Response measures models - MERLIN


Name and contact of the organization

Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER)

University of Stuttgart, Hessbruehlstrasse 49a, D-70565 Stuttgart, Germany

Description of model

MERLIN is a cost-benefit-analysis computer-based model system that can be used to determine the bundle of air pollution control measures that is capable of achieving compliance with air quality limit and target values (for emission, concentrations and deposition) for specific pollutants at least-costs. 

Furthermore, the model can be used to calculate benefits, i.e. avoided damage costs by implementing air pollution control measures, first in a physical way, and in a second step - as far as possible - in monetary terms. In addition, macroeconomic effects and distributional impacts of pollution control strategies can be determined

Particular relevance

The model is relevant in assessing the socio-economic impacts of the climate change mitigation policies. In particular, this model can be used to estimate the economic cost and benefits of such policies.then



Model applications

MERLIN data and applications (

Combined health & climate Scenario - MERLIN is used to analyse the economic costs and benefits of a combined health and climate scenario. This scenario aims at a combined reduction of ozone precursor emissions, compliance with limit values of Particulate Matter (namely PM10) as well as the emission targets of the Kyoto Protocol.

Organization's main area of research

Analysis and research on new technologies and energy systems, environmental analysis, modelling energy policies.

Other projects / reseach