No.11 February 2019 | Monthly Newsletter
SMIRES training course on Economics of Sustainable Water Management of Intermittent Rivers
The SMIRES training course on Economics of Sustainable Water Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams (IRES) took place on 4th-6th of February 2019. The course, coordinated by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, introduced the basic principles of resource economics related to IRES with focus on the Water Framework Directive and the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment. The topics covered included: Economic instruments for sustainable water management, market and non-market valuation techniques, uncertainty and risk implications for water management, political economy and participatory approaches to IRES management.
GCET20 – 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
GCET is the leading global forum on the principles and practice of environmental taxation and other market-based instruments for greening the economy and promoting the transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient societies. The 20th anniversary of GCET will be celebrated in the island of Cyprus, in the major coastal town Limassol. In line with the tradition of previous GCET conferences, a selection of the best contributions of GCET20 will be published in the prestigious book series “Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation” from Edward Elgar publishers.
The main theme for GCET20 is “Economic Policies for Low-Carbon Development”.
US Green New Deal – Prof. Barbier’s comments on the plan
In the last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. introduced a resolution in Congress calling for a “Green New Deal”. It calls for massive government spending over the next 10 years to shift the U.S. economy away from polluting industries, embrace green infrastructure and produce 100% of energy from renewables. In the process, the Green New Deal aims to create jobs and boost the economy. Prof. Edward Barbier was the author of the UNEP’s Global Green New Deal, a plan to lift the world economy out of the 2008-9 Great Recession, and was asked to comment on the broad outlines of the plan. For further details, see this post in Business Insider and Prof. Barbier’s article in Nature.
EIT Climate KIC – New Greece Hub
The European knowledge and innovation community EIT Climate KIC aims to create an inclusive, climate-resilient society with a circular, zero-carbon economy. These aims are shared and strongly supported by UN SDSN, which mobilises global scientific and technological expertise to promote sustainable development.SDSN Greece, co-chaired by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, embraces the newly established EIT Climate KIC Greece Hub, also coordinated by Prof. Koundouri. The Hub will be a focal point for organizations from across business and entrepreneurship, higher education and research & technology, supporting knowledge sharing and bringing solutions from the lab through to market.
EAERE Magazine – Issue n. 4
If you haven’t done so yet, download or read online the Issue n. 4 of EAERE quarterly magazine! This issue is mainly focused on the outcomes of the COP24 in Katowice, and more in general on the international agreements and their impacts on ecology, economy and technology. It features articles by Robert N. Stavins, Alessandro Tavoni, Bård Harstad, Elena Ojea and Eugenie Dugoua. Starting with an assessment of the outcomes of the COP24, we then hear what climate negotiators themselves think of the past climate conferences. The effectiveness of current international treaties is then assessed, followed by an insight on the effects of climate change on shifting fish stocks in the oceans. We conclude with an inspiring reflection on the technological progress in replacing ozone-depleting substances.
Call for Nominations: Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics
The Kempe Foundation, Umeå University, and EAERE invite you to nominate candidates for The Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics, year 2019. The prize will be awarded for the best paper in the field of environmental and resource economics published in a refereed journal in years 2017 or 2018. One of the paper’s authors must be affiliated with a European research institution. The Award amount is 100,000 SEK.
The EAERE President will convey the Erik Kempe Award year 2019 during the 24th EAERE Annual Conference – Manchester, 26-29 June 2019. To apply, send the paper’s complete reference to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Expressions of Interest & Proposals: 26thEAERE Annual Conference 2021 Local Organizing Committee & 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. Expressions of interest and full proposals should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com.
GGKP Expert Connect
Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies
On 26 February the Commission has announced an investment programme worth over €10 billion for low-carbon technologies in several sectors to boost their global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with a tangible impact on people’s lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.
