Sharing the atmosphere

The Climate Conference in Copenhagen has ended as expected: with a political declaration instead of a legally binding agreement. Nonetheless, there seems to be wide-spread disappointment among the public. Commentators are busy portioning out blame for the failure of the negotiations, where the U.S., China, and the unwieldy UN procedures receive the largest shares. Those involved in the negotiations process see Copenhagen as a stepping stone rather than a finish line: they point out that the Copenhagen Accord keeps going the process towards [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 December 28th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

“Exported Emissions” at COP15

The Guardian and industry actors call for considering Carbon Embodied in Trade as part of a climate deal at Copenhagen. On December 7, 2009, 56 newspapers from 20 countries published a joint editorial calling world leaders to use the 14 days of climate negotiations in Copenhagen in order to come to an effective and fair agreement to limit climate change. At the time I am writing this, it is too early to see whether the call will [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 December 14th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

Carbon Market Promises and Woes

Economists argue that the carbon market suffices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and attack additional policy tools for increasing mitigation costs. Time to look at how the carbon market works in practice! In my last blog I have pointed to the campaign of a few Norwegian economistsagainst climate policy tools such as the newly established green certificate market, which ensures a higher electricity price for renewable electricity. I published a similar critique in Dagens Næringsliv, a [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

Hurra for Green Electricity!

Some economists argue that support for renewable electricity leads to more coal power. Their reasoning is curiously flawed and oversees the crucial role of technological learning. A curious discussion about climate policy has arisen in Norway now that the country has agreed with Sweden to join Sweden’s  ”green certificate” market (a.k.a. el-certificate, similar to the renewable portopholio standard) . This policy tool creates de-facto a niche-market for specific kinds of renewable energy, which are traded at [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 September 13th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

Can Technology Spare the Earth?

The IPCC says that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 % by 2050 to achieve the goal of limit global warming to not more than 2°C, agreed to by the EU and the G8. Recent research indicates that the cumulative emissions in the period 2000-2050 should be not more than 1000 billion tons of CO2. In the first 7 years of this 50 year period; 234 billion tons were already emitted. [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 August 27th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

News Stories on Carbon Footprint of Nations

A good week has gone since the release of the website and the online version of our article. A number of news outlets picked up the story, including the venerable Neue Züricher Zeitung (Switzerland) and the tabloid VG (Norway). It was really interesting to discuss our research with numerous journalists and to see what they picked up. Here is some highlights. Consumption as key driver for carbon footprints: Basically all stories emphasize the importance of goods for personal [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 June 24th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

The importance of national carbon footprint accounting

Congratulations to Edgar Hertwich, Glen Peters and the NTNU team for presenting the 'Carbon Footprint of Nations' as a politically relevant way of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, based on a sound methodology. The publication and website comes at an important time – the decisive climate policy negotiations in Copenhagen are only half a year away – and it will be a useful input to this process. For both, producers and consumers, as individuals, companies [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 June 15th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments

Welcome to the Carbon Footprint site!

We are excited about launching this web site. Many years of our research have gone into developing models and analyzing data on the connection of industrial production, consumption and environmental pressures. Profound insights have been gained, and an approach has matured which we think is indispensible to address climate change and resource scarcity. Now, we feel that the world really should pay attention! We want to use this website to communicate our research findings to [...]

By | 2017-11-08T21:16:09+00:00 June 12th, 2009|Reflexions|0 Comments