FEEM's e-journal the "Review of Environment, Energy and Economics" is a tool for the dissemination of the work and research-based policy analysis of FEEM researchers and leading international scholars, covering the areas of environmental and energy economics and policy, and offering new insights into the challenges ahead.

HIGHLIGHTS
IPCC 5th Assessment Report - WG3
Projecting Coastal Flood Damages
IPCC 5th Assessment Report - WG2
Urban Areas and Watershed Services
The Future of Iran's Gas Market
Delays in Procurement Contracts
ARTICLES
 
Apr
18
2014
 
All You Need to Know About the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. Mitigation of Climate Change
Carlo Carraro, Alessandro Lanza and Massimo Tavoni
Environment - Interviews
 

In this new video, Italian Lead Authors Carlo Carraro, Alessandro Lanza and Massimo Tavoni summarise the main issues tackled by the third volume of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, dedicated to the mitigation of climate change.

Apr
11
2014
 
Projecting Future Insured Coastal Flooding Damages with Climate Change
by David C. Major, Daniel Bader, Robin Leichenko, Katie Johnson and Megan Linkin
Environment - Articles
 

Estimates of future damages from climate change in coastal areas are of growing interest for climate change research and policy-making.  The article describes a newly-developed methodology applied to estimate total insured coastal damages with climate change for the period 2025-2085 in New York State, USA.

Apr
03
2014
 
All You Need to Know about the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Francesco Bosello, Sergio Castellari , Jonathan Lynn and Riccardo Valentini
Environment - Interviews
 

Italian authors of the IPCC Report Francesco Bosello, Sergio Castellari and Riccardo Valentini explain the main issues tackled by the second volume of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, dedicated to climate change impacts. The video is introduced by Jonathan Lynn Head of Communications and Media Relations at IPCC.

Mar
27
2014
 
Urban Areas and Watershed Services: Strategies for Ecosystem Management and Urban Risk Reduction
by Yaella Depietri, Lorenzo Guadagno and Margaretha Breil
Environment - Articles
 

Under scenarios of increasing urban expansion, environmental degradation and hazard exposure, the vulnerability of urban populations needs to be tackled through novel, integrated solutions. The article suggests that urban areas would benefit from a shift in perspective recognizing the connections between urban areas and watersheds.

Mar
20
2014
 
The Future of Iran's Gas Market after the (potential) Nuclear Deal
by Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

This article summarizes the key results of a study aimed at analyzing Iran’s natural gas market outlook in the aftermath of a potential nuclear deal, looking at potential production trends and export options, but also at the political and commercial barriers that such a development will likely have to face.

Mar
13
2014
 
Time Overruns in Public Procurement and Concession Contracts: penalty fee and option value to delay
by Chiara D'Alpaos and Sergio Vergalli
Economics - Articles
 

Evidence from procurement and concession contracts shows that time overruns are widespread. This article summarizes two studies that investigate causes of time overruns in public procurement and concession contracts and determine the trade-off between the supplier’s option value to delay and the penalty fee to be paid for the delay.

Mar
06
2014
 
The Uneven Impacts of Climate Change
Robert O. Mendelsohn
Environment - Interviews
 

Interviewed by Re3, Professor Robert O. Mendelsohn, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, discusses the effects of climate change on sectors such as Agriculture, Heating & Cooling, Sea Level Rise and the Water Cycle.

Feb
27
2014
 
Educational Expenditure and Remittances: Is there a Link?
by Cristina Cattaneo
Economics - Articles
 

Are transfers from members living abroad a stimulus to a key sector such as schooling in Albania? The article summarizes the results of a study investigating which factors boost the household expenditure in education, with a special emphasis on the remittances sent to Albanian families from migrants living abroad.

Feb
20
2014
 
Money Creation: The Role of Trust for Public Happiness and Sustainable Growth
by Nicola Genovese and Maria Grazia La Spada
Economics - Articles
 

The article discusses the creation of money in primitive populations at the beginning of economic activity, within a social environment where interpersonal trust, reciprocity and moral principles were prevalent. The analysis highlights the need to create a social environment based on these values for obtaining public happiness and sustainable development.

Feb
07
2014
 
Behavioral Economics for Environmental Decisions
Rachel T.A.Croson
Economics - Interviews
 

Rachel Croson's talk at EAERE 2013 discussed the origins and current state of this behavioral policy research, and highlighted open questions and opportunities for new explorations. In this short video-interview granted to Re3, she gives a summary overview of this relatively new field of study for neophites.

Jan
30
2014
 
Trends and Challenges for Environmental-Ecologic Indicators and Assessments
by Francesco Bosello and Lorenza Campagnolo
Environment - Articles
 

What is the state of the art of environmental indicators? What are the drawbacks of past approaches, the strengths of new methodologies and challenges ahead? This article is an overview of the final conference of the Environmental Indicators Workshop (December 2013) within the EU-FP7 project e-Frame, European Framework for Measuring Progress.

