Discounting and the representative median agent

Working paper by Johannes Emmerling, Ben Groom, Tanja Wettingfeld on 24 Jul 2017

Social discount rates (SDRs) are used in cost–benefit analysis to determine the present value of future costs and benefits: for example, to determine how much today’s society should invest in … read more »

The rationale for energy efficiency policy: Assessing the recognition of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency retrofit policy

Research article by N. Kerr, Andy Gouldson, John Barrett on 23 Jul 2017

The rationale for energy efficiency policy can be framed in terms of a variety of different benefits. This paper considers how different benefits have been used within the overall rationale for energy efficient retrofit policy in different contexts. We posit that different rationales may be used for the same policy response, and that the form […]

Uncovering blind spots in urban carbon management: the role of consumption-based carbon accounting in Bristol, UK

Research article by Andy Gouldson, Joel Millward-Hopkins, Kate Scott, John Barrett, Andrew Sudmant on 23 Jun 2017

The rapid urbanisation of the twentieth century, along with the spread of high-consumption urban lifestyles, has led to cities becoming the dominant drivers of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing these impacts is crucial, but production-based frameworks of carbon measurement and mitigation—which encompass only a limited part of cities’ carbon footprints—are much more developed and […]