Consumers don't want to adapt life after price for electricity

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).

The moral taxes

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)


Eco-friendly charging hybrids could be counter-productive

CERE's Runar Brännlund is interviewed on the Swedish Radio newsprogram Ekot on December 23rd, 2019 regarding rechargeable hybrid cars and how they can even be less environmental friendly than new diesel driven cars on distances that exceeds 50 km. (only in Swedish)

One should have a caravan?

"The bonus malus tax syste could premiere the car and cardavan vehicle combination instead of a camper van - this despite the latter having a lower emissions rate. This from Runar Brännlund, Professor in Economics." Published on SvD debate on December 8th, 2019 (only available in Swedish). 

Low demand for curbside collection, especially if it is poorly designed

The support is limited for curbside collection of newspaper CERE’s Thomas Broberg explains on DN debate, December 3rd 2019. The disadvantages with the service may outweigh the advantages if curbside collection is designed without collaboration between municipalities and producer responsibility actors.

Thomas Broberg means that the pros and cons with curbside collection of newspaper needs to be balanced. He bases his argument on a survey conducted in the municipality of Umeå where residential household preferences for different of systems for collecting recycling was examined. That survey shows that only a third of the residential households demand curbside collection, however 42 percent claim it will not facilitate their recycling. The increased service might even counteract the benefits and end up in increased weekday hassle and additional heavy traffic in the neighborhood.

Read the newspaper article “Inte säkert fastighetsnära tidningsinsamling är bättre” (Not certain that curbside paper collection is preferable, only in Swedish) published on DN debate, December 3rd 2019 and a response to the debate article ”Pappersbranschen vägrar införa en bättre tidningsinsamling” (The paper industry refuses to introduce a better collection of newspapers, only in Swedish) published on DN debate December 2nd, 2019.

pdfSee preliminary results from the survey regarding residential household preferences for systems of recycling collection (only in Swedish).

pdfSee the survey design (only in Swedish).

“The loan trick won’t make the high-speed rail profitable”

“To leverage investments that only provide 25-40 öre on each invested krona is a betrayal to those carrying the cost in line for health care and commuter trains, retirement homes and a sound education, writes Professor Emeritus Per-Olov Johansson.” (only in Swedish)

Trash the electricity tax and raise the VAT

“There is no cause for taxing the usage of electricity for environmental reasons. Neither the fiscal cause is justified. If the motive for electricity tax is money to the treasury, it would be better with a tax of “wider” tax base, for instance the VAT. This from Runar Brännlund.”, published November 22. (only in Swedish)

CERE 10 years!

Ten years have passed since Professors Bengt Kriström and Runar Brännlund started a Centre bridging Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to study the economics of environmental and natural resource management. A number of activities are planned to celebrate during the fall and winter.

November 28th, 2019: The official 10 year celebration
Morning: open lectures by mainly young researchers.
13.30 and 16.30, talks by invited speakers. The session will be initiated by Professor Sofia Lundberg, Chairman of the Board of CERE, and Professor Bengt Kriström, SLU, one of the founders of CERE.

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10.00-12.00 Meet the young scientists of CERE

Balcony of the Library, Umeå University

Nudging and electricity conservation
Stina Kalén

Sweden taking care of UK´s waste, isn’t that just rubbish?
Sef Meens-Eriksson

Power to the people!
Mattias Vesterberg

The effects of wind on the electricity market
Xiao Hu


Lärarhuset, Ljusgården

CERE från 0 till 10 - har vi gjort skillnad? (CERE from 0 to 10 - did we make a difference?)

Professor Sofia Lundberg, USBE. Sofia is the Dean of Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University and chairman of the CERE board. Sofia’s research is mainly on issues regarding procurement. Lately, her research has been focused on green public procurement.