Jan
23
2014
 
Benefits and Related Threats of Coral Reef Ecosystem Services
by Sabah Abdullah
Environment - Articles
 

Users, stakeholders and decision makers need to reconsider their strategies, roles and perceptions in meeting the challenges confronted by diverse marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs.  Moreover, what is urgently needed in benefit estimation of coral reef services is the interconnectedness of this ecosystem state to human welfare.

Jan
16
2014
 
Turkey as a Regional Natural Gas Hub: Myth or Reality?
by Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

This article presents the key results of a field study carried out in Istanbul by FEEM researcher Simone Tagliapietra with the aim of exploring Turkey’s potential to become a regional gas hub by analyzing the future prospects of the Southern Gas Corridor and of the potential Eastern Mediterranean Gas Corridor.

Jan
09
2014
 
Nuclear Expansion or Phase-Out? Costs and Opportunities
by Enrica De Cian, Samuel Carrara and Massimo Tavoni
Energy - Articles
 

After the Fukushima incident in 2011, many countries decided to revise their nuclear power programmes. Phasing out nuclear power would be costly, but the article shows that these costs would be largely offset by the implicit subsidy to R&D in renewables, which suffer from innovation externalities.

Dec
19
2013
 
Rethinking Global Natural Gas Markets: New Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Book Reviews
 

In their volume "The Globalization of Natural Gas Markets: New Challenges and Opportunities for Europe", Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra provide a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities of the global gas industry, with the aim to provide a clear snapshot of a market characterized by growing uncertainty and volatility.

Dec
12
2013
 
The Extraordinary Evolution of the Global Gas Industry
Jacqueline Bucher, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Jacques de Jong, Arild Moe, Michele Polo and John Roberts
Energy - Interviews
 

In short interviews granted during the recent FEEM Gas Talks held in Milan on November 5-6, 2013, leading energy experts debate on European gas demand and supply and on the future of gas pricing and European gas governance, shedding  light on a market characterized by growing uncertainty and volatility.

Dec
05
2013
 
Towards a Sustainable University – The Ca’ Foscari Experience
by Chiara Mio
Economics - Book Reviews
 

The path towards sustainability needs a deep cultural change, starting with the education of responsible citizens. In her recent book “Towards a Sustainable University” Chiara Mio describes a strategic and organizational sustainability approach in the context of universities, both from an academic literature perspective and from a real case example.

Nov
29
2013
 
What Happened at COP 19?
Steffen Kalbekken, Sara Venturini, Mariagrazia Midulla and Federico Antognazza
Environment - Interviews
 

The last COP19/CMP9 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Warsaw, Poland on 11-22 November 2013. Re3 publishes a 4-minute interview with key experts to understand the goals and main results of the meeting.

Nov
21
2013
 
Efficiency and Acceptability of Climate Policies: Race Against the Lock-ins
Julie Rozenberg, Adrien Vogt-Schilb and Stephane Hallegatte
Environment - Articles
 

Capital-based policies are more politically acceptable than a carbon price as they do not create immediate losers. However, they reduce emissions slower and need to be implemented sooner. Delaying their implementation may create a political-economy lock-in (easier-to-implement policies become unavailable) and an economic lock-in (the target becomes more expensive).

Nov
14
2013
 
The Latest Insights on Green Growth Measurement
Carlo Carraro, Fabio Eboli, Marianne Fay, Paul Schreyer and Michaela Saisana
Environment - Interviews
 

The "Methodologies and Indicators for Green Growth measurement" conference of November 12, 2013 assessed the state of the art in quantitative measurement of sustainability, and presented the updated findings of the FEEM SI Index 2013. Re3 hosts the interviews with the keynote speakers, their presentations and the video of the event.

Nov
07
2013
 
When Collaboration becomes Value Creation. A New Relationship between Companies and Citizens
by Ilaria Pais
Economics - Articles
 

The article focuses on the rise of a model of citizenship based on responsibility and awareness of emerging challenges. Citizens and firms become partners of a commitment aimed to generate a positive impact on society, and to transform the model of Business Sustainability into an innovative and modern paradigm.

Oct
31
2013
 
FEEM Sustainability Index 2013
by Fabio Eboli
Environment - Articles
 

After the Rio+20 UN Conference in 2012, the debate on sustainable development has focused on monitoring the progress in wellbeing, paving the way for the transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. Re3 hosts the most updated findings of FEEM’s Sustainability Index disclosed officially on November 12 2013.

Oct
25
2013
 
Urban Risks and Climate Change
Anthony Bigio
Environment - Interviews
 

One year after Sandy hit New York, Anthony Bigio, George Washington University and IPCC Lead Author Working Group III, focuses on the key concepts of urban risks, climate change and resilience. Re3 publishes a synthesis of his keynote address delivered at the 2013 FEEM and CMCC convention.

