CERE’s Runar Brännlund debates the new targets for battling emission in Umeå municipality. He finds the targets redundant and even damaging for individuals and businesses in Umeå without any effect on global emissions. Read the debate article “Skadliga utsläppsmål för Umeå" (Damaging emission targets for Umeå). Published on the Västerbottens Kuriren web on March 13th, 2020 (only in Swedish).
Temporary no-take zones are increasingly introduced in Sweden as a fisheries management tool to restore populations of specific target species. A paper published in the journal Marine Policy by CERE researchers show that cost-benefit analyses for the two no-take zones are positive in all scenarios relating to the most realistic case of no opportunity costs, i.e., assuming that all fishing activity could be relocated to adjacent areas without cost during the closed period. (Click on headline to read more)
“- Our plastic bags do not end up in the Pacific or in China, they are used for carrying and as garbage disposals. They end up in heat and power stations becoming heat or electricity. Furthermore, the majority of the Swedish plastic carrier bags are made by renewable sources.” Runar Brännlund comments on the new tax on plastic bags in fPlus (only in Swedish).
CERE's Runar Brännlund is interviewed in Expressen regarding Ellevios commitment to install new electricity meters. Runar comments that this is a question on demand flexbility, Ellevio is hoping that consumers will adapt to the situation on the electricity market. However, consumers are not that interested in adapting their life to the electric bill. (only in Swedish).
Runar Brännlund is skeptical to the new taxes, only two works according to Runar, carbon and sulfur taxes, the rest are symbolic and greenwashing. He names the departure tax as a good example for a poorly and expensively designed tax. It is taxed on each journey and would be the same regardless if the plane ran on air. (only in Swedish)