Preliminary results from PhD-student Golnaz Amjadis work show that the wish that “green jobs” could contribute to both challenges associated with climate change and high unemployment rate is not supported by the data. Golnaz Amjadi explains in this article. Click on headline to read more
CERE:s Bengt Kriström och Per-Olov Johansson skriver på SvD debatt den 28 april, 2018 om vad de anser vara en ”samstämmighet mellan ekonomiska experter vad gäller en satsning på höghastighetsbanor i Sverige”. Förutom att projektet ”har få eller inga möjligheter att bli samhällsekonomiskt lönsamt. En av de avgörande faktorerna är befolkningsunderlaget – Sverige har helt enkelt en för liten befolkning” menar de.
”Höghastighetstågen kan möjligen något minska utsläppen av växthusgaser men till en hög kostnad. En koldioxidminskning kan kosta upp till 40 gånger mer än i det billigaste alternativet.”
The newspaper Syre, writes about the goal of phasing out subsidies that are damaging to the climate and the environment. The goal is widely supported politically but not entirely unproblematic. CERE’s Runar Brännlund say that here are good grounds for the existance of reduced environmental taxes.
“The general reason used is competition. However, I would say that it is more adequate to describe it as an issue of carbon leakage. The obligation to pay full tax could in, for example, the agricultural sector mean that large parts of the business would have to shut down. This would lead to increased import from elsewhere, that in the end would potentially mean higher emissions.
We therefore need to make an analysis of which effects each case would have on the global emissions with a changed tax rate, says Runar Brännlund. At the moment, there is a lacko of clear motives as to why Swedish subsidies remain, this was established by, for instance, OECD in a review from 2014.”
Sliperiet, Room “White Box” May 8th, 2018, 09:00 – 16:00
The workshop on waste economics will address issues relating to municipal waste management. The focus will be on the waste hierarchy and how environmental effects and sustainability can be worked into a social welfare framework. At the very heart of the discussion will be the question of how fast we should climb the waste hierarchy ladder. The workshop will also address the importance of considering incentive structures and market dynamics when designing policies aiming for a circular economy. For more information about the presentations, see the attached program.
The workshop targets a broad audience and constitutes a platform where researchers and stakeholders can meet and exchange ideas. All presentations and discussion will be in English.
The Green Technology and Environmental Economics Research and Collaboration Platform focus on interdisciplinary research and development by integrating environmental system analysis, process integration and environmental economics expertise. The platform focuses on environmental analyses and relates to Sweden’s environmental quality objectives and the development of sustainable cities. The platform is a joint initiative from Umeå University and the Umeå Municipality Companies Umeå Energi, VAKIN and Dåva DAC.