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Ministry of Finance hosts workshop on Carbon Taxation

On October 3-4th, the Swedish Ministry of Finance hosted a workshop on carbon taxation with participants from a large number of finance ministries in countries that have, or are considering implementing a carbon tax. The workshop was held within the framework of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, a new coalition launched in April 2019 aimed at boosting collective action on climate change. The topic of the workshop was to address key questions that arise when considering carbon taxation, and to increase the understanding of how an efficient carbon tax can work in different national contexts. The workshop was inaugurated by Magdalena Andersson, Swedish Minister of Finance who emphasized that the time is ripe for this initiative and that this Swedish initiative has already led to participation in the coalition by more than thirty countries across the World. Find the Ministry of Finance’s press release here.

Thomas Sterner contributed with a lecture on the need for complementary policy measures to enhance the impact of carbon taxation. Thomas spoke of how carbon taxes can be efficient tools to reduce emissions, but for the tax to reach its full potential, policymakers need to consider the context in which the tax is implemented and to complement it with additional measures to improve the effectiveness and acceptance. In addition to creating a better understanding of how to design optimal carbon taxes, the workshop also presented an opportunity to spread the word about the initiative on carbon pricing in developing countries taken by Thomas and the EfD. Many of the participants from low and middle-income countries expressed an interest in the EfD’s work on carbon taxes, which will be one of the highlights at the EfD’s annual meeting in Bogotá in November.

New Talk on Nuclear Power

Thomas Sterner recently held a talk on the role of nuclear power in the transition to a fossil free society and participated in a panel debate on the subject at Studieförbundet Näringsliv och Samhälle, Stockholm. See video below (Swedish only). Sterner also followed up the debate with an opinion piece in the daily newspaper Göteborgs Posten.


“Earth Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. It shares the mix of success and failure so characteristic of the environment movement. It attracts great attention, helps educate and channel popular interest but we must admit: not enough is being done. Many large scale environmental issues are not only unresolved but deteriorating. This year’s theme “Protecting Our Species” is no exception: the problem is getting much media attention but we are in fact in the midst of the World’s Sixth mass extinction. We are taking the liberty of renaming the theme “Save our Species” (SOS). “

New blog post in Nature Research Blog by Alexandre Antonelli and Thomas Sterner is now posted. Find the full post here.

Policy design for the Anthropocene

It all started with a workshop here in Gothenburg. Now we have a published article in Nature Sustainability. The article is featured on the cover and it can be found here. Monica Contestabile has written an excellent editorial on the subject and Thomas Sterner has written a “behind the paper” blog post. The School of Business, Economics and Law’s press release can be found here.

Picture from the workshop 2016-12-08.

Some other media coverage on the article includes:

”Forskare: Det här är bästa skatten för miljön”. Interview of Thomas sterner by Jesper Vighagen for SVT Nyheter. 2019-01-17.

”New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat” in Sience Daily. 2019-01-11.

”Styrmedel för en hållbar värld” by Kerstin Lundell in Miljö & Utveckling. 2019-01-18.

”Miljöproblem måste analyseras tillsammans” by Karin Montgomery in EXTRAKT. 2019-01-14.

”Forskare: Så får vi bättre miljöpolitiska lösningar” in Syre. 2019-01-25.

EFD blog post by Gernot Wagner. 2019-05-11.

“Planetary Boundaries and the Anthropocene” by Thomas Sterner and Gernot Wagner in Resources for the Future Magazine. 2019-05-16.

Vacancy: Post-doc in Environmental Economics

We are currently looking for a post-doc to the Environmental Economics Unit at the University of Gothenburg within the project “Restoration of contaminated areas after a nuclear accident:  societal problems and how best combinations of long-term  measures can be chosen to protect residents from radiation”. The add can be found here.