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)
The newspaper Östersunds-Posten wrote an article about the 50 largest forest owners in the county of Jämtland. The forest industry has a turn over best counted in billions, but there are other non-monetary values to consider, something that is increasingly discussed. CERE’s Bengt Kriström, who has been working with these issues for many years now, elaborates.
“- What we call non-market-values like for instance recreation, have a tendency to increase with increasing income, and I would say that they have become more important of late. A lot of people see value beyond chopping down the forest.” (Click on headline to read more)
The intersection between productivity and the environment a focus area during guest researcher Moriah Bostians stay with CERE this spring.
Moriah will be working closely with CERE’s Tommy Lundgren: - We are currently working to apply network technology estimation methods in order to model the linkages between prevention and treatment technologies for emissions reductions. For example, switching to a lower emissions fuel source would be considered a form of prevention, while installing smoke stack scrubbers would be considered a form of treatment. We are also using similar network methods to better understand the tradeoffs in forest management between harvesting timber for final pulp and paper products, using forest resources to produce biofuel, and net carbon emissions. (Click on headline to read more)