental Performance Review of Portugal. OECD. 2010-11.

Costs and Benefits of Low Carbon Fuel Obligation. Department for Transport . 2010.

Full Costs of Climate Change. European Commission, FP7 . 2009-2011.

European Consortium for Modelling of Air Pollution and Climate Strategies – CBA of policy options to further improve air quality in Europe, taking full account of the synergies and trade-offs with greenhouse gas reductions. European Commission, DG Env (LIFE). 2008-13.

Cost Benefit Analysis for the Revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive. European Commission, DG Environment . 2009-10

Contribution to the ‘ADAPTCost Project: Analysis of the Economic Costs of Climate Change Adaptation in Africa’. UNEP . 2009-10.

East Africa – Climate Change Impact Costs. DFID . 2009.

Water neutrality: an economic assessment for the Thames Gateway development. Environment Agency . 2009.

Red Sea Dead Sea Financing Studies. World Bank . 2008- on-going.

A study to investigate the financial risks associated with climate change. Private Sector Client. 2008-10

Climate Change Bill Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis: Scoping Study. DEFRA. 2008-09.

Landfill Taxes. SEI Tallinn. 2008.

Building a supply-side marginal abatement cost curve (MACC) for the transport sector. UK Committee on Climate Change. 2008.

Sustainable Consumption and Production: Household Behaviour. DEFRA. 2008.

Waste Protocols. Environment Agency. 2008.

A study on the costs and benefits associated with the use of tax incentives to promote the manufacturing of more and better energy efficient appliances and the consumer purchasing of these products. European Commission, DG TAXUD. 2008.

Economic Impacts and Opportunities of Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation in the East Midlands. East Midlands Development Agency. 2007-08.

A review of cost-effectiveness literature on: public health interventions that promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. Strategic Consulting Report. Institute of Occupational Medicine. 2007.

Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Delivery Mechanisms for the EU Water Framework Directive. DEFRA and Environment Agency. 2007.

Assessing how the Costs and Benefits of Environmental Policy Change Over Time. European Commission, DG ENV. 2007.

Valuation of Environment-Related Health Impacts (VERHI), with a particular focus on children. European Commission, DG Research. 2006-09.

Climate Risk Management: Screening Development Projects. United Nations Environment Programme. 2006-08.

Health Impacts of Climate Change in Europe (PESETA). European Commission, IPTS. 2006-07.

Framework Agreement – Environmental Economic Analysis – includes: Assessment of Various Allocation Methodologies for Post-2012 EU ETS. European Commission, DG Enterprise 2006-11.

Costing the Impacts Climate Change-Induced Flooding in Bilbao. Basque Country Government, Spain. 2006.

Exploring the Link between Environment and Competitiveness. DEFRA. 2006.

Framework Agreement – Economic Analysis – includes Financial Impact Assessments of waste management policies. Environment Agency. 2005-08.

The True Costs of Occupational Asthma. Health & Safety Executive. 2005-06.

Quantify the Cost of Impacts and Adaptation, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: Cross-Regional Research Programme. DEFRA. 2005-06.

Costing the impact of potential climate change-induced flooding in the West Midlands. Sustainability West Midlands Climate Change Partnership. 2005.

Financial Costs of Climate Extremes. Association of British Insurers. 2005.

Extended Regulatory Impact Assessment of Proposed Plastic Bags Levy. Scottish Executive.2005.

Costing the impact of potential climate change-induced flooding in the Upper Thames catchment including impacts on residential and commercial properties, health, transport, agriculture and recreation. Environment Agency. 2004.

Implementation and Enforcement Capacities in Croatia – Benefits for Croatia of compliance with the environmental acquisition. European Commission, DG Environment. 2004.

Costing of Climate Change Impacts in London. London Climate Change Partnership. 2004.

Review of UK Air Quality Strategy. DEFRA. 2004.

Clean Air For Europe (CAFÉ) Cost Benefit Analysis. European Commission, DG Environment. 2003-2005.

A Methodology for Costing the Impacts of Climate Change in the UK. UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) and DETR. 2000-04.

