EAERE Highlights

No.8 October 2018 | Monthly Newsletter


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EAERE Magazine


Welcome to Issue n.3 Fall 2018 of EAERE Magazine! This issue focuses mainly on climate change policy. It features articles by Pauli Lappi, Reyer Gerlagh and Roweno Heijmans, Simon Dietz, Cameron Hepburn and Alexander Pfeiffer, and, last but not least, an interview with Yvo de Boer.


We start with an article by Pauli Lappi who describes that the use of coal and oil also have local impacts on the environment and landscape and how policy must be designed to ensure proper rehabilitation of the extraction site in the end. Reyer Gerlagh and Roweno Heijmans write about the new rules of the European Emission Trading
Scheme and how they can help to improve efficiency. Simon Dietz, the first winner of the European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty, asks whether the increased ambition in the Paris Agreement in the form of the 1.5°C target could survive a cost-benefit test. Following this test, Cameron Hepburn and Alexander Pfeiffer describe, very clearly, where we are with respect to the Paris targets and what the remaining options are if we are serious about the targets. Finally, Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and this year’s winner of the European Practitioner Achievement Award in Applying Environmental Economics, provides his personal insights on what has been achieved so far, what can be expected for the future, and what environmental economists could do to have a stronger influence on policy.


Call for Nominations: European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty


The European Award for Researchers in Environmental Economics under the Age of Forty is a recognition given every year to the young environmental economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to environmental economic thought and knowledge. If there is a significant body of joint work, the prize may be awarded jointly to two recipients provided that both recipients are under the age of forty.


The winner of the 2019 Award Edition will be announced by the Association's President during the 24th EAERE Annual Conference - Manchester, 26-29 June 2019.


The prize is honorary and materially consists of Springer books vouchers to the value of EUR 1.000. 

EAERE members are invited and encouraged to send nominations by November 30th, 2018. Nominations can be sent by filling in the online nomination form or also by simply sending an email to eaere@eaere.org stating your nominee and possibly also the case supporting your nominee. Nominations are meant as suggestions to the Nominating Committee and are not binding. Nominating Committee members can send nominations themselves. Self-nominations are accepted.

The 2019 Nominating Committee includes Christian Gollier (Chair), Carmen Arguedas, and Maria Loureiro. 


Call for Expressions of Interest and Proposals: 26th EAERE Annual Conference - June 2021 Local Organizing Committee and Conference Venue


The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists solicits proposals for the Local Organizing Committee and for the Conference Venue for its 26th Annual Conference, tentatively to be held in late June 2021.


Universities, research organisations, or groups of organizations, that intend to propose their candidature for the Local Organizing Committee and Venue are kindly requested to submit their expressions of interest by 15 February 2019 and their full proposals by 1 May 2019.


Expressions of interest consist of a formal letter stating that the candidate will assume all of the administrative, organisational and financial responsibilities listed in the “Guidelines for Expressions of Interest and Proposals”.


Full proposals consist of: (1) a presentation of the candidate including the candidate’s relevant experience in organizing and hosting conferences; (2) a preliminary conference budget; and (3) a presentation of the Conference venue. Full proposals may be accompanied by any other documentation that the candidates judge useful for the evaluation process. EAERE may ask candidates to present additional documents at a later date.


Expressions of interest and full proposals should be sent by e-mail to eaere@eaere.org. Any material that cannot be sent electronically should reach EAERE by mail by the relevant deadline.


Selections will be made by the EAERE Council. In case more than one proposal is judged noteworthy and meritorious, the candidates that will not be entrusted with the organisation of EAERE/2021 may be invited to organize the Association’s Annual Conference of the subsequent year (EAERE/2023). Therefore, candidates are requested to inform about their availability to organize the subsequent year’s Annual Conference in their proposals. 


Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (a) location (including consideration of travel cost and time for participants, amenities, on-site transportation, etc.); (b) accommodation (cost, quality, capacity); (c) facilities (quality of plenary rooms, quality and number of meeting rooms, equipment, meals, social program, etc.); (d) communications plan (evaluation of the plan for advertising the congress, registrations, availability of papers, etc.); (e) administration (budget, qualifications of Local Organizing Committee and local supporting agencies); and (f) funding (grants for students, grants for participants from Eastern European and developing countries, other sponsorships).


A final decision is expected to be taken by June 2019.

Minutes of the General Assembly of MembersThe EAERE Annual General Assembly of Members met in Gothenburg, Sweden on 27 June 2018. Read the  minutes.

