The IAERE Young Environmental Economist Award 2017 has been assigned ex-equo to Shouro Dasgupta, FEEM, CMCC and University of Venice, for the paper "Impact of Climate Change on Malaria: A Quantile Regression Analysis", and Claudia Ghisetti, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, for the paper "Demand-pull and environmental innovations: estimating the effects of innovative public procurement". The IAERE Award is given to the best paper presented by a young economist at the Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE). The 2017 Award was announced at the Fifth IAERE Annual Conference on February 16-17, 2017.
The kick-off conference of the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) was held in Kigali on 28 January 2017. SDGC/A is an initiative promoted by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). SDGC/A develops concrete action plans and coordinates the SDSN network in Africa to support governments, civil society, businesses and academic institutions to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa. The conference was the occasion to present the Africa Report 2030 “How Africa Can Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The report identifies the main themes and regions that require policy action to achieve the SDGs within 2030. FEEM was invited to the event and is pleased to publish the full report and press release in European preview.
This new volume by FEEM Researcher Simone Tagliapietra investigates the current status and future prospects of energy relationships in the Euro-Mediterranean region. By adopting a political economy perspective, it provides insight into regional cooperation in the fields of natural gas and renewable energy. The author posits that regional energy relations have yet to be examined through a comprehensive analytical framework in order to realistically assess the potential role of energy in acting as a catalyst for greater economic and political cooperation in the region.
Energy resources in the Mediterranean is the focus of the new issue of Equilibri, the Italian journal published by FEEM with il Mulino. In their opening article, Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra argue that Europe should urgently rethink its policies in the Mediterranean area to give a tangible and sustainable contribution to the economic development of South Mediterranean countries. In this framework energy could be the first step of the process aimed at reinforcing regional cooperation.
Exposure to climate models’ predictions affects policymakers and climate negotiators less than the informed general public. But the right presentation format can improve forecasts’ effectiveness. These are the conclusions drawn by FEEM researchers V. Bosetti, L. Berger, M. Tavoni and co-authors in the article “COP21 climate negotiators’ responses to climate model forecasts” recently published in Nature Climate Change.
The first edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects aiming to solve the world’s toughest problems, was released on January 31, 2017 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Youth Solutions Report is an initiative of the SDSN Youth, the global youth division of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It aims to amplify the capabilities of youth in generating broader buy-in for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). FEEM is hosting institution of SDSN Italia and, among others institutions, supporter of the Youth Solutions Report initiative.
Hong Kong is a densely populated coastal metropolis exposed to intense and potentially overlapping hydro-meteorological hazards, including heat waves, typhoons, and landslides. The article “Multi-hazard risk assessment of two Hong Kong districts” by FEEM researchers K. Johnson, M. Breil et al. presents the results of a GIS-based assessment of present day risk to socio-natural hazards in two districts of Hong Kong. Mapping hazards and vulnerabilities helps to visualize the spatial distribution and concentrations of risk located throughout the city, and thereby facilitates the tailoring of measures that can reduce risk at the very local scale.
With other international leading authors, FEEM reseachers V. Bosetti, G. Marangoni, M. Tavoni published the article “Sensitivity of projected long term CO2 emissions across the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” in Nature Climate Change. The article is focused on economic growth and energy intensity as the most important determinants of future CO2 emissions across different socio-economic pathways. Moreover, the article analyzes variation in projected long term CO2 emissions mostly driven by future income and energy efficiency.
The PB Report is a summary on privatization activity in the enlarged European Union. It aims to monitor the most recent trends, to analyze aggregate data on revenues and transactions, and to provide updated statistics at the country and sector level. The Privatization Barometer was developed by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) with the financial support from Fondazione IRI. As of 2010, KPMG Advisory S.p.A. becomes unique partner of PB, providing data, research skills and financial resources. This seventh joint issue of PB Report represents the long term strategic partnership between FEEM and KPMG Advisory S.p.A.
