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Extensive media coverage of IPCC author

EfD fellow Thomas Sterner is one of the coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report entitled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change’ which was accepted by member governments on April 13, 2014. Sterner’s comments on the report received wide-spread media coverage in several countries.


Is it the Climate or the Weather?

As part of the academic research seminar series being held at Addis Ababa University, in collaboration with the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE), a research seminar entitled “Is it the Climate or the Weather?” was conducted at the Eshetu Chole hall of Addis Ababa University on April 24, 2014.


“We must be able to design the right environmental policies for Africa”

​Justice Tei Mensah from Ghana says that two key strengths of the University of Gothenburg’s specialization course in natural resource economics distinguish this course from others of its kind: “Recent developments in the respective research fields are included, and the course brings students and lecturers from different parts of the world together.”


IPCC Report: Pricing of CO2 Emissions Critical

Despite climate change, most polluters still pay little or nothing when they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 'A cost of SEK 1, or about USD 0.15, per kilo CO2 would be enough to solve the whole climate change problem,’ says Thomas Sterner, professor of environment economics at the University of Gothenburg.  Sterner is the only Swedish researcher to serve as a coordinating lead author in Working Group III on measures to combat climate change that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present on Sunday 13 April.  


Video lectures from PhD specialization courses available online

During the spring semester 2014, EfD Sweden will be publishing video recorded lectures from three PhD specialization courses held at University of Gothenburg, on the EfD website. This is the first lecture, given by Martin Persson, Assistant Professor at Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology.


EEPFE Research Fellow Presents a Paper on Water, Climate Change, and Health

EEPFE Director and senior research fellow, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen presents a paper entitled, “Ethiopia Climate Strategy and a relevant research agenda” at the workshop on Water, Climate Change, and Health organized by Duke University (USA) with support from Addis Ababa University, the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 16, 2014 at ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


EPRU hosted EfD Policy Day 2013 in Cape Town

On Wednesday October 23, EPRU hosted the EfD Policy day at Commodore Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. The policy day brought together policy makers from various governmental levels, practioners, NGOs, international and national researchers. The purpose of the day was twofold, first to identify South African policy makers’ research priorities as input to EPRU’s work, second to highlight examples from EPRU’s research and capacities. The policy day included three distinct sessions focusing on fishery economics; biodiversity and conservation; and climate change.


First EfD-Kenya annual workshop held in Nairobi

EfD-Kenya held its first Annual Workshop on August 7, 2013 at Fairview Hotel in Nairobi. The workshop brought together researchers, policy makers, academia and other stakeholders in the environment sector. The objective of the workshop was to discuss various research outputs generated from the studies being undertaken by the network associates, and to hear new research ideas.


    EfD researcher interviewed by EurActiv

    “Gender plays a key role for sustainable farming in Africa,” says EfD Ethiopia researcher Hailemariam Teklewold in an interview with EurActiv, a news service for news on EU policies. EurActiv receives funding from the European Commission and sponsoring from large corporate sponsors.


    Presenting Ethiopia’s Green Growth Strategy

    Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) Research fellow Dr. Abebe Damte presented the Ethiopian Green Growth Strategy at the International Conference on “Sustainable Development, Social Welfare, and Structural Transformation: Does Green Economy Offer New Perspectives?” which was held in Dakar, Senegal from Nov 5-6, 2012. The conference aimed at assessing if the Green Economy offers new perspectives in the efforts targeting sustainable development in Africa.


    Sterner interviewed in Africa Renewal about Nigerian petrol subsidies

    Professor Thomas Sterner is interviewed in the April issue of the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal, published by the Strategic Communications Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. "The next time the government contemplates removing the subsidy, it must be "more careful"," argues Sterner.


    Adaptation to Climate Change Workshop held in Gothenburg

    Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan African countries. In this regard, adaptation mechanisms to climate change play a paramount role in reducing the impact on agricultural productivity and food security. With this motivation, the EfD-EEU in Gothenburg, hosted a first collaborative research workshop on the theme “adaptation to climate change in African agriculture” in Gothenburg, Sweden, February 9-10, 2012.


