The SDSNedu initiative has become the SDG Academy to help young generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Academy is an on-line platform that provides high-quality educational resources on sustainable development. The initiative brings together leading experts on sustainable development to train future generations on sustainable development practices and to cope with the complex challenges facing our planet. All course materials are freely available.
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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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.
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".
Born in 1997 from the collaboration between FEEM and il Mulino, over the last 20 years Equilibri has contributed to the definition of sustainable development, highlighting its complex economic, social and political implications.
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. 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”
In this FEEM Working Paper, S. Santato, J. Mysiak, and C. Dionisio Pérez-Blanco offer insights that can inform reform of water abstractions in the Po River Basin District and elsewhere in Italy and in Europe.
"A more flexible water abstraction licence regime in Italy is to be recommended, on account of the observed and expected decline in water availability, amplified climate variability, population growth and economic development, and as a means of regulating minimum environmental flows."
In this FEEM Working Paper, M. Davide and P. Vesco aim at analysing the INDCs submitted by Parties in the context of the Paris talks.
"Our analysis highlights that beyond effectiveness in terms of emission reduction, other dimensions such as coherence and fairness are important for the evaluation of the INDCs and the Paris Agreement."
Brussels, June 14, 2016 - Workshop on: "Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty Reduction: Trade-Offs or Win-Win Situations?" (organized by the CliMiP project). The CliMiP project aimed at analysing the relationship between climate change mitigation policies and poverty reduction combining detailed country-specific studies with broader comparative analyses. The workshop presented the main findings of the CliMiP project and its policy implications in the aftermath of the COP21 agreement.