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Abatement costs refer to expenditures which reduce the direct pressures on natural assets (for example from air emissions or waste disposal).

The calculation of imputed abatement costs does not require the definition of absolute environmental quality levels or standards but of reductions in levels (for residual flows in particular). Ideally, imputed abatement costs should always be calculated as the sum of direct and indirect cost effects of additional prevention measures.

Source Publication:
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. 9.37.

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Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Monday, July 4, 2005

Last updated on Wednesday, April 24, 2013