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French Equivalent: Côuts de protection

Avoidance costs are actual or imputed costs for preventing environmental deterioration by alternative production and consumption processes, or by the reduction of or abstention from economic activities.

Expenditure in order to reduce emissions and more generally pressure on the environment. These costs fall into two categories: structural adjustment costs and abatement costs.

See structural adjustment costs and abatement costs.

United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank , 2005, Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting 2003, Studies in Methods, Series F, No.61, Rev.1, Glossary, United Nations, New York, para. 9.35.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Abatement cost
Structural adjustment costs

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, December 2, 2005