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Moving towards a More Sustainable World : four Essays on Renewable Energy, Emissions Trading, and Environmental Behaviour

Schusser, Sandra (2021). Moving towards a More Sustainable World : four Essays on Renewable Energy, Emissions Trading, and Environmental Behaviour. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-726-7
eISBN 978-91-7760-727-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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Abstract

Reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions is essential to fight climate change. In addition, private consumption patterns have effects on emissions and the sustainable use of natural resources. This thesis examines the effect of certain environmental policies on Swedish industries and its greenhouse gas emissions, and also analyses household consumption patterns of environmental goods.
The EU emission trading system (ETS) is a market-based instrument to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its effectiveness is under constant scrutiny, in particular since regulatory changes of the third phase are expected to have larger impacts on carbon emissions. An empirical study is conducted to evaluate the effect of the different phases of the EU emission trading system on firms’ carbon emissions and, on their low-carbon innovation activity. Results indicate that low-carbon patenting and environmental and air-related investments in firms regulated by the emission trading system have increased over time, but emissions did not decrease. Swedish firms regulated by the ETS showed better economic indicators during the first phase.
When the ETS was introduced, Sweden already had in place an energy policy with the goal to increase renewable energy capacities. It is analysed whether the combination of these two systems results in counterproductive price signals. The results suggest that this is not the case.
Sustainable consumption patterns must complement sustainable production. Therefore, the thesis also studies the relation of households’ green consumption and behaviour patterns, and finds that households’ willingness to pay for environmental goods in different domains tend to be complements whereas behaviours tend to be substitutes.

Authors/Creators:Schusser, Sandra
Title:Moving towards a More Sustainable World : four Essays on Renewable Energy, Emissions Trading, and Environmental Behaviour
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2021
Number:2021:24
Number of Pages:56
Publisher:Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-726-7
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-727-4
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:carbon emissions, EU emissions trading system, green certificates, low-carbon innovation, policy evaluation, pro-environmental behaviour, renewable energy
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111856
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111856
ID Code:23715
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
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Deposited On:20 May 2021 07:03
Metadata Last Modified:21 May 2021 13:23

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