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A Model of Emission Trading for Minimizing the Cost of Air Pollution Control from Belgian Power Plants


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  • Walter Hecq
  • Bruno Kestemont


In Belgium recent national and community legislation regulates emission levels of "acid pollutants" (SO2, NOx) and apply to large combustion facilities whose pollutants are transported over large distances. Complying with these legislations requires costly emission control equipment. In order to minimize the costs of clean-up operations, this paper analyses the potentialities of an emission trading programme by means of a linear programming model. Six retrofit power plants have been chosen to test the model. As the results suggest, substantial credits are obtained for either SO2 or NOx emissions reduction.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/65346.

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Date of creation: 1991
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Publication status: Published in: Journal of environmental management (1991) v.32,p.367-382
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/65346

Note: This is a translation of: A Model of Emission Trading for Minimizing the Cost of Air Pollution Control from Belgian Power Plants
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Keywords: emission trading; linear programming model; power plants; SO2; NO;

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  1. Speir, Cameron & Stephenson, Kurt & Shabman, Leonard A., 2000. "Command-And-Control Or Effluent Allowance Markets: Roles Of Economic Analysis," 2000 Annual meeting, July 30-August 2, Tampa, FL, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 21869, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  2. Wang, Earl-Juei & Jaraiedi, Majid & Torries, Thomas F., 1996. "Modelling long-run cost minimization and environmental provisions for utility expansion," Energy Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 18(1-2), pages 49-68, April.


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