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Environmental policy and the rebound effect

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 13 May 2019

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This lecture will discuss the main findings of the ‘Effective environmental policies in Europe in the context of rebound effects’ (EFFECT) project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Project led by Dr. David Font Vivanco.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Organiser

UCL ISR

Location

G01
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London
WC1H 0NN

Description

The EFFECT project aims at better understanding the role of unintended behavioural and systemic effects or so-called rebound effects in the effectiveness of environmental policy. The lecture will be divided into five parts. The first part will introduce the main research questions and objectives of the project. The second part will review existing efforts to address rebound effects from resource efficiency policy, with a focus on modelling needs. The third part will discuss model integration and the role of ontological consistency in the context of rebound modelling. The fourth part will present and discuss the results of a case study on the effectiveness of UK government’s subsidies on electric cars in the presence of rebound effects, with a focus on economy-wide effects captured through a novel approach combining life cycle assessment and computable general equilibrium modelling. The last part will discuss the main findings in the context of the project’s objectives.

The talk will be followed by a networking reception.

Biography

David Font Vivanco is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. His previous appointment was as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc in Industrial Ecology by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Ph.D in Industrial Ecology from Leiden University. He also has professional experience in the fields of industrial and municipal waste management and environmental economics.