Six months after the launch of Sharexpo (www.sharexpo.it), FEEM – in collaboration with Collaboriamo, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Modacult-Catholic University of Milan and Secolo Urbano – has organized the event “Sharexpo: Milano città condivisa per Expo 2015”, which will be hosted on 7 October 2014 by the “Salone della CSR e dell’Innovazione Sociale” at Bocconi University in Milan. The meeting aims at presenting the main initiatives and activities undertaken to achieve greater dissemination of collaborative services in the city of Milan during Expo 2015.
FEEM is pleased to announce and host the 10th Annual Forum on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Economy: “Back to basics: What is the Purpose of the Corporation?". The Forum is organized by the Research Centre Politeia in partnership with the University of Milano, the IESEG School of Management - Lille-Paris, and the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, and is supported by a Promoting Committee of several well-known Italian companies and organizations.
REDD+ is a good start for reducing the emissions of carbon from land, but more ambitious management practices might be needed to stabilize the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere almost immediately. On October 2, 2014 Richard A. Houghton, acting president of the Woods Hole Research Center, will deliver at ICCG in Venice an international lecture entitled “Beyond REDD+: What management of land can and cannot do to help control atmospheric CO2”. During the event, the ICCG will also announce the winner of the "2013 ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking Award".
The Second Annual Conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC) will take place on September 29-30, 2014 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The conference, entitled “Climate Change: Scenarios, Impacts and Policy” aims to involve scientists, researchers and policy makers, whose activities are focused on different aspects of climate change, its impacts and related policies.
FEEM is taking part to the 2014 European Researchers' Night through the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), as part of Venetonight 2014 and is organizing an exciting treasure hunt with researchers in Venice. By interacting with researchers from the ICCG and FEEM, the participants will discover how climate change is affecting the cultural heritage of the most beautiful city in the world.
This article by FEEM researchers Francesco Bosello and Ramiro Parrado addresses one specific criticism that can be raised against economic climate change impact assessments conducted with Computable General Equilibrium models: that of overly optimistic assumptions about markets’ ability to react to climate change induced shocks, i.e. market-driven adaptation.
After two ‘lost decades’ from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, Africa’s economic growth has resumed in the last twenty years. In the last decade in particular, GDP growth in the region has averaged 5.1%, making it the second fastest-growing region in the world, after East Asia. Yet, with approximately 49% of Africans still living below $1.25 per person per day, this growth is not translating into poverty reduction as effectively as anyone would like. This FEEM lecture will investigate possible reasons for the ‘broken link’ between Africa’s growth and poverty reduction, exploring demographic factors, the sector composition of the growth process, the role of natural resources and conflict, and the importance of inequality. Possible policy directions to harness the power of growth for faster poverty reduction will also be discussed.
Over the last 15 years, Italian households have experienced a remarkable increase in gas and electricity prices (+80% and + 60% respectively). As a consequence, the share of heating and electricity costs on total expenditure has reached its historical height of almost 6%. On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Ivan Faiella, Bank of Italy, will present a study that investigates whether these dynamics are leading to a problem of energy poverty (EP). Indeed, despite the existence of two targeted national programs (“Bonus gas” and “Bonus energia”) in Italy there is no official definition of EP and the purpose of this study is to provide the reader with a set of indicators to fill this gap.
The 16th annual BIOECON conference on "Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability" will be held at Kings College Cambridge on September 22 and 23, 2014. The conference will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues broadly in the area of biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and natural capital, in both developed and developing countries. Researchers are invited to submit their papers on the broad area of resource management, development and conservation at the Conference website.
The “Green Paradox” theory subverts the traditional theoretical foundation of environmental policies. The question is whether the green paradox holds and how large the impact is, which has provoked heated debate among economists. Based on theoretical and empirical results, Yuting Li, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, tries to provide an unbiased evaluation of the theory.
Torn apart by ethnic strains and nationalism, Ukraine suddenly became a focal point on the international agenda, the real epicentre of European, United States and Russian negotiations. Based on his recent FEEM lecture, Anatol Lieven, internationally renowned scholar of geostrategic issues and security in Eurasia, analyses the origins of the present crisis and explores what it teaches about the making of Western transnational relations. The e-book is freely downloadable in both English and Italian here.
Shonali Pachauri, from IIASA, one of the most recognised scholars on the topic, will start her lecture by defining “modern energy access”. There is still limited analysis and understanding on how reaching a universal modern energy access goal may impact the achievement of other sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to improved health, air quality, energy security and efficiency. This lecture will focus on some of these definitional issues, and on exploring synergies and tradeoffs between a universal access goal and other sustainable development objectives and goals.
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is pleased to announce its Third Annual Conference on the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact” to be held on the premises of the University of Venice from 29 through 30 January 2015. GGKP welcomes the submission of abstracts on policy-relevant research findings on fiscal instruments and green economy. The deadline to submit is September 15, 2014. Find out more at the GGKP conference website
In this article FEEM researcher Simone Tagliapietra summarizes the key results of a new study aimed at exploring the future prospects of the EU-Turkey energy relations in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukraine crisis. Considering the rapidly evolving situation in the region, the study outlines the urgent need to enhance the EU-Turkey energy partnership and proposes the establishment of a new “EU-Turkey Natural Gas Initiative”.
Max Gruenig, Ecologic Institute, Berlin, presents ideas and approaches related to the new research project Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow. This project deals with the challenge of linking all the various levels of governance involved in planning Urban Sustainability - local, regional, national, European and global - while maintaining its relevance in terms of results and outcomes for each single layer.