The zeitgeist - eller all vår början bliver svår (The zeitgeist – or all our beginnings will be difficult)
Professor emeritus Jan-Erik Hällgren, SLU. Jan-Erik was the Forest Faculty Dean when CERE was founded. Together with Göran Sandberg, the then Chancellor of Umeå University, Jan-Erik played a significant part when it came to facilitating the formation of CERE

Hur vi byggde CERE: från 0-10 (How we built CERE: from 0-10)
Professor Bengt Kriström, CERE and SLU. Bengt is a Professor in Natural Resource Economics at SLU and is one of the founders of CERE and its Research Director for the initial 9 years. Bengt has been and is, one of Sweden’s most influential and renowned environmental and resource economists. Apart from the research, he has been involved in numeral, important parliamentary investigations regarding environmental and natural resources. One example is the Environmental fee investigation that led to a taxation on sulfur and Sweden becoming the first country with a carbon tax.

CERE och framtida utmaningar (CERE and future challenges)
Professor Peter Högberg, SLU. Peter is a Professor of Forest Soils. Peter was the Forest Faculty Dean during the period 2013-2015. In 2015 Peter took over as Chancellor at SLU, a position he held until 2018.

CERE’s bidrag till MILJÖN (CERE’s contribution to the ENVIRONMENT)
Associate Professor Eva Samakovlis, Head of Analysis, Skatteverket. Eva has a PhD in Economics from Umeå University and is the former Head of the Environmental Economics unit at the National Institute of Economic Research. Eva became Associate Professor at Umeå University in 2007. Her research has foremost been focused on environmental policy instruments.

Break for fika

Skogen, transporterna och klimatet - hur ska politiken utformas? (The Forest, Transports and Climate - How Should the Policy's be Drawn?)

Skogens bidrag till hållbar utveckling - det krävs en helhetssyn (The forests contribution to sustainable development - a holistic view is necessary)
Mårten Larsson, Swedish Forest Industries. Mårten is part of the CERE advisory board. His main area is on issues surrounding bioeconomy, forest value added and the role of the forest in the climate.

Cap locally, trade globally
Dr. Jurate Jaraite, Vilnius university and CERE. Jurate was the first international recruit at CERE. She came to CERE in 2010 with a new PhD from the University College in Dublin. Jurate is since this summer emplyed as senior researcher at Vilnius University, Lituania, but still affiliated to CERE. Her research is mainly focused on policy instruments within energy and climate.

Hållbara transporter i forskning och politik (Sustainable transports in research and policy)
Ulf Perbo, Industry Director of roads, The Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises. Ulf is the former CEO of Bilsweden and former State Secretary at the Department of Housing. Ulf studied Economics at Umeå University and has been involved in issues regarding transport and the transport sectors climate impact for an extensive period.

Transportsektorns klimatmål och politiken för att ta oss dit (The climate goal of the Transport Sector and the policy to get there)
Associate Professor Svante Mandell, Head of the Environmental Economics unit at the National Institute of Economic Research. Svante has a background as a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, where he was foremost focused on welfare economics, issues regarding transport infrastructure, financial policy including climate policy.

The information will continuously be updated.

December 9-13, 2019: researchers Rolf Färe and Shawna Grosskopf (Oregon State)visits and gives a couple of lectures on shadow pricing the environment as part of the course "Production and the environment" at the Environmental economics master program.

December 12th, 2019: researcher Lammertjan Dam (Groningen U.) holds a seminari. Lammertjan is a long time friend of CERE and been in Umeå as a post doc in the fall of 2010 and visited on a number of occasions since. He will be present during the week.

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Previous events during the fall of 2019

September 18th, 2019 (2.45-4.00 pm) James Boyd visited CERE and had a sit down with high-school students at Minerva School in Umeå to talk about valuing ecosystem services.

September 19th, 2019 (1.15 pm) James Boyd held a seminar at the SLU library. Title: The Future of Ecosystem Services Analysis: Barriers, Progress, and Priorities. In cooperation with ECOS

jub logoOctober 4th, 2019 the new Honorary Doctor at SLU (nominated by the Department of Forest Economics and CERE), Professor Jason Shogren held a lecture in connection with the award ceremony in Uppsala.

October 7th, 2019 (2pm): Deputy Research Director Francisco X. Aguilar met up with Minerva students on campus.

October 8th, 2019 (1 PM): Jason Shogren gave a lecture at SLU Umeå library. 

October 23rd, 2019 (12.00): Francisco X. Aguilar gave a lecture in the Worth Knowing series (SLU Umeå): M&M: Can money and management reduce tropical forest degradation?

Coming events