ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

La asociación Amics de la UAB premia al ICTA-UAB

L’ICTA-UAB va rebre un dels premis que l’associació Amics de la UAB lliura cada any en el marc de la Festa Amics UAB.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

ICTA-UAB will host the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes with the aim of exploring the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation.

Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

People tend to pay more attention to how much food they are eating, than with how rich their diet is in essential micronutrients like iron.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.
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Jeroen van den Bergh
Jeroen van den Bergh

Jeroen van den Bergh is ICREA Research Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is also professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Faculty of Economics & Business Administration and the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Previously, he was professor of Environmental Economics (1997-2007) at VU University Amsterdam, and a member of the Energy Council of the Netherlands (2003-2007). He obtained a Master degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Tilburg University, and a PhD in Economics from VU University Amsterdam. He published 16 books and more than 170 journal articles. He was awarded the Royal Shell Prize 2002 and the IEC Environmental Prize (Premi Sant Jordi de Medi Ambient) 2011, and received awards for several publications. He is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal "Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions": http://www.journals.elsevier.com/environmental-innovation-and-societal-transitions.

Research interests

The intersection of economics, environmental science and innovation studies. Past work covered integrated environmental-economic modelling, construction of aggregate performance indicators, contributions to the growth-versus-environment debate, economic aspects of dematerialization and recycling, and spatial and international aspects of environmental policy. Work in recent years is focused on environmental innovation (notably renewable energy), the design and cost of effective climate policy, carbon and energy rebound, and modelling the transition to a low-carbon economy. He makes frequent use of insights and approaches of behavioral and evolutionary economics.

Key Words

Environmental and resource economics | Energy and climate economics | Environmental science and ecological economics | Evolutionary economics and innovation studies | Spatial (regional, transport and urban) economics

 

Recent publications

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Public views on economic growth, the environment and prosperity: Results of a questionnaire survey. Global Environmental Change http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300371

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Green growth and climate change: Conceptual and empirical considerations. Climate Policy 16(2): 165-177.

- Calvet-Mir, L., Maestre Andrés, S., J.L. Molina, and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). Participation in protected areas: A social network case study in Catalonia, Spain. Ecology and Society 20(4): http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07989-200445.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2015). Climate treaty: Pricing would limit carbon rebound. Nature 526: 195.

- Gsottbauer, E., I. Logar and J. van den Bergh (2015). Towards a fair, constructive and consistent criticism of all valuation languages: Comment on Kallis et al. (2013). Ecological Economics 112: 164-169.

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). What explains public support for climate policies? A review of empirical studies. Climate Policy, DOI:10.1080/14693062.2015.1058240.

- van den Bergh, J., C. Folke, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer and W. Steffen (2015). What if solar energy becomes really cheap? A thought experiment on environmental problem shifting. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 170-179. 

- Garcia-Sierra, M., J. van den Bergh and C. Miralles (2015). Behavioural economics, travel behaviour and environmental-transport policy. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment  41: 288-305.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and F. Grazi (2015). Reply to the first systematic response by the Global Footprint Network to criticism: A real debate finally? Ecological Indicators 58: 458-463.

- Grazi, F., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Footprint Policy? Land use as an environmental indicator. Journal of Industrial Ecology 18(1): 10-19.

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Re-spending rebound: A macro-level assessment for OECD countries and emerging economies. Energy Policy 68: 585-590.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and W. Botzen (2014), A lower bound to the social cost of CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 4(April): 253-258.

- Gsottbauer, E., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Environmental policy when pollutive consumption is sensitive to advertising: Norms versus status. Ecological Economics 107: 39-50.

- Subtil Lacerda. J., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). International diffusion of environmental innovations: Lessons from the lead markets for wind power in China, Germany and USA, Energies 7: 8236-8263.

- Kreibich, H., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, I. Logar,V. Meyer, R. Schwarze, and A.H. Thieken (2014). Costing natural hazards. Nature Climate Change 4(May): 303-306.

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