Read the Press Release
Sustainable finance: the agreement on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks
On 25 February, political agreement was reached between the European Parliament and Member States on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks needed to help boost investment in sustainable projects and assets. This agreement creates two new categories of low-carbon benchmarks: a climate-transition benchmark and a specialised benchmark which brings investment portfolios in line with the Paris Agreement goal to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5˚above pre-industrial levels. The rules agreed will support the goals of the Capital Market Union (CMU) to connect finance with needs of the economy and the EU’s agenda for sustainable development.
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Clean mobility: Putting an end to polluting trucks
The Commission has welcomed the first-ever EU standards to reduce pollution from trucks. On 19 February, the European Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting strict CO2 emission standards for trucks, for the first time in the EU. The deal follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. Under the agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30% lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions.
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New IRENA Report “A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation”
A new report has been published by IRENA this month: “A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation”. The Report analyses the geopolitical implications of the global energy transformation driven by renewables. It is the culmination of ten months’ deliberations by the Commission as well as consultations with business leaders, academics and policy thinkers. It is informed by a number of background papers drafted by experts in the fields of energy, security and geopolitics.
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New World Bank Report “Fiscal Policies for Development and Climate Action”
This report provides actionable advice on how to design and implement fiscal policies for both development and climate action. Building on more than two decades of research in development and environmental economics, it argues that well-designed environmental tax reforms are especially valuable in developing countries, where they can reduce emissions, increase domestic revenues and generate positive welfare effects .
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EAERE supported events
15 Mar 2019, London, UK
envecon2019 – Applied Environmental Economics Conference
Deadline for registration: 11 March 2019
30 June – 6 July 2019, Venice, Italy
CD-LINKS Summer School on Integrated Assessment Models: A Tool for Science-Based Policy Making
Deadline for application: 1 March 2019
24-25 June 2019, Exeter, UK
LEEP Institute’s Meeting of International Excellence in Environmental and Resource Economics
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2019
25 June 2019, Manchester, UK
EAERE2019 Manchester Pre-Conference Workshop: Behavioural and Experimental Methods on Environmental and Development Policy
Deadline for registration: 29 April 2019
25-27 September 2019, Limassol, Cyprus
GCET20 – 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2019
Other upcoming events
17 March 2019, Yezreel Valley College, Israel
3EAT Conference – Economic aspects of Energy, Environment and Transport
1-3 April 2019, Curitiba, Brazil
2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research
21-24 May 2019, Marseille, France
2nd GREEN-Econ Spring School in Environmental Economics
31 May 2019, Faculty of Management Zajecar, Republic of Serbia
9th International Symposium on Natural Resources Management (ISNRM 2019)
18-19 June 2019, Toulouse, France
Twelfth Toulouse Conference on The Economics of Energy and Climate
28 June – 2 July 2019, San Francisco, California
AERE @ the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference
8-10 July 2019, APB Tutzing, on Lake Starnberg near Munich, Germany
11th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe
9-10 September 2019, Osnabrück, Germany
3rd Meeting of the Research Network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy (REECAP)
6-18 November 2019, Hyderabad, India
INSEE Tenth Biennial Conference
Post-Doc Position in the PEGASOS project
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 1 March 2019
Post-Doc position in Environmental and Resource Economics – apply here
PhD position in Environmental and Resource Economics – apply here
Group of Production and Resource Economics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany
Deadline for both positions: 10 March 2019
Established researcher (up to 15 years after PhD) to start a research center in Poland within Dioscuri scheme
(Funding provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Deadline: 20 March 2019
Postdoc fellowship in environmental economics
Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
Deadline: 9 April 2019
Postdoc position in agri-environmental contracts
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline: 10 May 2019
Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecological, Environmental and Resource Economics
The University of Freiburg
Deadline: applications screening begins 1 April 2019
Chief economist & senior lead country economist
World Resources Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Postdoc position in General Equilibrium Modelling and Climate Change Economics
Laboratory of Environmental and Urban Economics (LEURE), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland