Environmental and Climate Economics (ECE)
The research group Environmental and Climate Economics develops integrated models to tackle tough and topical research questions on the boundary of economics, innovation studies and environmental sciences, aimed at fostering a rapid and full transition to a low-carbon economy. Specific applications deal with renewable energy, transport and urban form, while methodological emphasis is on behavioral and evolutionary economics, elaborated in the form of agent-based modelling. Current projects focus on assessing effective climate policy packages, redirecting international climate negotiations towards carbon pricing, and formation of international climate clubs. We also have a longstanding interest in the relationship between economic growth and the environment, in particular how this is affected by climate change and policy.
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2019-02-12
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Fossil fuel divestment and climate change : Reviewing contested arguments / Braungardt, Sibylle (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Dunlop, Tessa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The strategy of fossil fuel divestment has attracted considerable attention in recent years, particularly in the press and social media. Spearheaded as a movement based on ethical principles, divestment has been suggested to play a potential role in shaping public opinion and policymaking on climate change. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.004
Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 50 (April 2019) , p. 191-200  
2018-12-19
16:02
Opinion clusters in academic and public debates on growth-vs-environment / Drews, Stefan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Savin, Ivan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
The debate about the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability involves many dimensions as well as much diversity in terminology. While it is often summarized in terms of dichotomous pro- and anti-growth positions, several studies indicate that additional views exist, and that these may differ between experts and the general public. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.012
Ecological Economics, Vol. 157 (March 2019) , p. 141-155  
2018-11-15
11:12
24 p, 266.6 KB Climate policy without intertemporal dictatorship : Chichilnisky criterion versus classical utilitarianism in DICE / Botzen, W. J. Wouter (Universiteit Utrecht) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Chichilnisky, Graciela (Columbia University. Columbia Consortium for Risk Management)
Unlike discounting and the damage function, the social welfare function has not received so much attention in the debate on climate economics. An important challenge has been to combine efficiency and equity considerations in a single social welfare framework. [...]
2018 - 10.1142/S2010007818500021
Climate change economics, Vol. 09, No. 2 (May 2018) , art. 1850002  
2018-10-19
13:47
A higher rebound effect under bounded rationality : interactions between car mobility and electricity generation / Safarzyńska, Karolina (Uniwersytet Warszawski. Wydziału Nauk Ekonomicznych) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
It is widely believed that with the right economic incentives, electrification of transport can significantly reduce CO₂ emissions by 2050. Estimates of future emissions from car transport tend, though, to ignore technological change in electricity generation and bounded rationality of consumers. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.06.006
Energy economics, Vol. 74 (Aug. 2018) , p. 179-196  
2018-10-19
12:10
25 p, 785.4 KB Implications of net energy-return-on-investment for a low-carbon energy transition / King, Lewis C. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Low-carbon energy transitions aim to stay within a carbon budget that limits potential climate change to 2 °C—or well below—through a substantial growth in renewable energy sources alongside improved energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage. [...]
2018 - 10.1038/s41560-018-0116-1
Nature energy, Vol. 3 (2018) , p. 334-340  
2018-10-19
12:05
Real options analysis of investment in solar vs. wind energy : diversification strategies under uncertain prices and costs / Gazheli, Ardjan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
In this paper we study a community or firm considering to diversify its investment in two distinct renewable energy technologies, namely wind and solar PV electricity. We assume technological learning curves as a function of cumulative capital investment. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.rser.2017.09.096
Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, Vol. 82, part 3 (Feb. 2018) , p. 2693-2704  
2018-04-06
13:28
17 p, 199.2 KB Carbon pricing in climate policy : seven reasons, complementary instruments, and political economy considerations / Baranzini, Andrea (Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève) ; Carattini, Stefano (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) ; Howarth, Richard B. (Dartmouth College) ; Padilla, Emilio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d’Economia Aplicada) ; Roca, Jordi (Universitat de Barcelona. Departament d'Economia) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Carbon pricing is a recurrent theme in debates on climate policy. Discarded at the 2009 COP in Copenhagen, it remained part of deliberations for a climate agreement in subsequent years. As there is still much misunderstanding about the many reasons to implement a global carbon price, ideological resistance against it prospers. [...]
2017 - 10.1002/wcc.462
Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change, Vol. 8, issue 4 (Jul./Aug. 2017) , e462  
2018-03-06
12:51
11 p, 1.5 MB Global impact of a climate treaty if the Human Development Index replaces GDP as a welfare proxy / Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Botzen, W. J. Wouter (Universiteit Utrecht)
This study explores the implications of shifting the narrative of climate policy evaluation from one of costs/benefits or economic growth to a message of improving social welfare. Focusing on the costs of mitigation and the associated impacts on gross domestic product (GDP) may translate into a widespread concern that a climate agreement will be very costly. [...]
2018 - 10.1080/14693062.2016.1227954
Climate policy, Vol. 18, issue 1 (2018) , p. 76-85  
2016-06-29
15:27
12 p, 484.4 KB Values of natural and human-made wetlands : a meta-analysis / Ghermandi, Andrea (Università Ca' Foscari. Dipartimento di Economia) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Brander, Luke M. (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Instituut voor Milieuvraagstukken) ; Groot, Henri L. F. de (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Afdeling Ruimtelijke Economie) ; Nunes, Paulo A. L. D. (Università Ca' Foscari. Dipartimento di Economia)
The values of goods and services provided by wetland ecosystems are examined through a meta-analysis of an expanded database of wetland value estimates and with a focus on human-made wetlands. This study extends and improves upon previous meta-analyses of the wetland valuation literature in terms of the number of observations, geographical coverage, wetland class and integrity, and the measurement of the effects of scarcity and anthropogenic pressure. [...]
2010 - 10.1029/2010WR009071
Water resources research, Vol. 46, article W12516 (2010)  
2016-06-29
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12 p, 1012.0 KB Trade-based estimation of bluefin tuna catches in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, 2005–2011 / Gagern, Antonius von (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals) ; Sumaila, Ussif Rashid (University of British Columbia)
The Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean stock of Bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (BFTE) has long been considered overfished and at risk of collapse. Although ICCAT quotas for this stock have decreased considerably over the past years, uncertainty exists about the degree of catch beyond this quota. [...]
2013 - 10.1371/journal.pone.0069959
PLoS ONE, Vol., Issue 7 (July 2013) , p. e69959