Results 1 - 10 of 1890
Results 1 - 10 of 1890. Search took: 0.024 seconds
|Sort by: date | relevance|
[en] Businesses are an important part of the problem in promoting good nutrition outcomes but because they are so enmeshed in the food system they must form a big part of the solution to improved nutrition. They must be engaged to do so, with carrots and sticks. This talk outlines this argument and describes some of the incentives that are available to governments who have a duty to be proactive in helping businesses do more good things and fewer bad things. (author)
[en] The ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) keeps on backing the development of renewable heat and particularly wood fuels through the selection of BCIAT projects. The projects are selected on the ratio between public financing and the amount of fossil energy spared. Since 2007 the program of BCIAT projects has allowed wood fuels to represent up to between 10 and 15% of the energy consumed in the industrial sector. A map shows that the 2012-selected BCIAT projects are quite fairly spread over all the territory. (A.C.)
[en] Current Medicare MIP measures encourage radiologists not to recommend follow-up for ≤ 1 cm adrenal nodules. However, a radiologist may be the first to discover a small, subclinical pheochromocytoma. As such, recognition of the enhancement pattern of pheochromocytoma is important to ensure detection and properly guide management, which begins with clinical and laboratory assessment for elevated catecholamines.
[en] Highlights: • Environmental collaboration is championed as the solution to water problems. • We conducted an international systematic literature review of empirical studies. • 22 broad themes were found to influence the success and failure of effective collaboration. • Importance, agreement, and compatibility of the themes vary greatly. • More research is needed on how to prioritise different themes and the politics at play. - Abstract: Bold and inventive solutions are urgently needed to safeguard the future use of water. In response, collaborative-innovation is increasingly championed. If stakeholders including water utilities, supply-chain companies, research institutions and local communities work together, share their experiences and pool ideas, meaningful change could happen, it’s argued. But effective collaboration is far from easy. For every incentive that drives collaboration forward, another barrier blocks its path. Whilst the literature offers many possible factors that influence the success (or failure) of collaborative-innovations, it remains unclear which factors are most important, where the highest agreement and disagreement exists, and if accommodating one factor creates problems for another. This is important because its not always practical, nor necessary, to apply everything from the academic literature. In this paper, we report findings from an international systematic literature review that brings together a range of studies that cross the water collaboration and water innovation divide. We identify 22 broad themes that are spread (unevenly) across the entire collaborative-innovation process; highlight how the level of attention given to each theme varies greatly; and where disagreement exists. Our research provides practical insights on how to create more effective collaborative-innovations in water and where future research should be directed.
[en] Clean energy technologies that cost more than fossil fuel technologies require support through research and development (R&D). Learning-by-doing relates historical cost decreases to accumulation of experience. A learning investment is the amount of subsidy that is required to reach cost parity between a new technology and a conventional technology. We use learning investments to compare the relative impacts of two stylized types of R&D. We define curve-following R&D to be R&D that lowers costs by producing knowledge that would have otherwise been gained through learning-by-doing. We define curve-shifting R&D to be R&D that lowers costs by producing innovations that would not have occurred through learning-by-doing. We show that if an equal investment in curve-following or curve-shifting R&D would produce the same reduction in cost, the curve-shifting R&D would be more effective at reducing the learning investment needed to make the technology competitive. The relative benefit of curve-shifting over curve-following R&D is greater with a high starting cost and low learning rate. Our analysis suggests that, other things equal, investments in curve-shifting R&D have large benefits relative to curve-following R&D. In setting research policy, governments should consider the greater benefits of cost reductions brought about by transformational rather than incremental change. - Highlights: • A stylized analysis of two types of R&D investment provided. • Other things equal, curve-shifting R&D is more effective than curve-following R&D. • Governments should consider the benefits of transformational change in setting research priorities.
[en] This memo aims to provide an overview of environmentally harmful subsidies in the Netherlands. Eliminating environmentally harmful subsidies is an important first step toward including the environmental effects in prices and weigh the use of natural resources explicitly in decisions made by citizens, businesses and governments. Particularly in the sectors energy, transport and agriculture significant amounts of environmentally harmful subsidies are available. For the Netherlands this amounts to 5-10 billion euros in 2010. The exact amount is difficult to estimate depends strongly on the definition and the method of calculation. This also goes for determining the hazardous effects on the environment.
