Bengt Kriström for president

Bengt Kriström, foto: Mona Bonta BergmanEAERE (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics) is electing a new president and CERE's research Director Bengt Kriström is one of two candidates.

The presidency means a varied degree of commitment over six years starting January 1st 2014. The voting will take place until November 15th 2013.

More information can be found on EAERE's web.

Climate initiatives from municipalities could be pointless

If municipalities want to contribute to reduced emissions, they should simply buy gas emission allowances.

Changing climate policy in the municipality simply leads to increased cost for citizens and companies. The amount of gas emissions stays the same.

This information is from the report; "Energimarknaden, ägandet och klimatet" at SNS where CERE's Tommy Lundgren has been involved.

More information can be found only in Swedish
"Kommunala klimatsatsningar riskerar bli ett slag i luften" GP, published August 28th 2013.
"Forskare varnar för särskilt klimatansvar" Miljö och Utveckling published August 29th 2013.

"It is enough with a single goal for emissions"

"Sweden have all the requirements to succeed in an ambitious climate policy. But why take a lengthy deatour through other policy areas? Climate goals should be formulated in terms of the environmental problems we want to solve, and not in terms of the resources we have to solve it. It means that there is a need for emissions targets but not targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency." 
Eva Samakovlis and CERE's Runar Brännlund makes a statement in SvD Opinion.

Read the article here (only in Swedish)

Paper presented in 18th Annual POWER Conference on Energy Research and Policy

Using a rather unexplored dataset on tradable permit transaction, the study found that;
  • Transaction costs played an important role in the initial years of the EU ETS and were significant in explaining why some ETS firms did not participate in the European emission trading market and chose to trade allowances individually via third parties.
  • It was also evident that the importance of transaction costs was declining over time.
  • The study also found evidence that supports the concerns raised by the European Commission that transaction costs might be excessive for smaller participants.

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