Oct
17
2013
 
Including non-CO2 Emissions in the European ETS
by Carlo Orecchia and Ramiro Parrado
Environment - Articles
 

What is the role of non-CO2 emissions in climate change mitigation efforts? This article aims at a quantitative assessment of the extension of the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) to allow for the exchange of permits for non-CO2 greenhouse gases emissions and at evaluating its impact on policy costs and the composition of output.

Oct
10
2013
 
Environmental Effects of Residential Consumption Behaviours in the Czech Republic
by Milan Scasny
Environment - Book Reviews
 

How are different consumption activities structured within the Czech society, and what effects do they have on the environment? This new volume by Milan Scasny, Jan Urban and Iva Zverinova proposes examples of policy measures and tools aimed at reducing the adverse environmental effects of residential consumption behaviours.

Oct
03
2013
 
Financing the European Energy Infrastructure of the Future
by Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

The European energy infrastructure is ageing and, in its current state, is not suited to match future demand for energy, to ensure security of supply or to support large-scale deployment of energy from renewable sources. This article explores innovative tools to promote private sector financing of energy infrastructure projects.

Sep
27
2013
 
Climate change: everything you need to know about the IPCC 5th Assessment Report
Carlo Carraro, Carlo Barbante, Paolo Ruti, Antonio Navarra
Environment - Interviews
 

The publication of the Fifth Assessment Report  of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  marks a key event in the international debate on climate change. The Summary for Policymakers in the first part of the Report (Working Group I contribution), focused on the physical science basis of climate change, has been released today, Sept. 27 2013.

Sep
19
2013
 
FEEM Award 2013. The Winners Are...
Jonathan Colmer, Michele Piffer and Rosen Valchev
Economics - Interviews
 

Re3 is pleased to publish the interviews with the winners of the FEEM Award conferred during the 2013 European Economic Association Congress at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Jonathan Colmer and Michele Piffer, London School of Economics, and Rosen Valchev, Duke University, with links to the papers and motivations for the prize.

Sep
12
2013
 
Projecting Future Coastal Flooding Damages with Climate Change
by David C. Major, Robin Leichenko, Katie Johnson and Megan Linkin
Environment - Articles
 

The article describes a method for projecting coastal zone flood damage with climate change. The method links current flood damage estimates from climate impacts with changes in parameters from climate scenarios to produce estimates of future damages from climate change.

Sep
05
2013
 
Economic Growth and Risk Taking: Is it Rational to Suffer from Increasing Disaster Losses?
by Stéphane Hallegatte
Environment - Articles
 

Every year natural disasters affect the lives of people in both rich and poor countries. This article investigates the link between development, economic growth, and the economic losses from natural hazards, underlining the need for crisis management and post-disaster support schemes, especially at an international level, to increase resilience.

Jul
25
2013
 
Highlights from the 2013 International Energy Workshop
Carlo Carraro, Jos Delbeke, David Hobbs, Jiang Kejun, Leena Srivastava and Jorge Vasconcelos
Energy - Interviews
 

The 2013 edition of the International Energy Workshop was held in Paris on June 19–21. In their interviews to Re3, keynote speakers Carlo Carraro, Jos Delbeke, David Hobbs, Jiang Kejun, Leena Srivastava and Jorge Vasconcelos discuss the challenges related to the intertwined issues of energy, climate and economic growth.

Jul
18
2013
 
Competition for Access to Natural Resources. Are Collaborative Solutions Possible?
by Daniele Benintendi and Philip Andrews-Speed
Economics - Articles
 

Concern over access to resources is high in EU political consciousness, given recent political instability and resource nationalism in resource-rich nations. The article offers an overview of the EU project POLINARES, aimed at identifying the challenges related to competition for access to resources, and at proposing approaches to collaborative solutions.

Jul
11
2013
 
Turning the Tide against Inaction: Partial Climate Agreements with Open Entry
by Fabio Sferra and Massimo Tavoni
Environment - Articles
 

Given the stalemate of international climate change negotiations, a partial agreement, with only a subset of countries ratifying a treaty, is evaluated. The results indicate that a partial agreement with open membership is able to engage the major developing economies in mitigation actions and to relieve welfare losses of the signatory regions. 

Jul
04
2013
 
Deforestation and Government Conservation Policies
by Luca Di Corato, Michele Moretto and Sergio Vergalli
Environment - Articles
 

As the human population grows, natural habitats are exposed to conversion. While clearing land to develop it may lead to the reduction of environmental services, conserving it has an opportunity cost in terms of foregone profits from economic activities. This article investigates land conversion by studying conversion dynamics under different policy scenarios.

Jun
20
2013
 
Oil Price Forecasts and Trends: Interviews with the Experts
Bahattin Buyuksahin, Leo Drollas, John Elder, Wincenty Kaminski, Charles F. Mason and James Smith
Energy - Interviews
 

Following the International Conference on “Oil Price Forecasts and Trends” organized by FEEM on May 23-24, 2013, Re3 interviews energy experts Bahattin Buyuksahin, Leo Drollas, John Elder, Wincenty Kaminski, Charles F. Mason and James Smith on the key issues of oil price forecasts and international energy markets.

