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For governments and authorities to serve citizens well, we believe they need access to a broad spectrum of reliable sources of advice. This is especially true when crafting policy at a systemic level. The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation has been in operation since 1995 to offer alternative, sustainable views of economic policy. Our own experts and network of  thought leaders offers extensive insights into alternative approaches to sustainable prosperity.

 The Foundation is  a speaking partner for policy makers, offering systemic approaches and solutions to the challenge of developing society in a sustainable way. As we are not affiliated to any political or religious persuasion, nor aligned with any corporate sphere of influence, the advice we offer is neutral and, we hope, practical.

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US Council promotes mechanism for Carbon Dividend plan similar to TSSEF’s proposal

The New York times from 8th Feb 2017  carries an article announcing a carbon dividend plan put forward by leading Republicans including James A. Baker III, Treasury secretary for President Ronald Reagan and secretary of state for President George H. W. Bush; Henry M. Paulson Jr., Treasury secretary for President George W. Bush; George P. Shultz, Treasury secretary for President Richard Nixon and secretary of state for Mr. Reagan; Thomas Stephenson, a partner at Sequoia Capital, a venture-capital firm; and Rob Walton, who recently completed 23 years as chairman of Walmart.

According to the article, this plan will “reduce carbon emissions, limit regulatory intrusion, promote economic growth, help working-class Americans and prove durable when the political winds change”. Read more »

A new economic paradigm, Flexible emission fees, General

Republicans mirror Swedish approach in proposing Carbon Dividends

PRESS RELEASE

Stockholm 2017 03 01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A group of prominent Republicans last week released their proposal for a Carbon Dividend – a fee on fossil carbon use and imports where the dividends go back to taxpayers. Interestingly, in 2005  The Swedish economic growth agency NUTEK and later the Nordic Council of Ministers investigated this kind of instrument developed and promoted in Sweden by the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation, since 2005.

The republican proposal comes from an organization called the Climate Leadership Council, authors include James A. Baker III, Treasury secretary for President Ronald Reagan and secretary of state for President George H. W. Bush; Henry M. Paulson Jr., Treasury secretary for President George W. Bush; George P. Shultz, Treasury secretary for President Richard Nixon and secretary of state for Mr. Reagan; Thomas Stephenson, a partner at Sequoia Capital, a venture-capital firm; and Rob Walton, who recently completed 23 years as chairman of Walmart.

The idea of a progressive carbon tax, with dividend, was put forward in 2005 in a publication A Flexible Pollution Tax from NUTEK, the Swedish Agency for economic and regional growth. This publication was followed by a report from the Nordic Council in 2012: Flexible Emission Fees: An Incentive for Driving Sustainable Production and Consumption.

The Climate Leadership Council and Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation maintain that putting a levy on fossil carbon in products – and raising it at regular intervals whilst the money goes back to citizens as a dividend – sends the market a clear message with a clear path to the future. This allows them to plan, innovate and invest in a competitive but fair environment. And the bottom 70 percent of citizens come off better.

The basic concept for this kind of levy, the main focus of the two Swedish reports, came from Anders L Höglund of the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation. Says Anders: “It is heartening to see senior  US republicans understanding that the power of the free market can be used to reach environmental goals, rather than relying on regulations. I really hope President Trump listens and understands that Swedes and Americans have much in common when it comes to economic policy. I hope too that the Swedish Government takes time to understand the proposal given its recent law on  de-fossilization. The law prescribes reductions in areas which will ht the economy the hardest.  The better alternative is to harness the the power of the market to usher in the innovations so badly needed”.

For more information

  • The Council for Climate Leadership www.clcouncil.org
  • The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation tssef.se
  • TSSEF Contact person: Stephen Hinton (Board Member) +46730311625
The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation, established in 1995, develops and promotes systemic approaches and solutions to the challenge of developing society in a sustainable way. The Mission of the Foundation is to promote the development of the preconditions of sustainability -clean air and water – through the application of financial instruments at national level and the spread of macroeconomic systemic solutions. The Foundation takes a non-political, holistic approach to promoting these solutions through research and development, education, spread of information and various cooperation projects, including humanitarian initiatives.
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Latest news, PRESS

Regeringens historisk klimatreform för Sverige

2017-02-23

Regeringen har i dag beslutat om ett förslag till ett klimatpolitiskt ramverk för Sverige. Klimatlagen och nya klimatmål ska ge Sverige en ambitiös, långsiktig och stabil klimatpolitik.

