We support our clients in the evaluation and design of policies in the realm of green taxation, energy subsidies, vehicle taxes, CO2 charges, biodiversity offsets (‘habitat banking’), funding instruments for nature and the environment and so on. Financial instruments are now part and parcel of modern climate and environmental policy.
Our strength lies in combining economic expertise with new insights from environmental and energy technologies, allowing integrated assessments of how policies play out in technical as well as behavioural terms. We deliver both ex-post policy reviews evaluating efficacy and cost-effectiveness and ex-ante advice on policy design. Thanks to our combined technical and economic expertise, we’re are also regularly asked by government departments for input on proposed new climate policy, as with the Dutch government’s response to the Urgenda court case and Green Deal measures in pursuit of the new national 55% CO2 reduction target for 2030.
CE Delft has built up a solid reputation as a source of independent advice on financial instruments. By joining forces with our technical experts working on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), energy and transport we can rapidly get a handle on what works and what doestn’t, and can benefit from the latest technical understanding. In our work on this theme we use both standard and in-house assessment methods, economic models (E3ME, input-output tables, Merge, WorldScan), climate policy cost curves and extensive databases on the elasticities of energy use and environmental behaviour.
Many of the Netherlands’ main tax and subsidy schemes in support of climate and environment policy have been reviewed at some stage by CE Delft to assess their efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Examples include energy taxes and a wide range of subsidies (SDE+, EIA, MIA/Vamil, ODE, etc.).
At the request of the Dutch Environment ministry CE Delft developed guidelines on design and implementation of Social Cost-Benefit Analyses, with protocols and recommendations for judicious use in the environmental domain.