Popular GAMS course

GAMS kurs15 students from all over the world attended this year's course given between the 3rd of March to the 25th. It was the third time the course was given and the number of students are steadily growing says responsible teacher Kelly de Bruin.

If you missed the course this year, never fear, it will run again next year as well. And if the number of applications would keep growing at this rate, then we'll consider giving it twice a year says Kelly.

You find more information about the course here.

The electricity business biggest challenge: electricity storage

Kjell Jansson, CEO of Swedish Energy. Photo Mona Bonta Bergman- My biggest fear is that Sweden won't be able to handle the effect balance in 5-10 years, says Kjell Jansson, member of CERE's advisory board and CEO of Swedish Energy.

The electricity power base is being replaced by weather dependent electricity that needs to be stored in order to be available when the customers require it. – Storage of electricity is a key issue for long-term incorporation of renewable power into the global electricity system. My hope is that this will be investigated and that the government and parliament will realise the problem through the energy commission that is about to commence their activity, says Kjell Jansson.

Kjell Jansson, CEO of Swedish Energy. Photo Mona Bonta Bergman

”Chinese state-owned forests should be sustainably managed”

"There are many Chinese state-owned forest enterprises (SOFE's) with significant profitability demands. Researchers at SLU found that the Chinese state could influence the enterprises towards more protected forests and reforestation, so that other forms of forest management like farming, recreation etc. can be developed." (My translation)

Species rich forests vs. more biofuel

"Stumps and other deadwood function as habitats for a number of different organisms in the forest eco system. The clearing stumps are also sought after as biofuel. A forest economic study at SLU shows that the national environmental goals "Levande skogar" (Living Forests) and "Begränsad klimatpåverkan" (Limited climate impact) collide when stumps in a larger scale are harvested"

Carnivore conservation gives compensation

Reindeer herders receive compensation based on the amount of carnivore offspring certified on their pastures and not the amount of lost livestock. The method is called performance payment schemes and is a relatively new method where Sweden can be viewed as a pioneer.

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