CERE held its annual Ammarnäs workshop in the low mountain range near Norway. This year, the meeting was held between the 4th and 6th of April.

ammar gruppAn important focus of the workshop has been and continues to be the work of CERE affiliated PhD students. Student presentations provide an opportunity for students and junior researchers to get feedback from CERE’s senior members. The second day, however, featured presentations by more senior researchers on topics including recreational fishing as well as water and electricity consumption.

GolnazPhD student Golnaz Amjadi was among the presenters. She presented her next project in which she will measure the energy rebound effect for fourteen Swedish manufacturing sectors using Data Envelopment Analysis. Previously, Amjadi measured the energy rebound effect in Swedish heavy industry using Stochastic Frontier Analysis. The presentation concluded with an explanation of the advantages of a two stage Data Envelopment Analysis over Stochastic Frontier Analysis.

AlejandroAnother PhD student, Alejandro Egüez, presented his current topic evaluating the cost efficiency of the EU’s Waste Directive. Currently, the Waste Directive establishes the following order on how waste should be handled: first prevention, then reuse, recycling, incineration, and finally landfilling. Depending on the type of waste, the order of the Waste Hierarchy might indeed prove to be the best sequence. But if a correct economic assessment shows that following the sequence generates a net social loss, then we should re-evaluate this “one size fits all” policy.

The workshop was held at the Vindelfjällen research station, situated in Swedens largest nature reserve. More information on the research station can be found here (only in Swedish).

More photos from Ammarnäs can be found on the CERE facebook page.