On March 25th, an anthology where distinguished researchers and consequential stakeholders comment on what a green tax-switching policy could look like in practice, is set to be released. One of the researchers is CERE’s Bengt Kriström.
Three CERE professors’ comments on a debate article on possible technical solutions as plan B if the price on carbon falls through. “If it is absolutely necessary to use technical solutions, we could for example put up solar panels in order to irrigate Sahara and by doing so, sequestering carbon. It is quicker than building a Fuglesang-Hassler parasol at the Lagrangian point and in all probability considerably cheaper and with by far less negative environmental impact.
CERE’s Runar Brännlund debates the new targets for battling emission in Umeå municipality. He finds the targets redundant and even damaging for individuals and businesses in Umeå without any effect on global emissions. Read the debate article “Skadliga utsläppsmål för Umeå" (Damaging emission targets for Umeå). Published on the Västerbottens Kuriren web on March 13th, 2020 (only in Swedish).
Temporary no-take zones are increasingly introduced in Sweden as a fisheries management tool to restore populations of specific target species. A paper published in the journal Marine Policy by CERE researchers show that cost-benefit analyses for the two no-take zones are positive in all scenarios relating to the most realistic case of no opportunity costs, i.e., assuming that all fishing activity could be relocated to adjacent areas without cost during the closed period. (Click on headline to read more)
“- Our plastic bags do not end up in the Pacific or in China, they are used for carrying and as garbage disposals. They end up in heat and power stations becoming heat or electricity. Furthermore, the majority of the Swedish plastic carrier bags are made by renewable sources.” Runar Brännlund comments on the new tax on plastic bags in fPlus (only in Swedish).
CERE's Runar Brännlund is interviewed in Expressen regarding Ellevios commitment to install new electricity meters. Runar comments that this is a question on demand flexbility, Ellevio is hoping that consumers will adapt to the situation on the electricity market. However, consumers are not that interested in adapting their life to the electric bill. (only in Swedish).
Runar Brännlund is skeptical to the new taxes, only two works according to Runar, carbon and sulfur taxes, the rest are symbolic and greenwashing. He names the departure tax as a good example for a poorly and expensively designed tax. It is taxed on each journey and would be the same regardless if the plane ran on air. (only in Swedish)
CERE's Runar Brännlund is interviewed on the Swedish Radio newsprogram Ekot on December 23rd, 2019 regarding rechargeable hybrid cars and how they can even be less environmental friendly than new diesel driven cars on distances that exceeds 50 km. (only in Swedish)