[nl]Deze notitie beoogt een globaal overzicht te geven van milieuschadelijke subsidies in Nederland. Afschaffen van milieuschadelijke subsidies is een belangrijke eerste stap om milieu beter in de prijzen te krijgen en het beslag op natuurlijke hulpbronnen explicieter mee te wegen in beslissingen van burgers, bedrijven en overheden. Met name in de sectoren energie, verkeer en landbouw zijn nog substantiele bedragen aan milieuschadelijke subsidies te vinden. Voor geheel Nederland gaat het in 2010 om een bedrag tussen 5 en 10 miljard euro. De exacte omvang hiervan blijkt lastig te bepalen en is sterk afhankelijk van de afbakening en de wijze van berekening. Dit geldt ook voor de bepaling van de schadelijke effecten voor het milieu.
[en] While the potential adverse effects of fossil fuel subsidy reform are well documented for households, the literature has largely ignored the effect of subsidy reform on firms’ competitiveness. This paper discusses how firms are affected by, and respond to, energy price increases caused by subsidy reforms. It highlights that cost increases (both direct and indirect) do not necessarily reflect competitiveness losses, since firms have various ways to mitigate and pass on price shocks. This paper presents and discusses direct and indirect transmission channels for price shocks, and firms’ response measures: absorbing cost shocks into profits, inter-fuel substitution, increasing energy and material efficiency, and passing on price increases. It argues that further micro-econometric studies using enterprise surveys are essential for quantifying the role of these mechanisms, and for designing policy measures that ensure that competitiveness losses due to subsidy reforms are minimised. - Highlights: • Concerns about competitiveness can be a key political obstacle to subsidy reform. • Net impacts are determined by (in-)direct price shocks, and four response measures. • Policy makers need to understand impacts on firms to design effective reforms. • Enterprise surveys are key for understanding and quantifying impacts on firms.
[en] In this study the effects of both premium support application on sunflower cultivation area, production amount and support payments on producer income are investigated. In this study it is concluded that premium supports are inefficient on increasing sunflower cultivation area and production whereas it is concluded that it has an important role on producer income and in the determination of the market price. In fact, from a survey that we have carried out, it emerges that the area-based support (diesel oil, fertilizer etc. support) together with premium support increase the revenue of sunflower up to 27.74% per unit area and the gross profit in the proportion of 98.87%. This study indicates that in order to increase the sunflower production in Turkey the amounts of sunflower premium support, diesel oil and fertilizer should be rearranged in compliance with current market conditions. Moreover, for other agricultural products, the use of certified seed should also be included into agricultural support programmes. Production on well irrigated areas should be widened and the use of oil crops varieties with high oil ratio should be extended. (author)
[en] This article offers an impression of the problems related to the limited financial options for energy efficient buildings and dwellings and possible solutions. It is based on a recent ECN study (RE-BIZZ) and several interviews about this topic with financers. There is a need for a more business appreciation of market parties such as financers for energy efficiency in buildings to increase financing options. The market needs the help of the government, which can help to remove barriers and hence make financing more appealing.
[nl]Dit artikel geeft een indruk van de problematiek van het beperkte aanbod van financiering voor energiezuinige gebouwen en woningen en oplossingen daarvoor. Het is gebaseerd op een recente studie van ECN (RE-bizz) en enkele interviews met financiers over dit onderwerp. Er is behoefte aan meer zakelijke waardering van marktpartijen, zoals financiers, voor energiezuinigheid in de gebouwde omgeving wil het financieringsaanbod groter worden. De markt heeft daarbij de overheid nodig, die op verschillende manieren kan helpen om belemmeringen op te lossen en zo financiering een stuk aantrekkelijker te maken.
[en] In order to study the universality of the interactions among different markets, we analyze the cross-correlation matrix of the price of the Chinese and American bank stocks. We then find that the stock prices of the emerging market are more correlated than that of the developed market. Considering that the values of the components for the eigenvector may be positive or negative, we analyze the differences between two markets in combination with the endogenous and exogenous events which influence the financial markets. We find that the sparse pattern of components of eigenvectors out of the threshold value has no change in American bank stocks before and after the subprime crisis. However, it changes from sparse to dense for Chinese bank stocks. By using the threshold value to exclude the external factors, we simulate the interactions in financial markets. (paper)