Frank Convery

Frank Convery
University College Dublin | UCD · Earth Institute

MSc, PhD

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David Pearce's Blueprint for a Green Economy, based on a report for the then Conservative UK government, encouraged a major change of government view to the effect that market-based policies "offer the prospect of a more efficient and flexible response to environmental issues". The policies he refers to include taxes, charges and auctioned permits,...
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It is important for policy makers to understand the extent to which the purported benefits of energy efficiency are real, and how they can be achieved. This "reflections" aims to help the policy community understand how the literature can assist them in assessing the opportunities, challenges, and choices they face as they consider how to develop a...
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The rate of greenhouse gas reducing technological change and occurrence of environmentally friendly innovation are integral in reducing emissions levels. The European Union commenced the pilot phase of the European Union Emissions Trading System(EU ETS) in 2005 with the intent to enhance the adoption of existing low-carbon technologies and the deve...
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Until now, there has been little empirical evidence that EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) transaction costs are incurred at firm level. The transaction costs (internal costs, capital costs, consultancy and trading costs) incurred by Irish firms under the EU ETS during its pilot phase (2005–2007) were measured and analysed. Evidence for the sources...
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The European Union commenced the pilot phase of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in 2005 with the intent to enhance the adoption of existing low-carbon technologies and the development and of new ones by putting a price on CO 2 emissions. We survey Irish EU ETS firms to study the occurrence and determinants of CO 2 emissions fri...
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Cost-effectiveness analysis, which ranks projects by quality adjusted life years gained per dollar spent, is widely used in the evaluation of health interventions. We show that cost effectiveness analysis can be derived from two axioms: society prefers Pareto improvements and society values discounted life years, lived in perfect health, equally fo...
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This paper examines the impact of national fiscal measures in the EU (EU15) on passenger car sales and the CO2 emissions intensity of the new car fleet over the period 1995–2004. CO2 emissions and energy consumption from road transport have been increasing in the EU and as a result since 1999 the EU has attempted to implement a high profile policy...
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Disaggregated analysis of bus priority measures remains a largely unexplored research area in transport. This research investigates such a scheme in Dublin, Ireland using a random parameters logit (RPL) specification for a stated choice survey of 1,000 catchment area residents. Welfare estimates associated with changes in seven bus-related attribut...
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This paper measures the transaction costs incurred by Irish firms under the European Union’s CO2 Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) during its pilot phase (2005 - 2007). Our analysis provides evidence that such costs were mainly administrative in nature. We emphasize the existence of sizeable economies of scale, as the costs per tonne of CO2 were lo...
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There are 34 local authorities in Ireland with legal responsibility to deal with waste arising in their jurisdictions. In 2003 the National government introduced legislation that allows local authorities to recover the costs of waste collection and disposal, and to do so by ‘executive function’, i.e., not requiring support or agreement by the relev...
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This article investigates the role of bus rapid transit as a tool for mitigation of transport-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We analyse a Quality Bus Corridor (QBC) implemented in Dublin, Ireland, in 1999 and estimate CO2 emissions associated with differing levels of bus priority for the period 1998-2003 and for the Kyoto commitment period...
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Through its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the European Union is leading the world's first effort to mobilize market forces to tackle global climate change. This article, examines how the EU ETS has performed thus far, at the conclusion of the scheme's first trading phase (2005–2007). Insights drawn from this analysis may inform not only the sc...
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The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the largest greenhouse gas market ever established. The European Union is leading the world's first effort to mobilize market forces to tackle climate change. A precise analysis of the EU ETS's performance is essential to its success, as well to that of future trading programs. The research pr...
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One of the most controversial planning issues internationally is the siting of waste disposal infrastructure in local communities. Compensation is viewed as a possible solution to siting difficulties in many countries. However, existing empirical evidence is conflicting as to whether or not compensation-based siting has reduced opposition to such d...
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The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the largest greenhouse gas market ever established. The European Union is leading the world's first effort to mobilize market forces to tackle climate change. A precise analysis of the EU ETS's performance is essential to its success, as well to that of future trading programs. The research pr...
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The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), operating since January 2005, demonstrates that it is possible to create a market for carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) even when there is a degree of confusion and chaos in the initial allocation and implementation process. Through this emissions trading scheme, the Ehas succeeded in producing a price sig...
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Can environmental economists influence policy? If so, how? This paper addresses these two questions using the late David Pearce’s career as a case study. Influence can be exercised, but Pearce’s career shows that certain conditions must be met. The first is desire: he wanted to influence policy, and directed a high proportion of his efforts to doin...
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There have been occasional ad hoc efforts to influence consumer behaviour by the imposition of product taxes that reflect external costs imposed by such products that are not initially included in their price. In the spirit of this idea, in 2002 Ireland introduced a 15 Euro cent tax on plastic shopping bags, previously provided free of charge to cu...
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This study consists of an initial evaluation of the use and regulation of [environmental] claims in Ireland, in order to identify how they may be most effectively used to promote sustainable consumption. This final Report has been prepared as part of the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation Programme under the Productive...
