Research Director for the climate economics group
Steffen has worked at CICERO since 2002. He was initially hired to program our first computable general equilibrium model, and started a PhD on the effectiveness and acceptability of environmental taxes two years later. After completing his PhD in 2008 he has managed research projects on environmental taxes, transport policy, behavioural interventions ("nudges"), and energy efficiency. He was Research Director of the Climate Policy unit in 2012 and 2013, and the Climate Economics Unit from 2014 to 2017. From 2014 to 2019 Steffen was Director of our FME-center CICEP Center for International Climate and Energy Policy, and much of his outreach and research focused on the Paris Agreement. Since 2019 he has led the climate economics group.
Steffen's primary research interest is climate policy instruments. He leads two projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, "Aviate" on the role of aviation in a low-carbon society and "Enable" on enabling the green transition in Norway.
Most of Steffen's research is based on use surveys, lab and field experiments.
Aviation needs bolder approaches to climate change than carbon offsets and cleaner fuels
The aviation industry’s response to climate change relies mainly on cleaner fuels and carbon offsetting. Government and industry must experiment with other approaches to bring the climate impact of aviation closer to zero, argues researchers in a Nature commentary.
Transport | Technology for change | Atmospheric particles | Carbon emissions globally
AVIATE: How can aviation contribute to a low-carbon society?
The AVIATE (Aviation in a low-carbon society) project will provide better understanding of the climate impact of aviation, both for Norway and globally, and explore options for reducing that impact.
Emission scenarios | Transport | Atmospheric particles | International climate policy | Consumer behaviour | Carbon emissions Norway | Carbon emissions globally
SHAREON - sharing economy - motivations, barriers and climate effects
SHAREON was a project that looked at the sharing economy and what climate effects sharing can have for both those involved in a project and society around.
Circular economy | Climate transition in Norwegian municipalities
Politically Feasible Renewable Energy Development: The Role of Public Acceptance
Politically Feasible Renewable Energy Development: The Role of Public Acceptance.
The over-arching task of this project is to study the political feasibility of the low carbon energy policy transition initiated by the EU. In order to adopt and implement efficient policies at the regional, national and local level, public acceptance for policy change will be crucial.
Renewable energy | Acceptance