Jussi Lintunen and Jussi Uusivuori show in their winning article that an increase in the use of wood, despite it not being emission free, is optimal. However, this is so only if the biomass stock first increases. A subsidy on forest growth and tax on harvest leads to forest owners postponing their harvest, which increases biomass stock and carbon sequestration. As the rotation approaches its maximum level of sustainability, the harvest yield will increase and price on roundwood will fall, so that it can become optimal to use roundwood in energy generation.
“The atmosphere does not care from where the emissions stem. We need to get as much as possible from each invested krona.” Runar Brännlund in discussion with Ola Hansén, World Wide Fund for Nature, regarding where to focus the efforts in the struggle against climate change from the Swedish Radio program Studio ett (Studio one) August 16th, 2018. (only in Swedish)
Runar Brännlund, CERE, lists the five industries expected to be most affected by the changing climate on SvD.
Weather-dependent industries will to a greater extent be affected and calculations made by Runar show a tendency for a plus in the general economy. However, Runar points out that estimates on a 100-year term hold a lot of uncertainty and therefore difficult to do.
Research by CERE PhD Brian Danley shows that the more a forest owner believes that the state is responsible for fulfilling environmental goals the less likely that their non-certified forest will contain set-asides. Owners of larger, non-certified properties are more likely to report that they have left set-asides. (Click on headline to read more)