Optimal Specificity in Environmental Standard-Setting

CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPTCTIVES, Vol. III, pp. 730-745, C. Dias Soars, J.E. Milne, H. Ashiabor, L. Kreiser, K. Deketelaere, eds., Oxford University Press, 2010

Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper

18 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2012 Last revised: 17 Mar 2012

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Michael G. Faure

University of Maastricht - Faculty of Law, Metro; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law

Date Written: January 31, 2012

Abstract

This paper discusses environmental standard-setting from an economic perspective. Special attention is paid to the way in which environmental standards should be set in federal systems. Basic economics of standard-setting is presented as well as the difference between ambient quality standards and emission standards. The relationship between cost-benefit analysis and standard-setting is explained. The way in which standard-setting is regulated in the (European) Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) is explained as well. Attention is paid to guidelines for standard-setting such as the requirement to use Best Available Technology (BAT).

Keywords: standard-setting, optimal specificity, centralization, IPPC, harmonization, levelling the playing field, Best Available Technology, BAT, ambient quality standards, emission standards, integrated pollution control, batneec

JEL Classification: K23, K32

Suggested Citation

Faure, Michael G., Optimal Specificity in Environmental Standard-Setting (January 31, 2012). CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPTCTIVES, Vol. III, pp. 730-745, C. Dias Soars, J.E. Milne, H. Ashiabor, L. Kreiser, K. Deketelaere, eds., Oxford University Press, 2010 ; Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1996527 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1996527

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