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.

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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.

Find Runar Brännlund at Almedalen

CERE’s Runar Brännlund, as his wont, will visit the week for politicians in Almedalen on Gotland. This year for Energiföretagen (the Energy businesses).

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Lyser fortfarande lamporna 2025?
Arrangör: Energiföretagen Sverige
Dag: 6/7 2016 12:15 - 13:00

Elmarknaden är i kraftig omvandling. Mer vind och sol betyder osäkrare leveranser. Men vill vi ha samma säkra nivå som idag? Vad får det i så fall kosta? Eller ska vi för miljöns skull acceptera att det ibland är mörkare?

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Hur stabil är elsektorn som skattebas?
Arrangör: Energiföretagen Sverige
Dag: 6/7 2016 14:15 - 15:00

Staten tar årligen ut ca 40 miljarder från elsektorn i skatt. Är det rimligt och hur stabil är elsektorn som skattebas på sikt? Vilken beskattning av elsektorn sker idag och hur skulle beskattningen kunna göras annorlunda. Konsekvenser av beskattning av elproduktion, konsumtion av el m.m. diskuteras.

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Philip Kofi Adom received the Global Swede 2016

The Global Swede Ceremony is one of a kind! The objective is to promote Swedish export globally by making valuable contacts with highly successful foreign students registered at Swedish Universities and to engage the students to become Swedish ambassadors. The result of the ceremony is a longstanding relationship which rewards the Swedish foreign export and the Swedish Industry. The acknowledgement is given to students who have excelled within innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. This was the sixth time the ceremony was held and the year 2016 Global Swede Ceremony SLU student was given to the PhD student Philip Kofi Adom for his thesis. CERE is happy for Philips’ achievements and is grateful to be part of the network.

Considerable potentials to improve the energy efficiency of Swedish industrial firms

Dr Shanshan ZhangCongratulations to CERE Dr Shanshan Zhang who successfully defended her thesis Energy efficiency and firm performance – Evidence from Swedish Industry, on May 27, 2016. Professor Subal Kumbhakar from Bringhamton University acted as the opponent. The thesis sheds light on how to create energy efficiency, environmental performance and productivity at industrial firm level in the Swedish economic context between years 2000-2008. Main conclusions are that there are considerable potentials to improve the energy efficiency of Swedish industrial firms. The EU ETS and the Swedish carbon dioxide tax do not seem to create any significant energy-saving incentives. This is partly due to the relatively low permit prices. On the other hand, the Swedish energy tax significantly motivated energy efficiency improvements. More to, based on her research, she suggests that there are still several topics left for future research such as compare different functional specifications of the SFA models, combine SFA and DEA model, and by updating the dataset and energy efficiency related analysis.

Full access to Shanshan’s thesis.

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