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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.






Plenary Speaker at Fossil Free Sweden

Fossil free Sweden (Fossilfritt Sverige) is a very special organisation. An official government body as can be seen from the “.gov” address in the hyperlink above, but at the same time an almost activist organisation. Their mandate is to create alliances with industry (and other organisations) for a transformation to a fossil-free society. The room was full of enthusiastic representatives from Swedish industry as well as government and NGOs, media etc. We spoke of the gigantic investments needed in industries like not only power and transport but notably cement and steel where large scale collaboration is necessary between government and industry. These are transformations that are virtually impossible to achieve with carbon pricing alone but I reminded the audience that industrial policy must still always be complemented with a price on carbon – otherwise the savings in say the steel industry could be dissipated by leakage to new uses if the price of fossil fuels were allowed to drop.

My talk can be seen in the video below (in Swedish):

Sändning från Fossilfritt Sveriges höstworkshop del 1. 10.00 Välkommen på höstworkshop10.05 Klimatpolitik som funkar i praktiken – Thomas Sterner, professor i miljöekonomi, Göteborgs universitet10.35 Mandatperiodens viktigaste frågor – Åsa Pettersson, Scania, Johan Gerklev, Skanska, Per Ahl, Svemin11.05 Speeddating11.15 Fossilfria upphandlingar – Ulf Rosengren, Keolis, Samverkansgruppen för fossilfrihet i avtal och upphandlingar11.30 I väntan på en klimatminister- var finns blocköverskridande enighet? – Martin Ådahl (C), Maria Gardfjäll (MP), Johan Hultberg (M)

Publicerat av Fossilfritt Sverige Fredag 12 oktober 2018