Operations Research and Environmental Management: The FEEN/KLUWER International Series on Economics, Energy and Environment

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The activities of the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei cover a broad spectrum of research topics, ranging from economics to engineering, from environmen­ tal management at the industry or regional level to basic mathematical model­ ling research. It is the combination of the activities on these last two topics that led the Fondazione to organise, with the University of Geneva, a work­ shop where operation research tools were designed with the aim to provide national and local policy makers with appropriate analytical...

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Overview

The activities of the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei cover a broad spectrum of research topics, ranging from economics to engineering, from environmen­ tal management at the industry or regional level to basic mathematical model­ ling research. It is the combination of the activities on these last two topics that led the Fondazione to organise, with the University of Geneva, a work­ shop where operation research tools were designed with the aim to provide national and local policy makers with appropriate analytical and policy instru­ ments for environmental management. In the recent past, attention has often been devoted to global environmen­ tal issues in which the level of policy making is either international, through multi-country agreements on emission control, or national, when environ­ mental policies are designed to control domestic pollution. Many environ­ mental problems, however, have a local or regional dimension. Even when their dimension is global, e. g. in the case of the greenhouse gas effect, relevant decisions on emission control, such as the adoption of energy saving utilities, are taken at the local level. In many countries, the current legislation imposes the local authorities to prepare plans and adopt measures to control energy consumption or to reduce waste of natural resources. It is therefore important to analyze the way in which local or regional authorities optimise their environmental management.

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' ... recommended to everybody dealing with the use of models, interpretation of model results and application of the model results in practical environmental management. It is the strength of the book that these topics are presented by clear illustrations taken from practical environmental management, and that the results are discussed both from the modeler's and the decision maker's view point.'
Ecological Modeling, 97 (1997)
Booknews
Ten selected papers from a November 1993 international workshop in Geneva present novel operations research methods for the optimal management of the environment, emphasizing different cases in which the MARKEL model for energy planning has been used to make policy decisions by regional and local policy makers. They also propose other tools, including models for managing hazardous wastes, geographical integrated systems, and the control of polluting emission. The papers on regional policies discuss such aspects as the demand for refined bio-fuels and community-based energy-environmental planning. At the global level they consider an uncertainty analysis of a greenhouse effect model, a decomposition approach, and allocating carbon tax revenues to national and international mitigation options. Includes a set of fold-out maps. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface; D. Siniscalco. Introduction; C. Carraro, A. Haurie. Part One: Regional Environmental Policies. 1. Community-Based Regional Energy-Environmental Planning; A. Josefsson, et al. 2. Regional Demands for Refined Bio-Fuels: Using MARKAL for Regional Studies; U. Boman, M. Rosell. 3. MARKAL-Geneva: A model to Assess Energy-Environment Choices for a Swiss Canton; E. Fragniere, A. Haurie. 4. Energy Master Plan for a Community: A Case Study of 'GIS/Economic' Analysis; B. Saugy, et al. Part Two: Global Environmental Policies. 5. Uncertainty Analysis of a Greenhouse Effect Model; J.A. Filar, R. Zapert. 6. A Decomposition Approach to Multiregional Environmental Planning: a Numerical Study; O. Bahn, et al. 7. Allocation of Carbon Tax Revenues to National and International Mitigation Options; S. Kypreos. Part Three: Tools for Energy Planning and Environmental Management. 8. MESAP-III: An Information and Decision Support System for Energy and Environmental Planning; C. Schlenzig, A. Reuter. 9. MARKAL Model with Elastic Demands: Application to Greenhouse Gas Emission Control; R. Loulou, D. Lavigne. 10. Hazardous Materials Logistics: An Annotated Bibliography; V. Verter, E. Erkut.

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