Report from the 2022 Ulvön conference

The 28th edition of the Ulvön Environmental Economics Conference took place the days just before Midsummer at the beautiful island of Ulvön. 33 participants did a good job at keeping the scientific level and discussion at top level. Four keynotes was scheduled but Linda Nostbakken had to cancel due to illness. Adan Martinez Cruz and AJ Bostian stepped up and filled her spot with interesting talks. Richard Tol, Martin Quaas, and Anne-Sophie Crépin all did an excellent job presenting their current research. Presentations (mainly ph d's and post doc's) upheld an impressive quality and level. The scientific discussion and level was high and the parrot - who speaks when the economics is lacking in the presentation - didn't come out even once!

One of the highlights of the conference is the tasting of the fermented herring. We were all thrilled to hear the story about the surströmming and how it has been an integral part of the island's history. And the tasting was also an appreciated event. Many are surprised the rotten fish taste quite good with the right fixings!

We are now looking forward to the 29th edition of the conference!

See the photoalbum from Ulvön 2022 on our facebook.

Director
Tommy Lundgren

Is tourism in the Canaries sustainable and how does it impact local economy?

These are questions that the CERE guest researcher, Ana Lopez asks in her PhD work at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Growing up, Ana has been asking herself if it is possible to alter the tourism sector so it better preserves island unique environment. Even at a quick glance you get all information needed to observe that the landscape has changed due to tourism according to Ana: - If you take a closer look, especially in the south part of the islands, you find that the landscape has changed from infinite virgin beaches to an overconstructed landscape of hotels and apartments. Some of them quite near the sea and protected areas. These impacts grabbed my attention and made me wonder what the real impact of tourism and its emission was. Does the economic benefit of tourism compensate the negative effects of it? (Click on headline to learn more)

Ana Lopez in Ammarnäs
Ana Lopez presents her research in Ammarnäs. 

Without cheap electricity - no green industry

Green industry in Northern Sweden attracts a lot of investments at present. A battery factory i Skellefteå and a couple of "steel without coal" ventures in Boden and Luleå could provide as many as 10'000 new jobs in the area. Why this is happening in Northern Sweden is largerly down to the cheap electricity. Electricity that is planned to mainly stem from wind power in the future. However, what happens if the electricity price goes up? We asked CERE members Runar Brännlund, Bengt Kriström and Tommy Lundgren to answer that question. (Only available on the Swedish site)

Wanted: PhD('s) in Environmental and Energy Economics

Umeå University and the Department of Economics is looking for PhD students in Labor Economics and Environmental and Energy Economics.

Within the field of Environmental and Energy Economics it mainly evolves around two research projects:
“In the first, the purpose is to explore how demand flexibility at the electricity distribution level can be designed to reduce grid congestion and improve grid efficiency. Specifically, the research project is focused on the design of distribution tariffs that incentivize households to reduce peak demand, and on measuring households´ response to such incentives. In the second research project, the purpose is to explore the potential of solar power to support the transition towards a more sustainable society.”

Apply by May 2nd

Learn more about the positions and apply at umu.se.

How forest owners can be compensated for conservation

A new way of compensating forest owners that are required to set aside forest land for conservation could be  by a fund based on a production oriented fee. This system would also facilitate  a landscape view on forest management, which in turn would contribute to Sweden reaching their environmental goals, according to a resent study. 

In the article published in Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research we find researchers from SLU, Uppsala University and Bern University of Applied Sciences. One of them CERE's Göran Bostedt.

Read a news article on the study "Så kan skogsägare kompenseras för avsättningar till naturvård" only in Swedish 

The article

Bostedt, G., de Jong, J., Ekvall, H., Hof, A., Sjögren, J. & Zabel, A. (2021): An Empirical Model for Forest Landscape Planning and its Financial Consequences for Landowners. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 36 (7-8), 626-638.
https://doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2021.1998599 

How landowners can be encouraged to sequester carbon

A report recommends the government to provide landowners with financial support to increase forest fertilization and afforestation of abandoned agricultural land. The government should simultaneously create infrastructure for reverse auctions and trade in net coal storage. The report is written on behalf of the Swedish Environmental Protections Agency with the aim of analyzing various proposals on how the role of the forest can be strengthened in terms of carbon dioxide storage. (only available in Swedish)

Gong, P., Knutsson, A. och Elofsson, K. 2022. Styrmedel för att öka kolsänkor i skogssektorn. Naturvårdsverket rapport 7037, mars 2022

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