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Demanda por Água e Custo de Controle da Poluição Hídrica nas Indústrias da Bacia do Rio Paraíba do Sul

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  • José Feres
  • Alban Thomas
  • Arnaud Reynaud
  • Ronaldo Seroa da Motta

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This article aims at presenting the results of the ?Survey of Industrial Water Use atthe Paraíba do Sul River Basin?. This survey collected data about 488 industrialfacilities located in the river basin area. The survey had the following goals: a)providing a general characterization of the role of water in industrial plants; and b)assessing the financial and environmental impacts of the implementation of watercharges in the basin, through the analysis of firms? water demand behaviour andeffluent treatment costs. Results suggest that water charges may attain satisfactoryresults in terms of water resources conservation while not implying in significant costincreases to the firms. On the other hand, marginal treatment cost estimations are farabove the proposed charge levels for effluent discharge. This indicates that, at leastduring the initial implementation period, water charges will not be an effectivemechanism to induce firms to undertake pollution control measures.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA in its series Discussion Papers with number 1084.

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Length: 62 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ipe:ipetds:1084

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  1. Arnaud Reynaud, 2003. "An Econometric Estimation of Industrial Water Demand in France," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 25(2), pages 213-232, June.
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  1. Caffera, Marcelo, 2011. "The use of economic instruments for pollution control in Latin America: lessons for future policy design," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(03), pages 247-273, June.

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