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Blogpost: What made California successful in climate policy?

I’m on my way to Sacramento, the capital of California. The grass is brown and the air is yellowish and hazy due to fires. In a week from now the fires will spread rapidly, consume homes and vineyards in the wine districts north of San Francisco and kill more than 20 people. The fires fuel the debate of climate change and strengthen the engagement from people and politicians in California. One may think that with Trump as United States’ president climate action has halted in the US. But not here in California. Jerry Brown, the governor said “The denial of climate change is something going on in Trump’s head, nowhere else”. Indeed, here in California, droughts and fires have plagued the state for several years, and the public support for climate action is strong.

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Policy brief: Five myths about an EU ETS carbon price floor

The brief outlines different perspectives on the past performance of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in terms of its allowance price (Section 1), analyses how the recent reform responded to related challenges (Section 2), and considers the case for introducing a carbon price floor in the EU ETS (Section 3). The main part of the brief (Section 4) identifies five myths in the debate of an EU ETS price floor and critically confronts them. Section 5 concludes by discussing potential entry points for introducing a carbon price floor in the context of the upcoming EU climate policy process.

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Comment on UN's IPCC climate report (Ny Teknik, in Swedish): Three methods for negative emissions

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Lars Zetterberg, IVL, Program director Mistra Carbon Exit and Filip Johnsson, Chalmers, Vice Program Director Mistra Carbon Exit, comments on the report in Ny Teknik.

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NewsKerstin Kristoferson
Opinion piece (in Swedish): Sweden's climate policy and objectives should be broadened

Sverige gick i spetsen för att reformera EU:s system för handel med utsläppsrätter förra året. Förändringen innebär en mycket stor klimatnytta eftersom utsläppsrätter framöver kommer att annulleras när utsläppen minskar mer än tänkt. Nu bör Sverige inkludera utsläppen från den "handlande sektorn" i vår nationella klimatpolitik och våra klimatmål. Då kan utsläppen minska snabbare, skriver Lars Zetterberg, IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet och programchef för Mistra Carbon Exit, och Jessica Henryson, Westander i en debattartikel i Svenska Dagbladet.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Focus groups on Swedish leadership, niche markets and low carbon business models

Last week marked the start of focus group interviews that contribute to Mistra Carbon Exit Work Package 3. Feeding particularly into the project Focus groups on Swedish leadership, niche markets and low carbon business models, the group interviews aim to examine how sustainable societies and climate leadership are made sense of by key actors. More precisely the focus is to elaborate how different actors, including Swedish industry representatives, and representatives of Swedish environment politics and administration, perceive efforts towards achieving Sweden’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Uppsala awarded this year's Global Climate City

Uppsala Municipality, one of Mistra Carbon Exits partners, mainly working in the local arenas case study, has been awarded this year's Global Climate City in WWF's urban challenge One Planet City Challenge.

The jury's motivation states, among other things, that "Uppsala has ambitious, innovative and scientifically set goals, for example renewable energy and sustainable mobility. Investments in transport infrastructure were especially appreciated by the jury. Although Uppsala is a small city, the jury believes it serves as a global model."

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Mistra Carbon Exit at the Swedish Climate Policy Council

In September Frances Sprei, Chalmers and Mistra Carbon Exit and Daniel Johansson, Chalmers and leader of Mistra Carbon Exit case study on transport, were invited to the Swedish Climate Policy Council to present their research.

 - The presentation focused on what part autonomous vehicles can play for the development of the Swedish transport system, focusing on passenger transport and related impacts on the sector's energy use and CO2 emissions, says Daniel Johansson.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness now available in English

The roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness describe how each sector can increase their competitiveness by phasing out fossil fuels. Several representatives from Mistra Carbon Exit have been involved in the development of roadmaps for the Concrete industry and the Construction industry. A summary of the first nine roadmaps that have been presented to the Government is now available in English.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Impres case studies now completed

The CCC research project Impres, coordinated with Mistra Carbon Exit, has now completed case studies in USA, Australia, UK, Netherlands and Sweden. The Impres team has interviewed key actors in major infrastructure projects on their experiences from implementing procurement requirements for reduced carbon emissions during construction, operation and maintenance.

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Opinion piece (in Swedish): Sweden has a chance to reduce EU emissions

Sweden played a very important role in reforming the EU's trading system so that the emission gap will decrease by 2.4 billion tonnes. It is almost 50 times more than the annual Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases. Sweden should now proceed with two important proposals for further emission reductions, writes MIstra Carbon Exit researcher and Program director Lars Zetterberg, IVL.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
The unavoidable industrial transformation challenge

The value chains that are in focus in the Mistra Carbon Exit case studies all include energyintensive material producers playing a pivotal role. For buildings and transport infrastructure alike, cement and steel production are essential materials, but also have some of the most energy- and emissions intensive production processes of any sector in the economy.

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“The future is electric, automated and connected” - Report from the Mistra Carbon Exit session at WCERE 2018

On the 26th of June Mistra Carbon Exit organized a conference session as part of the official program of World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Several researchers from Mistra Carbon Exit, together with speakers from the programs industry partners, discussed challenges and opportunities regarding the development of automatous and electrified cars as well as increased shared mobility.

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Kerstin Kristoferson
Innovation competition for zero emissions infrastructure - Mistra Carbon Exit part of the winning team

Over the course of a year, two competing teams have addressed a crucial question: How can Sweden reach zero emissions of greenhouse gases in the infrastructure sector by 2045? Martin Erlandsson, LCA expert at IVL and research fellow in Mistra Carbon Exit was part of the Blue team that won the category "Transformative Complete Solution for zero emissions".

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Growing Demand for Electric Cars Poses a Challenge for the Energy Sector

If the German government wants to massively increase the amount of electric cars on German roads, this will present new challenges for the energy sector. One particular problem are the distribution grids, which are currently ill-prepared for the additional demand that would be generated by an increased number of households with electric cars. This is the central finding of the latest ZEW Energy Market Barometer, a survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, among energy market experts.

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Companion Policies under Capped Systems and Implications for Efficiency—The North American Experience and Lessons in the EU Context

This paper by Mistra Carbon Exit research fellows, Dallas Burtraw, RFF, Lars Zetterberg, IVL and Amelia Keyes, RFF,  reviews the interaction of cap and trade with other (companion) air quality and sectoral policies and discusses mechanisms that address inefficiencies, with lessons for the EU.

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