Sustainable transformation to sustainability

Project managerKatinka Holtsmark
ClientNorges Forskningsråd
Client project no.268174
ParticipantsRolf Golombek
Mads Greaker
Bård Harstad
Karen Evelyn Hauge
Michael Hoel
Katinka Holtsmark
Jon Hovi
Snorre Kverndokk
Christian Traeger
Period2017 - 2021

Project description

This project examines some of the key factors necessary to transform Norway to a low-emission society: - Policy choice: Which of the available climate policy options will be chosen and implemented in a democratic society? - Policy response: Green policies may fail to work as expected if actors respond differently to the policy than anticipated. How may social, psychological and other motivations influence the effects of common policy instruments in the climate field? - Green technology policy: Most investments in green R&D take place abroad. This suggests that Norway should have a two-sided strategy: push for international agreements that spur green R&D, and also implement domestic instruments to trigger more, and efficient, green R&D. How can an international green R&D agreement be designed, and how should Norway design its green R&D policy? - The interaction of policies for petroleum extraction and emission abatement: Extraction of Norwegian oil and gas tend to increase emissions of CO2, thereby undermining the goal of a reaching a low-emission society. However, extraction of natural gas may reduce the use of coal and thus contribute to lower global emissions in the short run. On the other hand, extraction of oil and natural gas reduce energy prices, which reduces incentives for investments in green R&D. How should Norway, with its stated goal of becoming a low-emissions society, balance these concerns?


Scientific Journal

Hauge, Karen Evelyn, Kjell Arne Brekke, Karine Nyborg, Jo Thori LindSustaining cooperation through self-sorting: The good, the bad, and the conditional2019Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol 116(12), 5299-5304[PDF] [DOI]
Egorov, G., B. HarstadPrivate Politics and Public Regulation2017The Review of Economic Studies Vol 84(4), 1652-1682[PDF] [DOI]