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Energy Use and Sustainable Development: International Workshop 2 in Ann Arbor, USA

Energy is at the core of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7) focuses on access to affordable, reliable, sustainable energy for all and creating new economic opportunities and jobs, empower women, children and youth, provide better education and health, create more sustainable, equitable and inclusive communities, and greater protections from, and resilience to, climate change. The workshop takes place in Ann Arbor and explores these interconnections and is a follow-up to the 28th May 2018 workshop.



1. Sustainable Development and the Energy sector: Tradeoffs and Inconsistencies

17:00 – 17:30 hrs

2. Employment impact of Renewable Energy

17:30 – 18:00 hrs

3. Nudges, networks and social preferences in public goods experiments

18:00 – 18:30 hrs

4. Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Goals in the EU

18:30-19:00 hrs

General Discussion

19:00 – 19:30 hrs


Paper 1 sets up a conceptual framework within which to study the interlinkages and impact of SDG 7 on other SDGs. In paper 2, the authors investigate the employment impact of renewable energy by soft-linking the energy sector to the economy and measuring the direct and indirect employment impacts of the shift towards renewable energy in Sweden. Providing information about energy use of neighbors has been a ‘nudge’ that effectively decreases energy use. Paper 3 presents a framework for analyzing how nudges can be used to affect individual choices in the context of public goods games. The goal of paper 4 is to examine the renewable energy in Sweden and asses the trade-off with other Sustainable Development Goals via renewable energy impacts on energy prices.

Organizer: Professor Ranjula Bali Swain, Ranjula.Bali@hhs.se

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