Implications of Denmark’s water price reform for riverine and coastal surface water quality

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  • Massimo Pizzol, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Maria Molinos-Senante, Departamento de Ingeniería Hidráulica y Ambiental, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Hans Thodsen
  • Mikael Skou Andersen
Article 9 of the EU’s Water Framework Directive requires that Member States should provide ‘adequate incentives’ for efficient use of water resources. Although the Directive is mainly about the ecological quality of water bodies, control of quantity serves as an ‘ancillary element’ in delivering on the objectives. This article explores on the significance of water pricing reform for the ecological quality objectives for surface waters, and as a stepping stone in this analysis, for water resource use. It does so with a catchment based analysis of implications from water pricing reform introduced in the early 1990’s in Denmark. Household water use is found to have been 50 per cent higher per capita before a reform, which introduced full-cost pricing and the fiscal Duty on Piped Water. The article finds that water pricing has an important role to play for future water quality management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomic Instruments for a Low-Carbon Future
EditorsTheodoros Zachariadis, Janet E. Milne, Mikael Skou Andersen, Hope Ashiabor
Place of publicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication year31 Jul 2020
ISBN (print)9781839109904
ISBN (Electronic)9781839109911
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020
SeriesCritical issues in environmental taxation

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