Agriculture—Meeting the Water Challenge

On average agriculture utilizes 70 per cent of the world’s available fresh water. About 40 per cent of water used in irrigation is wasted through unsustainable practices. This mismanagement – but also an increasing world population, improved affluence and the … Continue reading

A set-aside for the EU ETS?

The EU ETS wants to stimulate the development of low-emission energy technologies. The logic behind it is that an auction of a fixed supply of emission allowances – determined by an ambition level – keeps the price of carbon high, … Continue reading

A clear and fair incentive to pollute less

All sectors will need to contribute. In the absence of a multilateral agreement on a legal framework for reducing emissions from the aviation sector thus far, the EU has brought the aviation sector into the emissions trading system. This is … Continue reading

CCS Policy: Is the balance right?

The clean energy market will not rise following normal economic rules of innovation – where the size of the existing market and expected price motivates innovation. Carbon is too cheap (so clean energy is not yet an attractive alternative) and … Continue reading

You can’t manage emissions until you can measure them, and it’s harder than you think

Carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes are intended to shift our preferences towards lower carbon use. But we don’t know exactly, or even approximately, whether our new choices do in fact mean we are reducing our carbon use.

GDP IS DEAD: Will the world be happier without it?

The growth of GDP is not infinite. As limits arise and credit bubbles burst, governments have tried to ‘recover’ by buying GDP growth at the cost of added governmental debt. But GDP-numbers don’t say everything about the progress of a … Continue reading

Is collaboration the answer to sustainable consumption?

Collaborative consumption might just be the way to sustainable consumption. It requires a shift in values but that’s not to say it can’t happen. There are several cases to mention, think of ebay but also local civil society initiatives, where … Continue reading

Getting rid of the hot air

The Emissions Trading Scheme – a rough start, but it starts to look more promising. The pitfall however lies in greenwashing practices due to the scheme. Governments should be reluctant to excessive business lobbies to ease the ETS settings. It’s … Continue reading

The real Greek tragedy may be the climate

Greece’s debt crisis threatens more than the collapse of the euro and the European Union – it would also be a climate disaster. An opinion article by David Strahan, a former BBC business correspondent and author of The Last Oil … Continue reading