The August issue of Forest Policy and Economics contains not one but two papers by recent CERE grads Jinggang Guo and Brian Danley. Jinggang, specializing in forest sector modelling, defended his thesis on October 12, 2018. Just a few months later on January 25, 2019, Brian Danley defended his thesis on ecosystem services and forest policy. Apart from publishing in the same issue of the same journal, and defending in close proximity, they have also both chosen to spend the next chapter of their research careers in the US.
Economists often study self-organizing systems in which participants’ behavior is coordinated based on a set of principles, like supply and demand, without explicit cooperation between participants. As Adam Smith famously observed, by taking cues from market prices and pursuing their own self-interest, buyers and sellers pursue courses of action that may appear as if they are guided by an invisible hand. It may have been the magic of uncoordinated organization at work when recent CERE graduates Jinggang Guo and Brian Danley both published their research papers in the same issue of the same journal and choose the same country as their next research destination. (Click on headline to read more)
CERE Professors Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johansson claim on Dagens industry (Industry Today) debate, June 20th, 2019 that Swedish air travelers are being taxed three times over. This while decreased emissions in Sweden means increased emissions somewhere else in the EES due to EU-ETS. This also means cheaper emission permits between other foreign EES airports as well as cheaper flight tickets.
CERE's Runar Brännlund took on June 15th, 2019 part of a discussion regarding the planned battery factory in Skellefteå. Will it boost Norrland or will the revenues end up somewhere else? Runar finds it hard to believe that it will have any kind of influence on the large area that is Norrland, but if all goes as planned, it will certainly be a boost for Skellefteå and its vicinity.
The program is only available in Swedish. Runar can be heard 4.10 and 8.09 minutes into the program.
Northvolt have been able to raise enough money to begin their plans for a battery factory in Skelleftå. The money comes from a loan but also from investments of 9 billion SEK from for instance the car companies Volkswagen and BMW as well as from the bank Goldman Sachs. Runar finds it very likely, if all goes according to plan, that this will be a boost for Skellefteå and its vicinity. However, for Norrland, being such a large area (about 60% of Sweden), it will most likely not have any kind of influence.
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On 3-4 June 2019 the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Timber Section’s Team of Specialists (ToS) on Wood Energy met at the SLU campus in Umeå. Among its obligations, the ToS has a mandate to advise and support the joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section’s activities regarding wood energy data and to contribute to a better understanding of wood energy statistics as a basis for sound policy making. The ToS recently released a report on wood energy as the largest source of bioenergy in the UNECE region.
At the meeting, CERE’s Deputy Director Francisco Aguilar was elected to be the new leader of the ToS over the 2019-2021 period. (Click on headline to read more) ToS members and SLU faculty members pictured at the SLU campus on 4 June 2019. Photo: Ann-Katrin Israelsson.
We are proud to welcome Professor Brent Sohngen from Ohio State University as guest professor at CERE and SLU. Initially, he will be here from May 27 to June 23, but will return for monthly stays over the next three years. Brent will have his office up at the Department of Forest Economics at SLU.(Click on headline to read more)