Coursebooks

Climate economics for engineers

ENV-724

Lecturer(s) :

Thalmann Philippe
Vielle Marc
Vöhringer Frank

Language:

English

Frequency

Every 2 years

Remark

Next time: Fall 2020, Min. 5 persons, online course

Summary

The course introduces non economists to the economic analysis of climate change: economic activity and climate change, estimation of climate impacts, optimal mitigation and adaptation, national and international climate policy, instruments for climate policy.

Content

Economic activity as a source of greenhouse gases, climate scenarios

Impacts of climate change: valuation and uncertainty, net costs (aggregation, intergenerational discounting)

Adaptation to climate change

Mitigation: mitigation as a public good, efficiency and sufficiency, abatement measures, marginal abatement cost curves, innovation

Solar radiation management: economics and governance

Instruments for climate policy: voluntary approaches, regulation, economic instruments

Climate policy: Swiss climate policy, international climate policy, prisoner's dilemma, cooperation, climate risk mitigation game

Keywords

climate change
economics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Env-620 "Environmental Economics for Engineers"

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Assessment methods

Success in the course requires:

a)     regular attendance; a justified explanation is required for missed classes

b)     active participation in class

c)     an oral presentation with slides during the last class

Resources

Bibliography

Stern, N. (2015) Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change. Cambridge, MA, USA, MIT Press
OECD (2009) The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, Paris, France: OECD

Ressources en bibliothèque

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  • Autumn semester
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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German