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Sander de Bruyn

Sander de Bruyn
About Sander


  • Environmental pricing and valuation of environmental impacts
  • EU ETS and CO2 charging
  • Economic analysis of environment policy

In our line of work, climate change and worldwide depletion of natural resources will continue to be the most important challenges the coming decades. As an economist graduating in welfare theory and with a doctorate in applied environmental economics, it’s my job to analyse these problems, identify what’s driving them and suggest ways to conserve nature and the environment for future generations.

In all of this, ‘right prices’ are indispensable. Prices steer society towards value creation. At the moment, though, the pricing mechanism is not working as it should, because environmental and climate damage are being ignored.  If this damage is to be included, it first needs to be calculated. This is the business of environmental pricing (formerly known as shadow pricing) that I’ve been enthusiastically involved in for the past twelve years. It’s not only government that’s interested in how to put a price on its environmental footprint; in recent years a growing number of companies are also coming on board.

On its own, though, pricing is not enough. ‘Right prices’ need to be transposed into policies, so environmental damage can be factored into decisions by consumers and producers alike. The European Emissions Trading Scheme, EU ETS, is one such policy instrument I’ve been following and studying for 15 years now. This scheme is interesting for its complexity and the huge amount of data available, making it a real Eldorado for researchers.

Rapporten waar Sander de Bruyn auteur is

Speeding up the decarbonisation of European industry. Assessment of national and EU policy options
August 2022
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The environmental price of waste. An intitial exploration
February 2022
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The value of human toxicity. An explorative research for use in environmental prices
June 2021
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