simulationstageAligning economic policy to physical constraints and people’s needs

Length: 0.5-2 days
Purpose: to simulate how flexible fees stimulate the circular economy to develop, giving you insights into how economy, ecology and sustainability overlap and what can be done practically and on policy level to manage in an age of constraints.

Scope: Simulations are tailored to focus on broad principles narrower issues including

  • The transition from fossil energy to renewables
  • Reducing the C,P and N food footprint
  • Consumer-driven demand for circular economy products

Who are simulations for?

  • Policy advisers and makers at national and municipal level.
  • Environmentally interested national economists.
  • Economy interested environmentalists.
  • Those working politically as there is a lot to learn about policy making.
  • Those working in communicating about environment and fiscal policy.

Why attend? Get ahead fast by learning through simulation to gain insights otherwise hard to access
Main contents: Introduction to the fee mechanism applied to mineral and fossil fuel resource use, climate system and land degradation
Includes: Economic, practical and psychological perspectives – how clean-tech, fees and policy interact with perceptions.

Should there not, many argue, be a market mechanism by which industrial emissions are curbed? Market -based instruments to encourage recycling and land restoration?. Why are these mechanisms in their infancy? Should we not be learning more about these methods and developing them?

Of course, but market mechanisms are emotional as well as logical – so we need a way to explore emission-curbing market mechanisms in the economic, practical and psychological dimensions. Simulation is a great way to get to understand these policy instruments up close, and to explore your own assumptions.


The picture above shows one of the graphs that are produced during the simulation to stimulate dialogue. The aim of the simulation is to use changes in fees ( along with persuasive communication) to influence purchase behaviour without stressing enterprises into bankruptcy.

Some questions the simulation workshop explores:

  • How does a market-set pollution price mechanism work?
  • How to apply market-based instruments to eco-systems?
  • How does WHAT we say when we change fees affect HOW purchasers behave?
  • Under which conditions will a fees scheme stimulate investment in clean-tech?
  • How would businesses react to a market – set price on emissions?
  • Can emissions traders with large amounts of money and the intention to minimize emissions influence the clean-tech market?
  • What are the conditions for a market which would stimulate rapid development towards zero emissions?
  • How does investment in clean-tech affect economic growth and tax income?

After introductory rounds of the simulation, participants are divided into interest groups, and the simulation is continued with adaptations based on the purpose for the session.

Debriefing, and learning sessions are carried out between rounds to ensure participants get the maximum learning out of the experience.

All participants are provided with a compendium for personal follow up and further reflection, including the scores from each round and accompanying graphs.

Our simulation workshops explained:

  • Based on models developed by Anders Höglund
  • Simplified so you can concentrate on overview
  • For business leaders, government officials, politicians and activists
  • Generates statistics in real time
  • Provides a framework for discussion, debate and reflection
  • Different rounds allow you to test different kinds of communication and economic strategies


  • Computer-based
  • Up to six groups
  • Max 50 participants
  • 2-8 hours
  • Experience the world of market based instruments and fees for yourself!


Number of participants: 10-50

Price: Ask for offer.
Download the datasheet (pdf) brochure_simulation

Locations: can be played out in a small group, in a fish-bowl setting with an audience or over online conferencing.


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See the short instruction video.

Read about flexible pollutant fees on TSSEF’s web page
See the video on flexible fees/surcharges

Environmental Fiscal Reform Further explanation
Download the white paper on mineral recycling, fossil fuel limitation and eco-system service improvement with market based instruments.





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