Quantitative analysis of benefits to EU Accession countries from adopting current air quality related EU Directives. European Commission DG Environment. 2000-01.

Externalities of Energy (ExternE). European Commission DG XII. 1998 – 2000.

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Environmental Policy Analysis:

A core area of expertise over many years has been analysis in support of effective environmental policy interventions in a great many contexts. We have undertaken appraisal studies of environmentally-related strategies and policy options for many national Governments and international bodies, including the European Commission and UNEP. Key areas of our work include the economic impacts of environment policies, the introduction of environmental market-based instruments, as well as the linkages between trade policy and the environment. Our experience also includes the appraisal of environment policy in the context of poverty and livelihoods, and assessment of policy relating to occupational health risks

Selected List of Environmental Policy Analysis Projects:

Study on the impact of Ozone Depleting Substances phase out on restructuring of national economies and the global one towards a “Green Economy”. UNEP. 2011.

Review of Future Resource Risks faced by UK Business and an Assessment of Future Viability. DEFRA. 2010.

Biofuels Scoping Study. Department for Transport. 2009.

Global Food Security and Environmental Sustainability. DEFRA. 2009.

Advice on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Government Support for Biodiesel Production from Tallow. Department for Transport. 2008.

Choice of Policy Instruments for Modern Regulation. Environment Agency. 2008.

Strengthening the Knowledge Base for the Implementation of the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. European Commission, DG Environment. 2007-08.

Climate Change Policy in the East Midlands. East Midland Development Agency. 2007-08.

Study on the costs and benefits associated with the use of Tax Incentives to promote the manufacturing of more and better energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the consumer purchasing of these products. European Commission, DG TAX and Customs Union. 2007-08.

Environment Policy and Competitiveness, EU Emission Trading Scheme. European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry. 2007.

Competitiveness Impacts of the CAFÉ Programme on Belgium. Government of Flanders 2006.

Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Delivery Mechanisms for the EU Water Framework Directive. DEFRA and Environment Agency. 2006.

Climate Change Action Plan for the Basque Country. Government of the Basque Country. 2005-06.

Exploring the Link between Environment and Competitiveness. DEFRA. 2005-06.

Evaluation of the “Development and implementation of economic instruments for the sustainable implementation of SAP MED”, Priority Actions Programme, Croatia. 2004-06.

Framework Contract for Regulatory Impact Assessment of Air Quality Policy in the UK. DEFRA. 2003.

Barriers to the Take-up of CDM Projects under the Kyoto Protocol. European Commission, DG Trade. 2002-03.

Links between Environmental Management Systems and Creditworthiness. Private sector client. 2001-02.

Strengthening Environmental Management (SEM): Plan for the Implementation of Carbon Permit Trading Pilot Scheme, Republic of Kazakhstan. Asian Development Bank. 2001.

Energy Subsidy Reform: An Integrated Assessment Framework. UNEP. 2000.

Waste Management Options and Climate Change. European Commission, DGXI. 2000.

An International Comparison of the Effects of Environmental Regulations on the Chemical Industry Competitiveness. European Commission, DGIII. 2000.

Environmental Assessment of Animal Disease Control Options in Ngamiland, Botswana. DFID. 1999-2000.

Guidelines for Climate Change Global Overlays in the Transport Sector. World Bank. 1999.

Competitive and Employment Impacts of Health Improvements from Environmental Policies in the EU. European Commission IPTS. 1999.

Institutional Support to State Committee for Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation. European Commission. DG I / TACIS. 1998-2000.

A Cost-benefit Analysis of the Ganga Action Plan. DFID and the Government of India. 1996-97.

Ozone Depleting Substances Phase out Strategy for Turkey. Government of Turkey and World Bank. 1995-97.

Trade and Environment and the Lomé Convention. European Commission, DGVIII. 1994-97.

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Capacity Building:

Metroeconomica has worked with a variety of public sector, private sector, and NGO clients to enhance their capacity for environmental management and governance. These projects have ranged from the provision of training workshops in environmental economics, to advising on the establishment and strategy of environment related organisations. Our consultants have also undertaken institutional assessment and strengthening projects for organisations involved in environmental governance, including through programmes of stakeholder consultation.

