APRAISE will offer guidance on ex-ante policy impact assessment and come up with general policy recommendations. APRAISE will therefore assist policymakers in reducing inefficiencies in policy design and to create win-win situations whereby economic strength goes hand in hand with environmental protection and efficient use of natural resources. The main outputs of APRAISE are as follows:
- Extension of policy assessment models: for the top-down analysis, a modified version of the dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model of the world economy, based on the GTAP-model and database is used. BSAM is used for the bottom up approach.
- Empirical analysis of environmental policy instruments (and their mixes) employed in different relevant sectors, such as water, waste, transport, air quality.
- Development of modelling scenarios to provide additional data about the macro-effects and the structural effects of a given policy, including deployment of green technologies and socio-economic effect of different combinations of policies. There will be a two-pronged approach to the scenario generation:
- focusing on the response individual actors may have on a combination of policies, while simultaneously facing uncertainty in relation to market parameters, and
- an integrated approach, where the impact of policies is studied from a social planner perspective and the focus is more on the interactions between sectors, policies and actors.
- Integrated policy assessment. The results of both the empirical and model-based analysis concerning the effectiveness, efficacy and efficiency of environmental policies and their interaction with each other and with other policy fields are consolidated for the environmental sectors considered.
- Dissemination and exploitation activities for discussion refinement and dissemination of the methodology and models results.