On February 18-20, 2015, twenty-four experts gathered in Berlin to explore approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed -- with a focus on the social-sciences (economics, political science, policy studies). The workshop was sponsored by FEEM, the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, and the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center. Leaders of three of the sponsoring organizations (FEEM, Harvard and Stanford) have prepared a memorandum drawing from the discussions at the workshop. The memo describes specific challenges and opportunities facing the IPCC and provides recommendations for improving the IPCC’s process of assessing scientific research on climate change.
Environmental policies address wellbeing and sustainability objectives, affecting firm and household behaviour. On February 26, 2015, Silvia Albrizio, from the Structural Policy Division, Economics Department at OECD, will hold a seminar at FEEM premises in Venice on environmental policies and productivity growth, presenting insights from new cross-country measures of environmental policies.
The Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE) will hold its Third Annual Conference at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Padua from 20 to 21 February 2015. The conference offers a rich scientific programme comprised of two very distinguished keynote speakers - Paul Ekins, Professor at the University College London, and Carolyn Fischer, Senionr Reseracher at FEEM and Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington DC. Several FEEM researchers will present their recent studies on environmental and energy issues.
This weekly FEEM seminar, jointly organized with IEFE - Bocconi University, and held by Caterina Miriello (IEFE), will present a study investigating the determinants through which ownership of energy infrastructures for the transmission of electricity and gas affects the type and level of investment.
Complex environmental problems such as climate change require both an understanding of the environmental drivers and knowledge of the feedbacks between resource dynamics and human activity. The socio-economic dynamics, in turn, call for an investigation of the behavioral drivers. Alessandro Tavoni, LSE and FEEM associate researcher argues that a multidisciplinary approach, while not sufficient, is necessary to address complexity.
As an official partner of the ENTRACTE project on advanced model development and validation for improved analysis of costs and impacts of mitigation policies, FEEM will organize and host the "Workshop on Policy Interactions and Overlapping Policies". The workshop will be held in Milan on Februrary 17, 2015 within the Project Meeting (February 16 and 18).
NECST (A New Energy Culture: Sustainability and Territories) is a three year strategic partnership funded by the EC Erasmus Plus Programme, proposing an educational experience based on the collaboration between students from different geographic and social environments. The project kick-off meeting will be held in Viggiano form February 16 to February 20 and aims at launching NECST activities.
Re3 publishes a short interview with environmental law expert Francesca Romanin Jacur (University of Milan and member of the FEEM Scientific Advisory Board) following her recent seminar on the complex issues that lie behind international climate change negotiations. The complete set of slides shown at the seminar is also provided.
Southeast Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions of the World to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, the region is also following a trajectory that could make it a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the future. A balanced growth that is more resource efficient and less destructive of environmental services is attainable, with major co-benefits for ecosystem resilience and human health. Understanding the economic implications of policy options for low carbon growth is essential to formulate instruments that achieve the greatest emissions reductions at lowest cost. This seminar, jointly organized by FEEM and CMCC, focuses on Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
The Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) journal has just released its winter 2015 edition of papers. This journal aims to fill the gap between traditional academic journals and topics of general interest. It strikes the balance between widely accessible material and a scholarly approach to learning on environmental economics and policy.