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Economic Requirements and Instruments for Sustainable Urban Water Management – Comparative Review

  • Erik GawelEmail author
  • Norman Bedtke
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Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 12)

Abstract

Sustainable water management is still one of the major challenges of our times, and economic instruments may significantly contribute to a transition towards sustainability in water management. This chapter provides an overview on the current state of the implementation of sustainable water management in Germany. After introducing environmental policy instruments with a special focus on water pricing, the chapter gives an overview of topical challenges in Germany by looking in particular at the design of key policy instruments and the related need for reforms. The following points will be taken into consideration: contradictory requirements of water pricing, deficiencies of current tariffs against the background of changing demand structures, the role of environmental regulatory charges and the importance of a pending urban water sector transition. It will be shown that Germany’s water management is far from being completely “sustainable” – despite all the successes achieved to date.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Infrastructure and Resource Management, Faculty of Economics and Business ManagementLeipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany

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