Jun
13
2013
 
Droughts in Northern Italy: Taken by Surprise, Again
by Lorenzo Carrera, Jaroslav Mysiak and Jacopo Crimi
Environment - Articles
 

Can drought-induced threats be turned into adaptation opportunities? This article analyses the unexpected vulnerabilities revealed by a long-lasting period of drought events across the Po river basin district in Italy from 2003 to 2012, and proposes four policy options to reduce the water scarcity and drought risk at river district basin level.

Jun
06
2013
 
Breaking Up Water Monopolies: Costs and Benefits
by Alexandros Maziotis
Economics - Articles
 

This article looks at vertical and horizontal integration in the English and Welsh water industries, estimating the costs and benefits of breaking up monopolies. The results of the analysis suggest that there is no real reason why water and sewage industries should be integrated.

May
30
2013
 
The Globalisation of Natural Gas Markets: New Challenges and Opportunities for Europe
Ralf Dickel, Domenico Dispenza, Ahmet Evin, Øystein Noreng, Keun Wook Paik and Howard Rogers
Energy - Interviews
 

The European gas industry has experienced an extraordinary success over the last decades. Gas experts from the academia, international organizations and the industry discuss mid- to long-term challenges and opportunities for European gas markets in order to shed light on a market characterized by growing uncertainty and volatility.

May
23
2013
 
The "Invisible Role" of Business Groups is made Evident
by Armando Rungi
Economics - Articles
 

BGs are clusters of legally autonomous firms within and across national borders. They represent a lion's share of value added generation in developing and developed economies, yet they are poorly investigated. The article shows how BGs adapt their organization to various institutional environments and how various organization strategies affect performance.

May
16
2013
 
What a Political Philosopher Has to Say About Climate Change
by Furio Cerutti
Environment - Articles
 

Philosophical literature on climate change explains how to redress climate injustice between generations, but it says little on why we should do so. In this article Furio Cerutti, political philosopher and professor emeritus at the University of Florence, analyses what motivations human beings and state institutions may have for worrying about climate change.

May
09
2013
 
Global Warming in the Arctic
by Peter Wadhams
Environment - Interviews
 

Human-induced temperature increase is amplified in the Arctic, as well as its effects on the ice cover. With the aid of an Arctic "death spiral”, Prof. Peter Wadhams, oceanographer and glaciologist at Cambridge University, discusses scientific evidence and his personal experience of changes in the Arctic in the last decades.

May
02
2013
 
Smoking and Social Interaction
by Sergio Currarini, Elena Fumagalli and Fabrizio Panebianco
Economics - Articles
 

Smoking, like many health-related behaviors, has "social" aspects. This article discusses how accounting for the external effects of smoking (second-hand smoke) and concern for the health of relatives and friends can shed light on recent trends in smoking behavior and possibly suggest anti-smoking policies in view of the intrinsic network effects.

Apr
23
2013
 
Would Universal Energy Access Boost Climate Change?
by Shoibal Chakravarty and Massimo Tavoni
Energy - Articles
 

Would universal access to modern sources of energy like electricity and clean cooking fuels significantly increase CO2 emissions? This article briefly describes a methodology for the formal assessment of this issue by means of a model of current and future energy consumption.

Apr
17
2013
 
Is Geoengineering a Viable Option for Dealing with Climate Change?
by Johannes Emmerling and Massimo Tavoni
Environment - Articles
 

Climate geoengineering, i.e. the deliberate reduction of incoming solar radiation, is receiving increased interest as an alternative or complementary climate strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But can it justify a delay in the abatement effort from an economic point of view, even under optimistic assumptions?

Apr
09
2013
 
No Facts without Values
Ottmar Edenhofer
Environment - Interviews
 

Climate change is still not widely recognized as a burning issue. Despite illusions, climate skepticism is not dead yet but only evolving, shaped in different forms, each with different underlying reasons and meanings. Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of IPCC Working Group III, identifies five types of climate skepticisms and one possible pathway to tackle them.

Apr
04
2013
 
International Green Growth Forum - the EU Approach to Green Economy within the International Framework
by Paolo Soprano
Economics - Articles
 

As the world's population and energy consumption increase, more and more natural resources are needed to keep up with its pace of growth. This article describes what international institutions and the EU are doing to pursue an economic growth paradigm that is friendly to the earth’s ecosystem and that can at the same time contribute to poverty alleviation.

Apr
04
2013
 
International Green Growth Forum - the Sino-Italian Cooperation Program for Environmental Protection
by Fang Shouen
Economics - Articles
 

In recent years green growth has become a focal point of cooperation between Italy and China, and in the year 2000 the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea launched the Sino-Italian Cooperation Program for Environmental Protection with some Chinese institutions and universities. This article describes its achievements and future objectives.

