”Fast trains neither supported by environment nor economy”

CERE’s Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johansson writes on SvD debate on April 28th, 2018 about what they see as a “coherence between economic experts when it comes to high-speed rails in Sweden”. Apart from the project “having few or no chances at all of becoming socio-economically profitable. One of the key factors is the population density – Sweden just does not have a big enough population” they say.

“High-speed rails could possibly decrease the emission of green-house gas but at a high cost. A decrease in carbon dioxide could cost up to 40 times more than the cheaper option.”

Read the full article (only in Swedish) ”Snabba tåg stöds varken av klimat eller ekonomi”

Emissions amplified by governmental billions

The newspaper Syre, writes about the goal of phasing out subsidies that are damaging to the climate and the environment. The goal is widely supported politically but not entirely unproblematic. CERE’s Runar Brännlund say that here are good grounds for the existance of reduced environmental taxes.

“The general reason used is competition. However, I would say that it is more adequate to describe it as an issue of carbon leakage. The obligation to pay full tax could in, for example, the agricultural sector mean that large parts of the business would have to shut down. This would lead to increased import from elsewhere, that in the end would potentially mean higher emissions.

We therefore need to make an analysis of which effects each case would have on the global emissions with a changed tax rate, says Runar Brännlund. At the moment, there is a lacko of clear motives as to why Swedish subsidies remain, this was established by, for instance, OECD in a review from 2014.”

Read the full article ”Statliga miljarder göder utsläppen” (only in Swedish), published online April 12th, 2017.

Workshop on Waste Economics

Sliperiet, Room “White Box”
May 8th, 2018, 09:00 – 16:00

The workshop on waste economics will address issues relating to municipal waste management. The focus will be on the waste hierarchy and how environmental effects and sustainability can be worked into a social welfare framework. At the very heart of the discussion will be the question of how fast we should climb the waste hierarchy ladder. The workshop will also address the importance of considering incentive structures and market dynamics when designing policies aiming for a circular economy. For more information about the presentations, see the attached program.

The workshop targets a broad audience and constitutes a platform where researchers and stakeholders can meet and exchange ideas. All presentations and discussion will be in English.

Sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than April 30. Please indicate if you have any special preferences regarding lunch (vegetarian, allergies etc). The seats are limited to around 50.

The Green Technology and Environmental Economics Research and Collaboration Platform focus on interdisciplinary research and development by integrating environmental system analysis, process integration and environmental economics expertise. The platform focuses on environmental analyses and relates to Sweden’s environmental quality objectives and the development of sustainable cities. The platform is a joint initiative from Umeå University and the Umeå Municipality Companies Umeå Energi, VAKIN and Dåva DAC.


Dynamic residential pricing of electricity: is it beneficial for households and the electric system?

RESEARCH: Most plausible scenarios of dynamic pricing of residential electricity is likely to lead to households reducing electricity usage along with their monthly bill. In view of the timing of the reduction in demand, Dynamic pricing could play a role in integration of intermittent energy sources. CERE member Chandra Kiran explains findings in the new working paper. Click on headline to read more
Illustration: Mona Bonta Bergman

"The intellectual collapse of environmental policy"

CERE's Per-Olov Johansson and Bengt Kriström states their views on what they call the intellectual collapse of environmental policy in Barometern. They claim that it is "no longer about difficult tradeoffs, not even about making impact assessments". They argue that environmental policy moves away from evidence-based policies towards measures without scientific support that are unnecessarily costly, and that both the environment and taxpayers could benefit from improved environmental policies.

"The Swedish environmental policy of today lives in an intellectual vacuum that in the long run, both the environment and taxpayers pick up the bill for. Introducing new tools for environmental policy supported by solid economic theory is replaced by symbolic politics without principles. The environmental policy has lost its intellectual vitality."

Read the full article "Miljöpolitikens intellektuella kollaps" (The intellectual collapse of the environmental policy) in Barometern, published February 19, 2018. Please note: only in Swedish.

Quotes translated by webmaster. 

Escaping the pastoralist paradox in the face of climate change

Last week SLU researchers were in Kenya to start up a new research project about the link between land ownership and the capacity for climate change in three semi-arid regions in Kenya dominated by pastoralism. A comparative analysis of different tenure systems and their implications for climate vulnerability in semi-arid Sub-Saharan African is to be done. The project is financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and will initially run for three years.

Read more at SLU Global

PhD student Jinggang Guo's experience at Purdue

Jinggang left to learn more about CGE modeling at the prestigious University in the United States. He quickly felt right at home and was impressed by the Center for Global Trade Analysis. Learn more about his experiences.

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Opinion: Big bubbles, no troubles

This is the story of how textbook examples of environmental taxation and emission trading came to life and the obstacles they face, all from the perspective of CERE Research Director Bengt Kriström. Complete with bubbles, dragons, yin and yang. Grab a coffee or tea and enjoy.

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