Could we increase the usage of our berry resources?

Photo Mona Bonta BergmanIn the radio program Studio 1, they asked themselves whether Sweden is missing out on serious money and job opportunities by not increasing the usage of our forest berry resources more. CERE’s Bengt Kriström was interviewed and he was sceptical towards the serious money to be earned.

The oil, peel and seed of the berries are being used in health food and cosmetics. A berry refinement business for these purposes is growing in our neighbouring countries and according to some, Sweden is missing out on millions by not jumping on the bandwagon. However, CERE’s Bengt Kriström do not agree: “- The basic question then is, why are we not using it. And the answer to that question as I see it, is that today, it just is not profitable. There are plenty of talented entrepreneurs that could collect on the alleged profits.”

Listen to the Studio 1 segment from Sveriges radio P1 November 11th, 2016 or read the article ”Den svenska bärskogen - en outnyttjad guldgruva?” on Sveriges radio, published November 14th, 2016. (Only in Swedish)

”Focus on the problems, not the consumption”

Bengt Kriström, CERE, comments on a DN article by Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg. In their article they call for the government to act in order to decrease consumption. However, Bengt mean that a policy aimed at the issues rather than the consumption is needed.

Read the articles, only in Swedish.

Fokusera på problemen, inte konsumtionen”, by Bengt Kriström, published on October 11, 2016.

Regeringen missar målet: konsumtionen måste minska” by researchers Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg, published on October 8, 2016.

Natural capital has declined and produced capital increased

Comparative studies of Sweden against UK, France, Germany, and America generally reveal that natural capital has declined, while produced capital has increased over time. The reason being extra investments that were dedicated to infrastructural and manufacturing sectors during the second industrialization revolution.

Tradable Permits in Cost-benefit Analysis

Tradable permits for greenhouse gases are growing in popularity as one of the available tools to tackle climate change. How should these be handled in cost-benefit analysis?

According to CERE working paper 2016-14 and its author Per-Olov Johansson, it would be a mistake to value permits at the global marginal damage cost. Also, it would be a mistake to treat permits as a transfer within the private sector. These considerations are key to both researchers and practitioners conducting cost-benefit analysis including tradable permits.

Welcome to CERE Klarizze Puzon

KLARIZZEIn the Autumn of 2016, Dr Klarizze Anne Martin Puzon joined SLU and CERE as Browaldh fellow. She obtained her graduate in France and was a visiting researcher in Spain. She is interested in resource economics, environmental economics, political economy, and experimental methods.

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.

Learn more about the Summer School

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