Apr
04
2013
 
International Green Growth Forum - the Role of Financial Institutions in Promoting a Green Economy: China Development Bank
by Hu Bin
Economics - Articles
 

At a time when the world is recovering from the financial crisis and begins to explore new approaches to sustainable development, this article presents China’s sustainable development policy and discusses how financial institutions, and the China Development Bank in particular, can help promote a green economy.

Mar
28
2013
 
The Rise of East Africa in the New Global Energy Landscape
By Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

The geographical distribution of African natural gas resources is going through a period of profound change as new gas discoveries in East Africa emerge to reshape the continent's energy landscape. Two countries have already emerged as key-players of this new African natural gas renaissance: Mozambique and Tanzania.  

Mar
21
2013
 
Toward Economic Activities Benchmarking: A Study of the Bolzano Province
by Silvia Battaiotto and Manfredi Vale
Economics - Articles
 

This article analyses the economic system of the Bolzano Province in Italy’s Alto Adige region to understand its relationships with the ecosphere. A model based on Economic Input–Output, combined with Life Cycle Assessment, is used to assess the impacts related to air emissions, energy consumption and waste generation by economic activities.

Mar
14
2013
 
IAERE: Italian Association of Environment and Resource Economists. A New Initiative and its First Annual Conference.
by Marzio Galeotti
Environment - Articles
 

The first conference of the newly-born Italian Association of Environment and Resource Economists (IAERE) took place in Ferrara last February 8-9, 2013. Professor Marzio Galeotti, Chairman of the Association, describes its main goals and gives a brief overview of the event. 

Mar
07
2013
 
Environmental Fiscal Reform
Anil Markandya
Economics - Interviews
 

Anil Markandya, Scientific director of the Basque Center for Climate Change, discusses environmental fiscal reform and provides a short overview of his work on some of the main concerns with this reform,  such as its effects on competitiveness and feasibility.

Feb
28
2013
 
The Relationships between Oil and Autocracy: Beyond the First Law of Petropolitics
Daniele Atzori
Economics - Articles
 

Is there a causal relationship between oil prices and autocracy? This article argues the importance of going beyond deterministic formulations to investigate this relationship, and to use the analytical tools provided by the Rentier State Theory to gain a better understanding of the Arab uprisings and their aftermath.

Feb
19
2013
 
Towards a New Eastern Mediterranean Energy Corridor?
by Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

How is the Eastern Mediterranean energy landscape changing? This article provides an overview on new regional developments and proposes a critical discussion of the market opportunities and geopolitical risks related to the potential emergence of a new Eastern Mediterranean Energy Corridor.

Feb
12
2013
 
Climate Agenda in Africa
Raffaello Cervigni
Economics - Interviews
 

"We can no longer use the climate of the past as a guide to design the investments of the future" states Raffaello Cervigini, Lead Economist at The World Bank in this interview granted to Re3. Extreme events are becoming increasingly frequent particularly in Sub Saharan Africa, and it is of utmost importance to raise the quality and effectiveness of investments in key sectors such as agriculture, transport and urban development, in order to ensure their resilience to a changing climate.

Feb
07
2013
 
Climate Policy Decisions Under Ambiguity and Pressure of Time
by Yu-Fu Chen, Michael Funke and Nicole Glanemann
Environment - Articles
 

Greenhouse gas emissions and their implications for future climate conditions will be shaped by mitigation decisions based on climate projections involving uncertainty. This article investigates the optimal timing of climate policy adoption by focusing on ambiguity in climate damage cost assessments and on the limited time to achieve climate policy targets.

Jan
31
2013
 
China’s Quest for Energy Security: Why Are the Stakes So High?
by ZhongXiang Zhang
Energy - Articles
 

China’s global quest for resources – in particular, oil and natural gas - has received unprecedented worldwide attention. But are the stakes raised unnecessarily high? In this article ZhongXiang Zhang, Distinguished Professor and Chair at Fudan University, China seeks to clarify these points.

Jan
24
2013
 
Renewables in Germany
Andreas Löschel
Energy - Interviews
 

Is the German example able to show the path for the decarbonisation of Europe? Andreas Löschel from ZEW starts from analysing the current German renewables energy market, giving some prospects on its likely future development, to then broaden the picture on Europe's desire for decarbonisation.

Jan
17
2013
 
Do Social Incentives Matter? Evidence from an Online Real Effort Experiment
by Mirco Tonin and Michael Vlassopoulos
Economics - Articles
 

Money matters, but is that all? This article presents evidence that social incentives can boost productivity in sectors that rely on pro-social behaviour such as health, education, and social care. It argues that this may help explain the growing popularity of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes within firms.

Jan
10
2013
 
The Entry-Deterring Effects of Environmental Policy
by Ana Espinola-Arredondo and Felix Munoz-Garcia
Environment - Articles
 

This article investigates the signaling role of environmental policy in promoting, or hindering, the ability of a monopolist to practice entry deterrence, showing  that environmental policy can facilitate the incumbent firm’s concealment of information from potential entrants.

