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Sustainability

News Sustainability

  • 27 Sep 2018Press release

    Economic knowledge and understanding aid environmental transitions
    Inaugural address by Professor Herman Vollebergh

    PERSBERICHT 27 september 2018 - Environmental concerns loom larger than ever before. While the Paris Agreement evinces an ambitious challenge, politicians are struggling to press ahead and in the Netherlands, too, it remains to be seen whether this climate agreement initiates the great leap forwards. At the same time, criticism of the science of economics is rising, fueled by Kate Raworth’s advocacy of ‘doughnut economics’. She argues that economists have next to nothing to say about the structural social changes deemed necessary, ‘transitions’, given their preoccupation with non-existing rational people in a too limited linear world. Read more

  • 04 Oct 2016Press release

    Green car taxes: Lower CO2 emissions
    PRESS RELEASE 3-10-2016 - 12% of the total CO2 emissions in the EU is caused by private cars. Therefore the EU pursues an active policy to reduce these CO2 emissions by means of green car taxes, stimulating the purchase of cleaner cars. Consumers react to higher taxes by trading their ‘polluting’ gasoline-powered vehicles for ‘cleaner’ (i.e., less CO2-emitting) diesel-powered cars. However, this will possibly lead to more particulate matter emissions. Read more

  • 12 Jan 2016Press release

    Lower energy bills lead to higher energy demand
    PRESS RELEASE 11-1-2016 - Household energy consumption is decreasing thanks to energy efficiency policies but, as a result of the lower energy bill, consumers use more energy. The effect is that approximately one third of the energy efficiency gains is cancelled out. This is concluded by economist Erdal Aydin in his PhD thesis, which he will defend on January 13, 2016, at Tilburg University.

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  • 15 Sep 2014Press release

    Risks climate engineering are manageable
    The concerns about regulating climate engineering are out of proportion, states Jesse Reynolds on the grounds of his PhD research. He will defend his thesis at Tilburg University on September 22nd. Reynolds proposes to set up an international institution to facilitate and help regulate climate engineering field experiments worldwide. Read more