Regulating industry emissions: assessing the Moroccan cement experiences

Regulating industry emissions: assessing the Moroccan cement experiences

In the MENA region, the cement industry grew rapidly during the last decades; however, while producing the main building material in the world, the cement industry is also one of the most significant industrial polluters. This paper analyses the way heavy polluting industries may be regulated in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by examining the case of the cement industry in Morocco.

The paper questions the consequences of cement production on the environment and quantifies the related welfare loss through methodologies of economic valuation. Relatedly, it demonstrates that the cost of regulating the emissions of the cement industry is lower than the benefit it creates.

Equally important, the document examines the whole set of instruments that could be used by the regulator to reduce the environmental consequences of cement production. In this sense, it presents a set of criteria that constitutes the basis for choosing the best instrument in each situation.

Supplementarily, the authors build a multi-criteria framework in order to identify a possible strategy for regulating the emissions of the cement sector. Still, they recommend to formulate a global strategy which proposes criteria that set rules for trading-off environmental and economic objectives.

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