Dec
21
2012
 
The EU and Kyoto Protocol: Achievements and Future Challenges
by Fabio Eboli and Marinella Davide
Environment - Articles
 

This article by FEEM researchers Fabio Eboli and Marinella Davide assesses the European Union's positive performance in achieving its own Kyoto Protocol target, unlike the other Annex I countries. The analysis highlights a quite heterogeneous situation across Member States. Nevertheless, the last COP shows that EU is willing to lead future climate change strategy.

Dec
13
2012
 
The Doha Climate Gateway: a First Key-Point Assessment
by Marinella Davide
Environment - Articles
 

After thirteen days of negotiations at the 18th UNFCCC Conference in Doha, Qatar, from November 26 to December 8, 2012, the parties managed to agree on a set of decisions to move the process forward and to save the Kyoto Protocol, at least in principle.

Dec
06
2012
 
Growth, Mobility and Climate Policy: a Focus on the non-OECD
by Thomas Longden
Environment - Articles
 

A focus on mobility, the kilometres travelled using light duty vehicles, and climate policy is motivated by the persistence of strong demand for  personal mobility. This article discusses recent research conducted at  FEEM on the future of private vehicle travel and the achievement of  different climate policy targets, with a particular focus on non-OECD regions.

Nov
29
2012
 
Obesity is Contagious! Evidence from US Data
by Luisa Corrado and Roberta Distante
Economics - Articles
 

Overweight and obesity are social plagues of modern societies. The article draws from a research study undertaken by the authors showing that the scale of such a phenomenon is due to the effects of peers on individual weight-related behaviour, as well as to the limits on dynamic behavior imposed by habits.

Nov
22
2012
 
Aftermath of the EAERE 2012 Conference
Karine Nyborg, Ian J. Bateman, Kerry Smith, Jean-Philippe Barde
Environment - Interviews
 

Interviewed by Re3, EAERE president Karine Nyborg discusses the evolution of the Association since the start of its activities in 1990. A set of video interviews to EAERE 2012 conference keynote speakers and videos of the policy sessions complete the sketch.

Nov
15
2012
 
Challenge Ahead for Energy Economists
Einar Hope
Energy - Interviews
 

Einar Hope explains why Energy Economists should adopt an interdisciplinary approach in their research, adding that universities should request multidisciplinary research as part of the qualification system for academic careers.

Nov
08
2012
 
Ethnic Heterogeneity and Knowledge Formation in Europe
Valentina Bosetti, Cristina Cattaneo and Elena Verdolini
Economics - Articles
 

Does the interaction of diverse cultures hamper or facilitate the creation of new ideas? The article summarizes the results of a study investigating the role of ethnic heterogeneity of the labour force in the creation of new knowledge.

 

Oct
25
2012
 
The Global Energy Assessment
Thomas B. Johansson and Nebojsa Nakicenovic
Energy - Interviews
 

The Global Energy Assessment is a major initiative launched at the RIO+20 conference to assess worldwide global energy challenges. Interviewed by FEEM, Thomas B. Johansson, Executive Committee Co-Chair of the GEA, and Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, give an overview of the GEA report.

Oct
18
2012
 
Energy Security: the Industry Perspective
Francesco Gattei
Energy - Interviews
 

Francesco Gattei from Eni gives an overview of the industry perspective on the important issue of energy security, topic of his talk at the plenary session "Energy supply and security" at the 12th IAEE European Energy Conference.

Oct
11
2012
 
National Ecosystem Assessment: the UK Experience
Ian J. Bateman
Economics - Interviews
 

Ian J. Bateman, Head of Economics for the UK-National Ecosystem Assessment, summarises in a non-technical language the rationale for undertaking the first analysis of the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity.

Oct
05
2012
 
The Mitigation Potential of Consumer Adoption of Smart Energy Behaviour
by Elena Claire Ricci
Energy - Articles
 

The article investigates the economic and climate change mitigation potential of consumer adoption of smart energy behaviours enabled by smart-grids and advanced-metering systems. The results indicate that consumer empowerment and involvement induce important and efficient benefits to the electric power sector.

Sep
27
2012
 
Biodiversity Bargaining: What is the Problem?
by Timothy Swanson and Ben Groom
Environment - Articles
 

This article investigates global biodiversity regulation as a bargaining game, where biodiversity rich countries (the “BD states") and research& development rich countries (the “R&D states”) must find a way to cooperate that is perceived as fair and reasonable by both parties.

Sep
21
2012
 
The Repeated Failures of International Negotiations for Environmental Protection
Bruno Latour
Environment - Interviews
 

In this brief interview with FEEM, Bruno Latour explains why, in his opinion, international negotiations for environmental protection (e.g. Rio+20, UNFCC COPs, etc..) continue to fail. This has to do with an issue of proper representation of different interests, of scale, and because of the substantial separation between science and policy.