    Great interest in the critique of fuel subsidies in Indonesian press

    Indonesian news media showed great interest in a lecture given by Thomas Sterner at the second Annual Conference of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) at Bandung, Indonesia, on February 2-4. More than 20 news articles were published online, most of them about fuel subsidies, prices and taxes. The number of articles published in the printed press of Indonesia is not known.


    PhD programme in Climate Economics at the University of Gothenburg

    The Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg offers five full scholarships in a PhD programme in Climate Economics with admission September 2012. (Assuming the program will be financed). This program will be a continuation of the former program but with a heavier emphasis on Climate change as the prime environmental problem of our time.


    Sterner keynote lecturer at EAAERE 2012 in Indonesia

    Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics in University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a fellow at Resource for the Future (RFF), is invited to give a keynote lecture on “The Design of Environmental Policy Instrument: Efficiency, Informational Requirements and Political Feasibility”at the 2nd Annual Conference of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) at Bandung, Indonesia, on February 2-4, 2012.


    Climate Change hits Africa the hardest – what can be done?

    Ethiopia risking average income cut of 30 percent The impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity may reduce the Ethiopian average income by as much as 30 percent within the next 50 years. This and other EfD findings on how climate change is hitting Africa, and in particular Ethiopia, were presented to 60 workshop participants from government, NGOs and multilateral organizations assembled in Addis Abeba. Strategies for adaptation, mitigation and a stronger position in international climate negotiations were discussed.


    RFF/EfD Book Launch on January 11, 2012 at the University of Cape Town: Higher petrol taxes don’t hurt the poor

    The book, "Fuel Taxes and the Poor, The Distributional Effects of Gasoline Taxation and Their Implications for Climate Policy" will be launched at the University of Cape Town, School of Economics on January 11, 2012. EfD research fellow Professor Thomas Sterner, who is also the editor of the book, will be accompanied by EPRU research fellows for the book launch.


    Sterner teaches UCT masters course on environmental issues in developing countries

    Poverty, natural resource management, and environmental degradation are inextricably linked, and this course explores ways that economic analysis can help identify underlying problems and formulate effective policy responses to them. This course, Sustainable Development and the Economics of Climate Change, is a 10-day field course on environmental issues in developing countries, with an emphasis on issues surrounding global climate change. Thomas Sterner, professor in environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg, are among the lecturers.


    Aiming High, Going Green

    Ethiopia launches its strategy for Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) on 18 November 2011. EEPFE center director and senior researcher, Dr. Alemu Mekonnen, was part of the technical committee that worked on the strategy as representative from our host institution, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI).


    First Climate Change and Development for Africa (CCDA-I) Conference

    This conference, held between October 17-19, 2011 at the UNECA in Addis Ababa, had the theme ‘Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa’. It aimed at strengthening Africa’s position and participation in international climate change negotiations with a view to ensuring adequate reflection of the continent’s concerns and priorities in a post-2012 international climate change regime. EEPFE participated in the conference and exhibition.


    EfD researchers attended UNU-WIDER/AERC Climate Change Training

    After pursuing an online course for three weeks, Dr. Zenebe Gebreegziabher and Abebe Damte from EfD Ethiopia, attended a five-days training on Climate Change Science and Modeling of Biophysical Impacts, arranged by UNU-WIDER and AERC at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.


    EfD workshop on impact of climate change in Africa

    Over 60 representatives from various governmental and non-governmental organizations participated in this informative Climate Change Workshop organized together by EEPFE and EDRI on July 20. Ethiopian news media like the daily-published English newspaper the Ethiopian Herald reported on the workshop.


    How Regressive Are Fuel Taxes? A Comparison of Countries from Around the World

    Thomas Sterner makes the latest addition to RFF policy commentary series with a piece on whether fuel taxes are indeed regressive. Raising fuel taxes could significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollution from the transportation sector. One of the prime arguments against raising fuel taxes is the perception that they are regressive — that they are more costly to the poor and other socioeconomic groups. But recent research suggests the opposite, particularly for developing countries.