The G20 group of major economies spend $452 billion per year supporting fossil fuel industries. According to the IEA, “fossil-fuel consumption subsidies worldwide amounted to $548 billion in 2013, …with subsidies to oil products representing over half of the total.” Why do we still see such extensive subsidies? And what to do about it?
- Will you be part of the new VISIONS 2100 project?
- Clean Energy Wire is, together with Energytransition.de, a great source for news about Germany’s Energiewende. HERE you can read about the components that make up the electricity price in Germany. Taxes make up 3/4 of this price, and the renewable energy surcharge 1/3 of the taxes. Despite this – or maybe because of this (?) – exports roar, Germany grows. Why? Energy makes up only 2.5% of Germany’s GDP, similar to most countries in the world.
- HERE you can read why all this bogus talk about renewable energy production being too expensive is, simply, bogus. In words:
Today, even Citibank estimates that transitioning to clean energy will globally save an estimated $1.8 trillion in comparison to a business-as-usual scenario by 2040
- The effect of Germany’s eco-tax is slowly diminishing. So Mr Klusmann suggests to index eco-taxes. The reason:
the whole idea of environmental taxes is not to increase the level of taxation, but to focus the existing level on discouraging environmentally damaging consumption.
- And all this energy transition in Germany is starting to pay off:
The Fraunhofer Institute has found that Germany made about €1.7 billion, or $1.93 billion, in 2014 by selling surplus electricity. In 2015, that amount could reach €2 billion or $2.2 billion.
- Responsibility to Act – Sustainable Development Goals 2015, in Rotondes, Luxembourg, from 7th-9th December 2015. For more information go here: http://sdgconference2015.lu/
- Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: Discounting the Future, in Oxford University’s Martin School, Oxford, UK, from 13-14 January 2016. Keynotes by Simon Caney and Partha Dasgupta. More information here: http://www.isecoeco.org/climate-ethics-and-climate-economics-discounting-the-future/
- ISDRS 2016 – Rethinking Sustainability Models and Practices: Challenges for the New and Old World Contexts, to be held 13-15 July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information follow this LINK.
As always, you can find all the information on conferences, workshops and seminars in my environmental economics calender on the right.
In 1999 Reyer Gerlagh received his PhD in economics. His research won him a prestigious scholarship, the “Vernieuwingsimpuls”, a grant of € 650,000 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He visited Oslo, January-June 2006, by invitation from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to work at the Centre of Advanced Studies on the interaction between environmental policy and technology. From 2006 to 2009, he held a chair in Environmental Economics at Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Reyer Gerlagh is now Professor at Tilburg University, associate editor of ERE and Energy Economics, and coordinating lead author of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC, WG III. He has published many articles on climate change policy, technological change, sustainability, natural resources, and the green paradox.
I got to know Reyer several years ago at a climate change conference in Paris. There were several speakers, but the most interesting one was certainly Reyer. He leaves the impression that he knows his stuff and that he asks the right questions. He can be tough on those that are presenting at conferences, not asking questions in the roundabout way like many others do but pointing straight out at the problems in the analysis that he sees. Reyer calls himself a math nerd – and the medals he collected from competitions in national and international maths and physics competition certainly show that. But he is more than that – I would think of him more as someone who also understands what are the important questions in environmental economics and has the tools to answer them.