Sep
13
2012
 
12th IAEE European Energy Conference: Energy Challenge and Environmental Sustainability
Carlo Andrea Bollino
Energy - Interviews
 

Carlo Andrea Bollino, Vice president of the Italian Association of Energy Economists and General Conference Chair of the 12th IAEE European Energy Conference, gives an overview of this year's main themes and challenges tackled during the conference.

Sep
07
2012
 
Rethinking the EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation
by Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Articles
 

This article aims to provide a comprehensive framework of understanding of the growing strategic relevance of Turkey for both the EU and the overall Euro-Mediterranean region. In particular, the focus is on EU-Turkey energy relations and on the crucial role of natural gas and renewable energy in enhancing energy cooperation between the two players.

Aug
30
2012
 
Carbon Prices for the Next Thousand Years
Reyer Gerlagh
Economics - Interviews
 

As changes in climate-related stocks have consequences spanning over centuries or possibly millennia to the future, to reconcile the discounting of such far-distant impacts and realism of the shorter-term decisions, hyperbolic time-preferences are here considered in a climate-economy model.

Aug
06
2012
 
Conceptualizing Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
by Margaretha Breil and Katie Johnson
Environment - Articles
 

Vulnerability to climate change is an increasingly relevant issue for urban policy makers. Comparing the experiences of several cities, this article examines the levels of administrative adaptation planning, tools and information used in making policy choices, adaptation measures, and the roles of governance and finance in urban adaptation to climate change.

Aug
01
2012
 
From Growth to Green Growth
Stéphane Hallegate
Economics - Interviews
 

Green growth is about making growth processes resource-efficient, cleaner and more resilient without necessarily slowing them. The work presented aims at clarifying these concepts in an analytical framework and at proposing foundations for green growth.

Jul
27
2012
 
Can Advanced Biofuels Deliver?
by Valentina Bosetti, Michela Catenacci, Giulia Fiorese and Elena Verdolini
Energy - Articles
 

The article briefly reports the information collected through an expert elicitation protocol on the future costs of biofuels, the potential role of RD&D (Research, Development and Demonstration) programs and what non-technical barriers to diffusion should be considered when designing renewable energy policies.

Jul
19
2012
 
International Integration and Political Preferences: New Insights from the Recent History of EMU
Sergio Currarini
Economics - Articles
 

International treaties and cooperation processes require prospective member countries to achieve given standards in either economic, social or environmental quality. This article explores the effect of such standards on domestic political preferences to interpret shifts in political outcomes in the Euro-zone.

Jul
09
2012
 
Rio+20: Successes and Failures
Partha Dasgupta, Jean-Philippe Barde
Environment - Interviews
 

In the aftermath of Rio+20, failures and successes can be assessed: if the reform of UNEP, the battle against environmentally harmful subsidies and the acknowledgement of Green Growth as a pillar of Sustainable Development fall below expectations, the voluntary pledges made in Rio and the post-2015 process for Sustainable Development Goals leave a glimmer of hope.

Jun
20
2012
 
Rio+20: Real Progress towards Measuring Sustainable Development?
by Fabio Eboli
Economics - Articles
 

The UNCSD Rio+20 meeting is expected to define the future paradigms of sustainable development. This article presents an overview of the main obstacles toward achieving sustainable development, highlighting the limitations of the current measurement approaches.

Jun
20
2012
 
Energy Access in Rio+20
Arno Behrens, Laura Cozzi, Shonali Pachauri and Josué Tanaka
Energy - Interviews
 

While the earth summit Rio+20 is taking place, top scholars from IEA, KTH, CEPS, IIASA and EBRD discuss the main issues concerning Energy poverty which should be kept at the centre of the political and scientific debate.

Jun
20
2012
 
Green Economy Needs a Carbon Price
Derek Eaton and Ottmar Edenhofer
Environment - Interviews
 

In these interviews on the key topics under discussion at Rio+20, Derek Eaton, co-author of UNEP's Green Economy Report, presents an overview of the Green Economy principles, whilst Professor Ottmar Edenhoffer, co-chair of IPCC WGIII, warns that any step towards sustainability must consider putting a price on carbon.

Jun
15
2012
 
European Migration Policies: the Effect of Uncertainty
by Michele Moretto and Sergio Vergalli
Economics - Articles
 

What drives people to emigrate? How does uncertainty affect migration choice? Do networks mitigate its effects? The results of the study described in this article show that by controlling the information on the immigration stock, governments can delay the mass entry of immigrants, maintaining the required stock both in the long and in the short run.

Jun
08
2012
 
Assessing Climate Change Costs and Benefits for Regional Ecosystems
by Katie Johnson, Robin Leichenko and David Major
Environment - Articles
 

Climate change costs and benefits for regional ecosystems are difficult to quantify. Using New York State as a case study, this article identifies which components of the ecosystems could face the greatest costs due to climate change, and suggests the areas that require more detailed investigation of impacts and adaptation options.

May
31
2012
 
The Logic behind the Green Paradox
by Ines Österle
Environment - Articles
 

What happens when resource owners decide to extract their resources faster in order to protect themselves from future stricter climate policies? In this article Ines Österle reviews a selection of contributions to the Green Paradox literature and discusses the relevance of the theory for real world climate policies.

