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Environmental Impact and External Cost Assessment

  • Stefan Hirschberg
  • Thomas Heck
  • Urs Gantner
  • Yongqi Lu
  • Joseph V. Spadaro
  • Wolfram Krewitt
  • Alfred Trukenmüller
  • Yihong Zhao
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Abstract

Aside from tremendous benefits the conversion of energy can be harmful to the human health and environment. Assessment of public health effects associated with air pollution caused by various means of electricity generation was one of the central goals of CETP. Currently, China is experiencing rapid economic growth, and this trend is expected to continue. But the damage to air, soil and water quality backfires on the rate of growth. Economic growth is accompanied by increasing electricity demand, with coal as the dominant energy source. This development implies that, along with the dominant health effects, sulfur deposition (and the resulting acidification) stand out as the primary environmental issues to be addressed. Examples of the impacts include effects such as chronic bronchitis, reduction in lifetime expectancy, or adverse effects on the environment, such as loss of crops.

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External Cost Damage Cost Geometric Standard Deviation Clean Coal Technology Current Policy Scenario 
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  • Stefan Hirschberg
  • Thomas Heck
  • Urs Gantner
  • Yongqi Lu
  • Joseph V. Spadaro
  • Wolfram Krewitt
  • Alfred Trukenmüller
  • Yihong Zhao

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