This paper studies the Swedish prohibition of the hazardous solvent Trichloroethylene (TCE).Sweden is alone in completely prohibiting its use. The ban has been at best a partial success andillustrates the dilemmas of policymaking. Use has declined but not stopped, largely because the decisionto ban TCE was challenged in the courts. Recently, the EU Court of Justice decided in favor of Sweden’sright to have a ban. This article analyzes abatement cost data to show that the cost of replacing TCE islow for most plants, although there appear to be a few firms for which it may be quite high. A crosscountrycomparison indicates that the Swedish ban was less effective than the very strict technicalrequirements in Germany or the tax used in Norway. A tax (or deposit refund scheme) would be a goodmechanism to achieve a swift phaseout.
Workshop/Seminar — Nov 23, 2020
Private Event: The US Wood Pellet Industry
A discussion on US forestry and land management practices
Journal Article — Nov 23, 2020
Estimating Forest Sustainability Bond Prices for Natural Resource and Ecosystem Services Markets
A journal article that introduces a sustainable forestry bond that is composed of wood products and ecosystem services, geared toward increasing the cash flow to a traditional forest bond.
Press Release — Nov 19, 2020
Sourcing Sustainably: Encouraging Greener Steel, Cement, and Natural Gas
Green public procurement programs traditionally focus on final products like cars and computers—but a new report examines the boosting potential of such programs for materials like steel, cement, and low-methane natural gas..