Regeringen ska i budgetpropositionen varje år lämna en klimatredovisning till riksdagen och ta fram en klimathandlingsplan varje mandatperiod.

Regeringen föreslår, som ett långsiktigt klimatmål, att Sverige senast år 2045 inte ska ha några nettoutsläpp av växthusgaser till atmosfären.

Lagrådet skall säga sitt först innan den träder ikraft

http://www.regeringen.se/48fe4b/contentassets/7b33bbdda7e24f54b86c09c4463b826d/faktablad-lagradsremiss-om-ett-klimatpolitiskt-ramverk-for-sverige.pdf

Milstolpe hållbarhetsreglering, På svenska

Environmental Fiscal Reform Newsletter February 2017

Most planning rests on the assumption that tomorrow will be like yesterday. We are seeing signs that the very basis for our economy may change rapidly. TSSEF urges strategists to pay attention to the interface between land functioning – ongoing changes, the nature of the firm, and where money is being invested. Careful consideration of these factors will help your firm navigate the future. Read more »

EFR Newsletter

The Baltic: a dying sea on the doorstep of industrial giants

At a Stockholm seminar on the 18th January held by the Baltic Works Commission, scientists, government officials and NGOs came together to discuss the dying briny depths on their doorstep: the Baltic Sea. The general consensus is one of emergency where technology provides an as yet unproven ray of hope. This is only if the countries surrounding the Baltic are ready for bold investments, policy changes and some bold pilot studies. If nothing is done, the nutrients contained in the dead sea floor could flow into the water body and – worst case – cause the whole sea to turn in to a dead algal soup. Read more »

General, Latest news

Sverige utan nettoutsläpp av växthusgaser 2050

Naturvårdsverket har på regeringens uppdrag tagit fram ett underlag till en färdplan för ett Sverige utan nettoutsläpp av växthusgaser 2050. Read more »

Milstolpe hållbarhetsreglering, På svenska

Östersjöseminiarium 18 januari, Stockholm

Stiftelsen deltar i Östersjöseminarium 18 januari, 2017, på Norra Latin

KTH och Baltic Works Commission hälsar dig välkommen till en dag med information om hur Östersjöns övergödning och miljöutmaningar bör mötas med en förnyad åtgärdspolicy för att klara miljökvalitetsmål och generationsmålet.

Ladda ner program

Anmälan till info@teknikmarknad.se,
Senaste anmälningsdag 31 december

Events, På svenska

(Swedish) 20 år att rädda Östersjön

Fokus: Övergödning genom internläckage i Ösersjön
Arrangör: KTH och Baltic Works Commission
Tid: 18 januari 2017
Plats: Stockholm City Conference Centre, Norra Latin,
Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm

Östersjön står inför stora utmaningar när det gäller att möta den ökande övergödningen. Nya lösningar behövs som kan ge Östersjön god status inom rimliga kostnads- och tidsramar. Lösningar som också ger svar på de utmaningar om internläckage av fosfor som regeringen beskriver i budgetpropositionen 2016. Read more »

General

Environmental Fiscal Reform Newsletter December 2017

As President Elect Donald Trump recruits staff, the prospects of an economy running clean seem further away than ever. There are some rays of hope, however. Read more »

EFR Newsletter

(Swedish) Seminar Östersjön om 20 år 18 januari 2017 Stockholm

Fokus: Övergödning genom internläckage i Ösersjön
Arrangör: KTH och Baltic Works Commission
Tid: 18 januari 2017
Plats: Stockholm City Conference Centre, Norra Latin,
Drottninggatan 71B, Stockholm

Östersjön står inför stora utmaningar när det gäller att möta den ökande övergödningen. Nya lösningar behövs som kan ge Östersjön god status inom rimliga kostnads- och tidsramar. Lösningar som också ger svar på de utmaningar om internläckage av fosfor som regeringen beskriver i budgetpropositionen 2016. Read more »

Events, Latest news, På svenska