Clean energy? Sure, but not in my back yard!

Seminar Thu 21 April 2022
time and place

Thursday 21 April 2022, 13:00–14:15
SNS, Jakobsbergsgatan 18 i Stockholm

Infrastructure projects benefit society to a great extent but also involve costs for the people living close by. Hence, it is not uncommon that projects enjoying broad support in society as a whole, such as building more renewable energy, face strong local opposition. What are the costs of such opposition? How can these costs be measured and what do they tell us? And how are we to compensate those living nearby?

In a new SNS report, researcher Stephen Jarvis examines the economic costs related to the phenomenon of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) in the United Kingdom by studying how property values are affected in areas where renewable energy production is planned and also by estimating the costs to society of such projects not being built in optimal locations. The author also discusses various policy solutions aimed at facilitating a cost-effective and, at the same time, fair green transition.

At the seminar, Jarvis will present his conclusions and recommendations and – together with a researcher, two politicians and a wind power developer – discuss how these compare to a Swedish context.

The seminar is organized within the framework of the SNS research project Energy systems of the future.


Emmyly Bönfors, member of the City Council for the Centre Party and chair of the Commission for Environment and Climate in the City of Gothenburg

Anders Frimert, member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Party and deputy member of the Committee on Industry and Trade

Stephen Jarvis, associate professor of environmental economics at the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author of the report Is NIMBYism Standing in the Way of the Clean Energy Transition?

Erik Lundin, researcher tied to the program Sustainable Energy Transition at the Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Maria Röske, CEO of BayWa r.e.

The seminar is presented in English and chaired by Angelica Dahl, project manager at SNS.

Registration and price

This meeting is free of charge and open to SNS members,* researchers, the press and invited individuals.

You can choose to participate digitally or on site at the SNS offices at Jakobsbergsgatan 18, Stockholm. Register using one of the above registration buttons.

*List of SNS members/Information about membership