May
24
2012
 
Is the Land-Grabbing Era Drawing to an End?
by Giulio Sapelli
Economics - Articles
 

Over the last decade local communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Australia and Oceania have been pressed by multinationals to vacate their land. The Rome agreement, signed on May 11, 2012 by 124 states, calls for economic players to abide by the principles of common law and to negotiate property transactions with the local communities.

May
18
2012
 
Does Income Distribution Affect Energy Investments?
by Nadia Ameli and Daniel M. Kammen
Energy - Articles
 

How can policies and programs influence consumers’ perception and enable investments in energy efficiency in those countries where the population faces financial constraints? This article presents a candidate policy that provides up-front funds to residential property owners, allowing them to make energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings.

May
08
2012
 
The Globalisation of Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe
by Alireza Naghavi and Maria Comune
Economics - Articles
 

The recent economic crisis has brought to light the importance of opportunities that lie in the newly emerging markets (South). The article introduces the notion of global innovation networks and presents policy options to gain from challenges faced from the internationalisation of innovation activities.

Apr
23
2012
 
Energy Security through Environmental Sustainability: the SECURE Project
by Andrea Bigano, Manfred Hafner and Patrick Criqui
Energy - Articles
 

Between now and 2050, humanity must face a double problem: the growing scarcity of oil and the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Solving this complicated riddle may appear an even harder task after the Fukushima disaster. This article focuses on a joint interdisciplinary research effort to solve this puzzle.

Apr
11
2012
 
Coordinating to Protect the Global Climate
by Alessandro Tavoni
Environment - Comments
 

Standard public good games are concerned with the creation of a collective gain. Climate change, however, is about avoiding an uncertain public bad. This has been framed as a “collective-risk social dilemma” of sequential contributions to a public climate fund aimed at avoiding a probabilistic loss arising if the target is missed.

Apr
04
2012
 
On the way to Rio+20: Climate Change, Nuclear and Energy Poverty
Fatih Birol
Energy - Interviews
 

In his speech at the Energy Think conference in Venice “Sustainable Energy for All” on March 13th, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA, provided several insights on the critical trends of climate change, nuclear power, and energy poverty arising from the latest World Energy Outlook.

Mar
29
2012
 
Making the Most of Diversity: Conditions for Living Together (differently)
by Dino Pinelli
Economics - Articles
 

The ever growing flows of people, goods, images and ideas at global level are changing the way we see and experience diversity. The question of whether and how we can live and prosper together while keeping and enjoying our differences is becoming the fundamental issue of our time. This is the question at the core of this article.

Mar
23
2012
 
Rethinking the EU Gas Security of Supply Architecture
by Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra
Energy - Book Reviews
 

The European gas industry has experienced over the last decades an extraordinary success. Natural gas could well continue to play an important -and even increasing- role in the future European energy mix. However, some actions will be necessary to reinforce the overall EU gas security of supply architecture.

Mar
09
2012
 
An Unambiguous Consequence of the Durban Climate Talks
by Robert N. Stavins
Environment - Articles
 

On the way to Rio + 20, international climate expert Robert N. Stavins briefly reviews some key points from twenty years of history of international climate negotiations, from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to the Durban Climate Conference in 2011, to explain how the “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action” has opened an important window in climate talks.

Mar
07
2012
 
Prospects for Energy and Climate Policy in China
by Carlo Carraro and Emanuele Massetti
Environment - Articles
 

China’s impressive economic growth, fuelled by its rapid industrial expansion in recent years, has caused a growing appetite for natural resources and energy. High energy intensity of output, coupled with an even higher carbon intensity of energy, have given China a crucial role in determining the world’s future climate.  

Mar
01
2012
 
Does It Matter Who Trades Energy Derivatives?
by Bahattin Büyüksahin and Michel A. Robe
Energy - Articles
 

In the past decade, financial institutions have assumed an ever greater role in energy derivatives (or "paper") markets. Recent studies provide evidence of this "financialization". This article summarizes their findings, identifies questions that remain unanswered, and discusses what data or theoretical breakthroughs could shed light on these issues.

Feb
29
2012
 
Speculation and Oil Price Formation
by Bassam Fattouh
Energy - Articles
 

The sharp swings in oil prices and the marked increase in volatility during the latest 2008-2009 price cycle and more recently in 2011 raise concerns about the role of speculators in the oil market. Observers in the oil industry and in academic institutions have opposing views on the key drivers of oil prices.

Feb
10
2012
 
Assessing the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
by Francesco Bosello, Fabio Eboli and Roberta Pierfederici
Environment - Articles
 

If emissions continue to grow as they have over the last century, the consequences on the ecologic and human systems could be daunting. The key challenge of policy makers is the choice of economically efficient regulations based on analyses that allow reliable and robust comparisons of the costs and benefits of a given policy.

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