”Focus on the problems, not the consumption”

Bengt Kriström, CERE, comments on a DN article by Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg. In their article they call for the government to act in order to decrease consumption. However, Bengt mean that a policy aimed at the issues rather than the consumption is needed.

Read the articles, only in Swedish.

Fokusera på problemen, inte konsumtionen”, by Bengt Kriström, published on DN.se October 11, 2016.

Regeringen missar målet: konsumtionen måste minska” by researchers Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg, published on DN.se October 8, 2016.

Natural capital has declined and produced capital increased

Comparative studies of Sweden against UK, France, Germany, and America generally reveal that natural capital has declined, while produced capital has increased over time. The reason being extra investments that were dedicated to infrastructural and manufacturing sectors during the second industrialization revolution.

Tradable Permits in Cost-benefit Analysis

Tradable permits for greenhouse gases are growing in popularity as one of the available tools to tackle climate change. How should these be handled in cost-benefit analysis?

According to CERE working paper 2016-14 and its author Per-Olov Johansson, it would be a mistake to value permits at the global marginal damage cost. Also, it would be a mistake to treat permits as a transfer within the private sector. These considerations are key to both researchers and practitioners conducting cost-benefit analysis including tradable permits.

Welcome to CERE Klarizze Puzon

KLARIZZEIn the Autumn of 2016, Dr Klarizze Anne Martin Puzon joined SLU and CERE as Browaldh fellow. She obtained her graduate in France and was a visiting researcher in Spain. She is interested in resource economics, environmental economics, political economy, and experimental methods.

A new book on the impact of Climate Policy on Environmental and Economic Performance

bok“What is the effect of the CO2 tax on environmental performance and profitability of firms? Does including emissions in productivity measurement of the industrial firm matter? Did the introduction of the EU ETS spur technological development in the Swedish industrial firm?” Which air pollutant inhibits production most when regulated?

A new book by researchers Rolf Färe, Shawna Grosskopf, Tommy Lundgren, Per-Olov Marklund, and Wenchao Zhou analyses firm level data from 1990 to 2008 to evaluate the role of climate policy on Swedish industrial firms’ environmental and economic performance. Sweden is an interesting case worth to study with many learned lessons when it comes to environmental policy design and implementation.

The birth of a new model

CERE’s Kelly de Bruin went to Montreal, Canada to write a short paper but as enthusiasm grew, so did the goal and a new model saw the light of day: The Mitigation Adaptation Geo-Engineering Economy (MAGE) model. A model to rule them all, well at least mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering. Here Kelly tells us more about her visit to Canada and the model.

Kelly lecturing at Summer School on coping with climate change

kelly de bruin webCERE’s Kelly de Bruin is part of a session taking a closer look at how climate change impacts and adaptation options are assessed in economic terms and modelled within Kelly’s expert area; integrated assessment models (IAM’s).

The Summer School, September 19th-22nd, is organized by the University of Graz, Austria and their Doctoral Programme for Climate Change. They invited students in the process of writing their dissertations within the field of coping with climate change in order to learn and understand processes transferring their research into practical use.

Learn more about the Summer School

Suggested actions for the Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan

Suggested actions for the Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan

One of five suggested paths from the IVA project Vägval el is to look upon electricity as an opportunity for industrial development and reduced climate impact.

CERE’s Runar Brännlund participated in the project and in June they handed over their compiled report to the Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan. Suggested paths;

Path 1: Look upon electricity as a facilitator for industrial development and reduced climate impact
Path 2: Provide flexibility for cost-effective development of the power system
Path 3: Take more environmental issues in to consideration than climate
Path 4: Establish a goal to secure supply in order to maintain the high levels of today
Path 5: Strengthen cooperation with the other countries

The entire report; ”Fem vägval för Sverige” (only in Swedish) can be found on iva.se.
Read the NyTeknik article; ”Fem tips till stabilt och hållbart elsystem” (only in Swedish), published July 14th 2016.

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