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Economic Efficiency of the BAT Standards in a Multi-pollutant Environment

  • Journal of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Abbr : J EIA
  • 2019, 28(2), pp.141-151
  • Publisher : Korean Society Of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Research Area : Engineering > Environmental Engineering
  • Published : April 30, 2019

Taek-Whan Han ORD ID 1 Lim Dong Soon ORD ID 2

1서경대학교
2동의대학교

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ABSTRACT

Korea has passed the Act on the Integrated Control of Pollutant-Discharging Facilities in 2015, and the integrated environmental management under the BAT standard is underway. To summarize the nature ofintegrated environmental management, itis the regulation by the integration of the management of the multi-pollutant source and the technical standard of BATs. In general, inenvironmental economics, regulation-based on technical standards are known to be inefficient. This paper attempts to evaluate the efficiency of BAT standards from an economic point of view. A simple multi-pollutant model demonstrates that the inefficiency of the environmental tax with imperfect information in a single pollutant situation is amplified under multi-pollutant conditions. The simultaneous introduction of BAT and IPPC can be partially explained by this logic. It is also highlighted by the strengthening of BAT standards by EU, as a countermeasure to the potential deterioration of air quality caused by the change of effective environmental taxes accompanying the fuel and emission price changes.

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