Costs for a Sweden free of fossil fuels could outweigh the benefits and the money perhaps better spent in other countries, Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johansson, CERE, claims in a retort on SvD, January 2nd.
Kriström and Johansson questions whether reign supreme is the way for Sweden to go when it comes to the climate issue. Perhaps the 100 billion SEK that it would cost for a fossil-free Sweden would be better spent in countries where it would be less costly to reduce emissions and thereby also helping people in poverty.
Read the full article (only in Swedish) ”Vår fördel har varit små utsläpp i elproduktionen” published online January 2nd, 2016.
Kelly de Bruin, an environmental economist at CERE, calls for a more realistic meeting in Paris.
Some 170 countries submitted their emission-reducing pledges ahead of the Paris COP meeting. These pledges show that we overshoot the 2-degree target with at best 0.5 or 0.7 degrees. Kelly, an expert on calculating how the economy and climate change affects one another, urges for a more realistic dialogue: - Politicians keep talking about 2 degrees, which is not very viable anymore, and the actual commitments they talk about will lead to at best 2.7 degrees temperature change in 2100. There is a mismatch of the dialogue on the goal of the negotiations (2 degree limit) and the actual negotiation commitments (2.7 degrees).
At the 4th Workshop on Non-Market Valuation, WONV, a best paper award will be launched and the winner will thereafter be invited to present their paper at CERE.
Aemiro arrived at CERE this November and his research interests are in valuation of non-marketed environmental goods and services.
As an international Centre for research and education, CERE regularly sends researchers abroad to strengthen its relations to other institutions in the field. Currently, two PhD students are spending a term abroad, read their reports.
The unique PhD-course “State of the Art in Payments for Environmental Services and Market-based Instruments”, attracted leading lecturers in the field and students from 12 different countries to Umeå.
- The assembly of highly accomplished researchers who gave lectures during the week was impressive, commented Brian Danley, PhD student from SLU Umeå. - As participants we benefited from a “who’s who” list of PES scholars personally explaining the main issues and challenges in this sub field of research. And his fellow student Jinggang Guo added that - The well-organized seminar presented a wealth of knowledge in an easy-to-digest format. The background, theory and practical application with the applied software were exceptional.
The most downloaded paper; “Preference Cloud Theory: Imprecise Preferences and Preference Reversal” was co-authored by a young promising PhD student, Oben Bayrak. We asked him to tell us more about his work.
Three researchers talks about what an ambitious climate policy could look like in Västerbottens kuriren, November 12, 2015. Read the entire article below (only in Swedish):
Idag arrangerar Klimatforum Västerbotten en konferens om bl.a. klimatforskning, klimatpolitik och klimatsmart ekonomi. Tillsammans med Västerbottens klimatambassadörer samt nationella och regionala föreläsare skall klimatfrågan diskuteras från ett regionalt till ett internationellt perspektiv. Mötet i Umeå kan tyckas ligga rätt i tiden då FN:s klimatkonvention, UNFCCC, genomför sitt tjugoförsta partsmöte i Paris den 30 november – 11 december. Anmärkningsvärt, dock, med mötet i Umeå är den nästan totala avsaknaden av klimatforskare och forskare på klimatpolitik och ekonomi. Inte minst av detta skäl finner vi det av stor vikt att ge vår bild av hur Sverige bör utforma sin klimatpolitik så att det på effektivaste sätt bidrar till minskad klimatpåverkan.
Bengt Kriström was invited to comment on Professor Rögnvald Hannessons book in connection with an international conference in Hannessons honour on Iceland. Hannesson is a leading economist on fishery.