Selected List of Capacity Building Projects:

Use of Health Impact Assessment in regulatory impact assessments. Department of Health. 2010.

Training Course for Climate Change and Development – Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CC-DARE) Programme, UNEP and UNDP. Risoe. 2010.

Support to Implement and Audit an Environmental Management System to ISO 14001 standard for a Newspaper Printing Company. Sustain Ltd. 2008.

Guidance and support with Life Cycle Assessment studies and the Carbon Labelling of products. Sustain Ltd. 2008.

Advice on Establishing a Biodiversity Observatory in Basque Country. Basque Country Government, Spain. 2006.

Harmonisation of Environmental Expenditure Information Systems with Eurostat & OECD Standards: Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine. OECD, EAP Task Force Secretariat. 2004-06.

Implementation and Enforcement Capacities in Croatia – Benefits for Croatia of compliance with the environmental acquisition. European Commission, DG Environment. 2004.

Preparation of a Strategy Paper for Environment Related Activities of Technology Development. Foundation of Turkey. 2001.

Strengthening Environmental Management Systems in Tomsk Oblast, Russia. DFID. 2000-03.

Workshop on Environmental Economics. DFID. 2000.

Training Workshop in Environmental Economics. World Bank and Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Sri Lanka. 2000.

Training in Environmental Economics – Moscow Higher School of Economics, Russia. British Council. 1998-2003.

Institutional Support to State Committee for Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation. European Commission, DG I / TACIS. 1998-2000.

Establishing a New Regional Environment Centre for Russia. European Commission, DG I / TACIS. 1997-1998.

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Environmental Management and Sustainability:

We have established expertise in many aspects of environmental management and sustainability. Key areas of our work include state of the environment reporting and the development of sustainable development indicators. We provide guidance and support with Life Cycle Assessment studies and Life Cycle Costing, including advice on methodological issues, data collection, literature reviews and model development. Our experience includes carbon management such as the development of greenhouse gas emissions inventories, establishing emission baselines and targets, and developing action plans. We also support organisations to implement and audit Environmental Management Systems.

Selected List of Environmental Management and Sustainability Projects:

Life Cycle Assessment Distance Learning Course. University of Bath, IEM. 2010-11

Public Attitudes to Climate Change. IHOBE. 2008.

Support to implement and audit an Environmental Management System to ISO 14001 standard for a newspaper printing company. Sustain Ltd. 2008.

Guidance and support with Life Cycle Assessment studies and the Carbon Labelling of products. Sustain Ltd. 2008.

Strengthening the Knowledge Base for the Implementation of the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources. European Commission, DG Environment. 2007-08.

Methodology for Design of a System for reduction of emissions of GHGs from local government bodies in Basque country. IHOBE. 2007.

Food Miles as an Indicator of Sustainable Development. DEFRA. 2003-04.

Life Cycle Assessment Training Course. Private Sector Client. 2002.

Life Cycle Externality Cost Model and Case Studies. Private Sector Client. 2001-2005.

State of the Environment Report and Action Plan for Uttar Pradesh. World Bank. 2001-2003.

Development of Environmental, Economic and Social Performance Indicators for the Mining Industry. Mining and Energy Research Network. 2001-2002.

Links between Environmental Management Systems and Creditworthiness. Private Sector Client. 2001-2002.

Strengthening Environmental Management (SEM): Plan for the Implementation of Carbon Permit Trading Pilot Scheme, Republic of Kazakhstan. Asian Development Bank. 2001.

Development of Sustainability Indicators for the UK Non Ferrous Metals Industry. Non-Ferrous Alliance and DTI. 2000-2001.

Environmental Assessment of Animal Disease Control Options in Ngamiland, Botswana. DFID. 1999-2000.

Modelling Energy and Environment Linkages. Asian Development Bank. 1992.

Preparing an Environmental Action Plan for Pakistan. World Bank. 1989-1990.

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