Which Economic Model for a Water-Efficient Europe?

CEPS Task Force Reports, 2012

72 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2012

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Christian Egenhofer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Monica Alessi

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jonas Teusch

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jorge Nunez-Ferrer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: November 27, 2012

Abstract

This CEPS Task Force Report focuses on how to improve water efficiency in Europe, notably in public supply, households, agriculture, energy and manufacturing as well as across sectors. It presents a number of recommendations on how to make better use of economic policy instruments to sustainably manage the EU’s water resources.

Published in the run-up to the European Commission’s “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Waters”, the report contributes to the policy deliberations in two ways. First, by assessing the viability of economic policy instruments, it addresses a major shortcoming that has so far prevented the 2000 EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) from becoming fully effective in practice: the lack of appropriate, coherent and effective instruments in (some) member states. Second, as the Task Force report is the result of an interactive process involving a variety of stakeholders, it is able to point to the key differences in interpreting and applying WFD principles that have led to a lack of policy coherence across the EU and to offer some pragmatic advice on moving forward.

Keywords: water-efficient, Europe, EU, Water Framework Directive, WFD, water efficiency, water resources, economic policy instruments

Suggested Citation

Egenhofer, Christian and Alessi, Monica and Teusch, Jonas and Nunez-Ferrer, Jorge, Which Economic Model for a Water-Efficient Europe? (November 27, 2012). CEPS Task Force Reports, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2181382

Christian Egenhofer (Contact Author)

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Monica Alessi

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Jonas Teusch

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Jorge Nunez-Ferrer

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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