Economic Instruments

Welcome to hosted by the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin and supported by UCD, the European Union (Environment Directorate) and ESRI Japan.

The objective of the site is to present, in a non-technical fashion, information on the practical use of economic instruments in environmental policy. It is envisaged that the site will be of interest to policymakers, members of the public, academics and students.

The site draws together information that has been published in hard copy format and synthesises it into a searchable database. Rather than merely providing lists of instruments, a key objective of the site is to provide details of instruments in use and, in particular, information on the performance of these instruments.

Your suggestions and comments are essential to the success of this site, in particular we welcome documentation on the performance of Economic Instruments.Specific information on the use of such instruments can be viewed by Sector, Theme, Instrument and Country or by using the search engines below.

We acknowledge those authors of the information referenced in this site. In particular, we would like to thank Stefan Speck and Paul Ekins of Keele University and Forum for the Future (London) for access to their Eco-Tax Database.

Additional and complementary information on Policy Instruments can be found at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 15:49


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