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Conclusions References Notes. Environmental Policy in the New Century Index. Abstract and Keywords This article surveys the framework that economics brings to environmental policy and, in particular, the use of market incentives in relation to conventional approaches to regulating environmental quality.
Olmstead Sheila M. All rights reserved. Waste products such as solid waste, sewage, hazardous waste, and atmospheric emissions, place stress on the environment.
Such impacts have been observed in the Hunter region, where population growth and industrial expansion have created the need for interventions to track changes in air quality and reduce the impact of saline discharges on waterways Newcastle Lower Air Quality Monitoring Network ; Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme. While drivers of economic growth and certain industrial processes can place pressure on the natural environment, it is important to note that environmental pressures are not necessarily proportionate to growth rates. Policy changes, technological progress and changing behaviour can effectively reduce the rate of environmental harm over time as population and economic growth continues.
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Figure 2. Sustained economic growth relies on a continuous supply of energy. Despite the growth in renewable sources of energy, the NSW economy is likely to continue to source most of its energy from high-carbon non-renewable resources into the foreseeable future Wood et al.
Economic analysis is used to support appropriate policies and to make decisions that either improve environmental outcomes at least-cost or provide the greatest net benefit to the NSW community. These assessments help the NSW Government meet its commitments to reduce the costs of regulation to industry and the community and provide conditions that increase the competitiveness of doing business in NSW. In addition, economic instruments can provide policymakers with an alternative to traditional regulation for delivering environmental outcomes at minimal cost to businesses and the community.
All environmental regulations in NSW undergo a cost—benefit analysis to ensure the regulatory options adopted deliver the greatest net benefits to society.
We create and shape markets to reward cleaning up instead of polluting
This is a legislative requirement Subordinate Legislation Act that requires NSW agencies to develop regulations and environmental standards that have well-defined objectives and that consider the compliance and administration costs to industry and government along with the economic and environmental benefits to the broader community. However, there are challenges with quantifying the environmental impacts of policy decisions. The economic values of environmental goods and services can be estimated using a range of techniques, some of which incorporate established market values while others may provide upper or lower bounds for non-market values.
Stated preference techniques e. Revealed preference techniques, such as the travel-cost method, can be used to estimate the costs that visitors incur while travelling to a particular location as a proxy for the amount they are willing to pay for recreation. The process of cost—benefit analysis improves our understanding of the links between economic activity and environmental outcomes and ensures that policies explicitly take environmental factors into account to achieve optimal outcomes for current and future generations.
Table 2. Economic instruments encourage behavioural responses to market forces, to help address the environmental concerns of the wider community in a more flexible way, with less cost and with less government intervention.
Economic instruments include taxes, subsidies, offsets, tradeable permits and financial incentives. A range of economic instruments are used currently in NSW to improve both economic efficiency and environmental outcomes. Examples include:. Risk based licensing was recently initiated by the EPA to match the degree of regulatory oversight with the level of environmental risk posed by licensed operations in NSW, targeting poor performers and creating a financial incentive for facilities to improve their systems and performance.
The ultimate goal of economic instruments is to provide incentives for businesses and the community to consider the wider social impacts of their behaviour, thereby encouraging economic growth at the same time as achieving more efficient resource allocation. Economic analysis is also used in NSW to evaluate the success of environmental programs and to identify possible improvements. In addition to identifying program improvements that reduce costs or increase benefits, evaluations can identify efficiencies and competitive advantages for participants.
The waste levy was recently reviewed KPMG resulting in a number of recommendations for program improvement. Economic reviews are currently underway for load-based licensing , the Hunter River salinity trading scheme and NSW biodiversity legislation. The pending review of NSW Aboriginal heritage regulations will be based on achieving better outcomes for the community while minimising costs to businesses and the Government. Integrated environmental-economic accounts are likely to be a key source of this information.
In This Article 1. Market Failure and the Environment 2. Permits' effectiveness can also be affected by things like market liquidity , the quality of the property right, and existing market power. An argument against permits is that formalising emission rights is effectively giving people a license to pollute, which is believed to be socially unacceptable. However, although valuing adverse environmental impacts may be controversial, the acceptable cost of preventing these impacts is implicit in all regulatory decisions. A market-based tax approach determines a maximum cost for control measures.
This gives polluters an incentive to reduce pollution at a lower cost than the tax rate. There is no cap; the quantity of pollution reduced depends on the chosen tax rate. A tax approach is more flexible than permits, as the tax rate can be adjusted until it creates the most effective incentive. Taxes also have lower compliance costs than permits. However, taxes are less effective at achieving reductions in target quantities than permits. Using a tax potentially enables a double dividend , by using the revenue generated by the tax to reduce other distortionary taxes through revenue recycling.
An alternate approach to environmental regulation is a command and control approach. This is much more prescriptive than market-based instruments. Command and control approaches have been criticised for restricting technology, as there is no incentive for firms to innovate. Market-based instruments do not prescribe that firms use specific technologies, or that all firms reduce their emissions by the same amount, which allows firms greater flexibility in their approaches to pollution management.
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