#MeetTopEnvEcon – Lucas Bretschger


Read an interview with EAERE's Past President Lucas Bretschger, Professor of Economics at ETH Zurich, where he discusses his career in environmental economics with Ingmar Schumacher, Professor in Environmental Economics at the IPAG Business School, Paris.


Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to Professor William D. Nordhaus of Yale University “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Professor Paul M. Romer of the NYU Stern School of Business “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis”.


On behalf of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economist that I have the honour to chair, I would like to congratulate Professor Nordhaus and Professor Romer. This award is an extraordinary personal achievement. At the same time it is a recognition of the important role played by environmental economics in the design of a sustainable global economic growth. It is a strong incentive to all those environmental economists to continue their work with strengthened passion.


Both researchers have broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge, and their findings have brought us closer to answering the question of how to achieve sustained and sustainable global economic growth. Romer is best known for his work laying the foundation for the endogenous growth theory, while Nordhaus was the first person to create an integrated assessment model.


My warmest congratulations goes in particular to Professor Nordhaus, with whom I had the privilege to have many inspiring discussions in different fora on research topics of common interest. This is indeed a well-deserved acknowledgment of pioneering research that has laid the groundwork for a new research field.


Professor Carlo Carraro
President, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists


To find out more about the winners and their work on integrating innovation and climate with economic growth, read the Press release: The Prize in Economic Sciences 2018.


GGKP Expert Connect


As a Green Growth Knowledge Platform member, EAERE has been asked to contribute to the GGKP Expert Connect service. The Expert Connect service allows developing country governments and institutions that support these governments to engage directly with global experts who have agreed to provide up to 20 hours a year of pro bono advice.


Please let us know if you are interested in participating as an expert in Expert Connect by sending an email to eaere@eaere.org.


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Policy News

New Bioeconomy Strategy. The European Commission has set a new Bioeconomy Strategy focused on three key aspects: developing new technologies and processes for the bioeconomy, developing markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy sectors, and pushing policymakers and stakeholders to work more closely together. The Strategy is part of the Commission’s effort to boost jobs, growth, and investment in the EU. It aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources to address global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development. Check out the new Bioeconomy Strategy, Factsheet, Booklet, Infographic, and Video.

The IPCC Special Report of Global Warming of 1.5°C. The IPCC released a new report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C
an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Read the report.

Dutch court rules that the government must help stop climate change. An appeals court in The Hague has upheld a historic legal order on the Dutch government to accelerate carbon emissions cuts. The judgement forces the Dutch government to step up its efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in the Netherlands. Read the news.

Finland is well on its way to ban coal in energy production by 2029. On October 18, the Finnish government presented a proposal to ban coal by 2029, which will in all likelihood be approved as a law early next year. Finland also plans to increase its biofuel mandate to 30% by 2030. Read the news.

What does the UK need to do to make a realistic attempt at ‘net-zero’? "As the first ever ‘Green Great Britain’ week is launched, the Government is now seeking advice from the Committee on Climate Change on how the UK can achieve ‘net-zero’ greenhouse gas emissions from across the economy. This means a balance between the emission of greenhouse gases and their removal from the atmosphere, achieved through either natural processes or removal technologies. But why is net-zero on the table and what would it take to achieve it?" Continue reading the LSE commentary



EAERE supported events


26-27 November 2018, Florence Italy
FSR Climate Annual Conference 2018


27 January – 1 February 2019, Ascona, Switzerland

EAERE-ETH Winter School in Resource and Environmental Economics


7-8 February 2019, Udine Italy

7th IAERE Annual Conference

Deadline for paper submission: 15 November 2018


15 Mar 2019, London, UK

envecon2019 - Applied Environmental Economics Conference

Deadline for submission of papers: 17 December 2018 


30 June - 6 July 2019, Venice, Italy
CD-LINKS Summer School on Integrated Assessment Models: A Tool for Science-Based Policy Making

Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019


25-27 September 2019, Limassol, Cyprus

GCET20 – 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2019


Other upcoming events


Job Market

Post-Doctoral Position - political economy of climate change mitigation policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, Germany

Deadline: 15 November 2018


Postdoc - Socioeconomic Dimension of Forest Fires

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Deadline: 20 November 2018


Several junior & senior research positions on Integrated Assessment Modeling or The low carbon economy

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE), Milan, Italy

Deadline: open


Experienced researcher in ecological economics applied to sustainable finance and circular economy (M/F)

Environmental Sustainability Assessment and Circularity (SUSTAIN) Unit of the Environmental Research and Innovation department (ERIN) of Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg

Deadline: open


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