Since 2008 FEEM has carried out research on sustainable tourism in the Basilicata region as a driver of local development. In the latest FEEM Press volume “Il turismo nei Parchi. Analisi del potenziale competitivo delle aree protette: il caso Basilicata”, FEEM researchers Livio Chiarullo, Delio Colangelo and Marcella De Filippo analyze the competitive potential of tourism in the protected areas of this region.
Washington Post and Houston Chronicle articles cite the NBER and FEEM working paper “Bridging the Gap: Do Fast Reacting Fossil Technologies Facilitate Renewable Energy Diffusion?”. The paper, co-authored by FEEM researcher Elena Verdolini with Francesco Vona (OFCE Sciences-Po and SKEMA Business School) and David Popp (Syracuse University and NBER), discusses the role of fossil-based power generation technologies in supporting renewable energy investments.
This FEEM Working Paper by A. Markandya, E. De Cian, L. Drouet, J. M. Polanco-Martìnez and F. Bosello proposes a methodology to calculate risk premium in case of climate change damage.
“In the presence of uncertainty about climate change damages, are people satisfied to be protected against the "average" outcomes? We show that in fact this is not the case. The presence of risk aversion increases the perceived damage above the average one. We quantify accordingly this "addition" and we re-analyse the decision to mitigate and to adapt in the light of this correction".
"The Truth About Climate Change" report on climate change and the Paris agreement becomes the gold standard after reaching 600 million via radio, TV, print, Internet and the social media. The report is authored by top climate scientists including FEEM Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Carraro.
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This FEEM Working Paper by A. D'Aprile explores the main progress and deadlocks of Carbon Capture and Storage technology development in recent years, including economic constraints, regulation complexity, political and environmental factors.
“CCS technology still struggles to emerge as a sound low-carbon choice for governments and investors. Post-COP21 national and international efforts, as well as local policies and context, will play an increasingly critical role in the next phase of CCS deployment”
Expert elicitations are frequently used to characterize future technology outcomes. However, many argue that the usefulness of this methodology is limited, because estimates across studies are not easily comparable; choices in survey design and expert selection may bias results; and over-confidence is a persistent problem. The article by G.F. Nemet, L. Diaz Anadon and E. Verdolini compares data from 16 elicitations, involving 169 experts, on the 2030 costs of 5 energy technologies to provide quantitative evidence of how survey and expert characteristics affect experts’ estimates.
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Gas represents a pivotal element of the European energy architecture. The ultimate aim of this new volume by FEEM researchers Manfred Hafner and Simone Tagliapietra is to contribute to the current European gas debate by providing a balancing act between two issues, decarbonisation of the European energy system and security of gas supply.
How has North Africa changed over the last five years? Will these changes generate a new relationship between geopolitics and energy? In this new FEEM Press volume FEEM researcher Sara Brzuszkiewicz investigates the current geopolitical scenario and the potential consequences of the Arab Springs and jihadism on the energy sector.
The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (#COP22) to the UNFCCC is taking place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. How might US climate policy change after the new administration takes office in January 2017? FEEM researcher Simone Tagliapietra summarizes three possible scenarios.
In a side event organized by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), GCF co-chiar Mr. Ewen Mc Donald has announced the approval of the first fast track National Adaptation Plan grants for Liberia and Nepal and the proposal by the first commercial bank accredited by the Green Climate Fund, Deutsche Bank, to contribute to Goal n. 7 - Sustainable Energy for All. FEEM researcher Isabella Alloisio reports on the issue.
FEEM researcher Elisa Calliari reports on the loss & damage issue associated with climate change impacts under discussion at the 22nd session of the COP22 in Marrakech. Loss & damage is one of the most contentious issues of climate negotiations, and COP22 was mandated by COP19 to review the mechanism to foster understanding, action and support for loss&damage. Shortly after the video was shot, an agreement on a draft decision for the review was finally reached and made publicly available on Nov. 15. It proposes, inter alia, a process to periodically review the Warsaw International Mechanism starting in 2019.
The video was shot in collaboration with Youth Press Agency on Climate Change, Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development.