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Damned if you do, damned if you do not: reduced climate impact vs. sustainable forests in Sweden
Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, S-901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, S-901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)In: Resources and Energy Economics, ISSN 0928-7655, E-ISSN 1873-0221, Vol. 33, no 1, 94-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main objective of this paper is to analyze the potential goal conflict between two of Sweden's environmental objectives: Sustainable Forests and Reduced Climate Impact – or, more precisely, the conflict between forest conservation and the supply of wood fuel. To accomplish this, we use a forest sector model that includes the suppliers and major users of roundwood. The econometric results, based on a data set that spans 40 years, show that all the own price elasticities have the expected signs. Among the three forestry products, the supply and (long-term) demand of forest fuel seems to be most sensitive to a price change. In a second step, the estimated model is used to simulate the effect of increased forest conservation – the Sustainable Forest objective – on the supply of wood fuel. If oil is used as a substitute, Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases will increase by almost 0.92 percent, which indicates a clear conflict with the Reduced Climate Impact objective.

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Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 33, no 1, 94-106 p.
Keyword [en]
goal conflict, wood fuels, forest sector model, roundwood markets, forest conservation
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Economics Environmental Sciences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31436DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2010.01.004ISI: 000286999100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-31436DiVA: diva2:293044
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Available online 1 February 2010

Available from: 2010-02-10 Created: 2010-02-10 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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