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The substitution of fossil fuels with biofuels has been proposed in the European Union (EU) as part of a strategy to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from road transport, increase security of energy supply and support development of rural communities. In this paper, we focus on one of these purported benefits, the reduction in greenhouse gas emiss...
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In many jurisdictions, political and infrastructural restrictions have limited the feasibility of road pricing as a response to urban congestion. Accordingly, the allocation of dedicated road space to high frequency buses has emerged as a second-best option. Analyses of the evidence emerging from this option emphasize the engineering and technical...
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In this paper, we first outline Ireland's macro-economic performance, including its causes, and the organizational structures that have been put in place to make it happen. Next, we outline the spatial implications of this for the Greater Dublin region, and the Irish policy model that is in place to manage space. We then use a transport strategy fo...
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This paper is the editors foreword to a Special issue of Built Environment on the Polycentric Metropolis in Europe. It introduces the Mega-City-Region hypothesis developed in the European POLYNET research project and sets out the main arguments of a policy-oriented discussion of this notion.
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A report from UCD Dublin as part of the International Collaboration Projects on Sustainable Societies for the Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, January 20, 2006.
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One of the most controversial planning issues internationally is the siting of waste disposal infrastructure in local communities. Compensation is viewed as a possible solution to siting difficulties in many countries. However, existing empirical evidence is conflicting as to whether or not compensation-based siting has reduced opposition to such d...
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The Emissions Trading scheme now (January 2003) in prospect in the European Union is likely to be the first trans-national greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in the world. With the participation of the European Economic Area [EEA] countries and with the forthcoming EU enlargement, 30 countries could be involved in this scheme by 2012. Under Eu...
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The Emissions Trading scheme now (January 2003) in prospect in the European Union is likely to be the first trans-national greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in the world. With the participation of the European Economic Area [EEA] countries and with the forthcoming EU enlargement, 30 countries could be involved in this scheme by 2012. Under Eu...
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In the final years of the twentieth century Ireland was the economic wonder of the western world. The economy is now in transition and things have changed dramatically, especially in the light of September 11th. This book explains why Ireland has made such startling progress and identifies the policies which will help in our changing circumstances...
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As a result of theoretical concerns about the use of GDP as the main policy indicator, and the implications this may have for the achievement of other policy goals, the UN proposed a system of integrated environmental and economic accounting (SEEA). Part of their guidelines recommends the collection of data regarding environmental protection expend...
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In this paper, the following key issues are addressed: the so-called “South” – the Group of 77 and China – and how to engage their interest and commitment; the purported savings if the flexible mechanisms are availed of, and the macro-economic impacts of meeting the Kyoto objectives; the associated issues of narrowing the extent and scope for such...
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Environment can be defined as that part of our existence which we somehow share in common. However, that which belongs to all, in a sense, belongs to no one. It is this common property characteristic of environmental assets which results in their destruction. In the absence of property rights, that which Garrett Hardin so brilliantly, if somewhat o...
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Owing to their relative underdevelopment, the ''cohesion'' countries of the European Union have been allowed to increase emissions above the 1990 base within the EU ''envelope''. However, they face daunting challenges in meeting the agreed targets, because it requires breaking the link between rising gross domestic product and rising energy consump...
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The paper intends to show how environmental economics could and should be used to improve the quality of decision making in the process of drawing up National Environmental Action Plans. After an introduction, there are 11 chapters, covering: a theoretical review; environmental management as development strategy; identifying perverse and positive i...
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Ireland law requires the state to compensate for any regulatory action that reduces the value of a property. This would seem to limit any denial of planning permission to achieve public purposes. Nevertheless, while the planning authority know that the courts will eventually require compensation, it can threaten long delays and use this to negotiat...
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Reviews past activity in arterial and field drainage and the environmental impacts; presents underlying economic concepts; analyzes arterial drainage in some detail (with the legislative and institutional setting and a cost benefit analysis is applied by the Office of Public Works); reviews progress and expenditure on field drainage as well as econ...
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The U.S. Forest Service has traditionally been concerned with the effects of its management on local areas. An export base model has been developed for estimating some of these effects. A new computer program, BENEFIT, incorporating the essentials of the model, enables land-use planners to estimate some of the local economic impacts of alternative...
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The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the world’s largest market for carbon and the most significant multinational initiative ever taken to mobilize markets to protect the environment. It will be an important influence on the development and implementation of trading schemes in the US, Japan, and elsewhere. However, as is true o...
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Introduction The context for this year's Budget differs sharply from most of those in the past decade and a half. The global economy has been buffeted by crises in financial markets. Oil prices, even after recent falls, are at very high levels. Furthermore, the sharp decline in housing activity in Ireland carries negative implications both for empl...
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As regards climate change, we are facing a carbon constrained world where 'do nothing' is not an option. Our national targets and mechanisms have come to us from the European Union. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) has created scarcity in the market place for the power and heavy industry sectors, and they face a price signal per...

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