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The Final Sprint

Ready. Set. I-see-the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-GO! Hey peeps! So today I bring you exciting news as not only Summer has arrived here in Stockholm, but I’m wrapping up my thesis project. Yes, it seems like yesterday when I was sharing with you about what I was planning to do as thesis project, but now, it has come to an end. With a date for my final presentation at KTH set, I’ve been working now on finishing the written report for me to send it to my tutor, yes, I’ve been glued to my laptop for the past weeks. Now, taking into consideration everything that I’ve been dealing with for the past weeks regarding my thesis, I decided to post not only some sneak peak of what I have found as thesis results, but I would also like to share some advices for the moment you start doing your own projects.

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If you had to guess which would be the top sector at risk by environmental policies like carbon pricing (carbon tax and emission trading schemes), which sector would you think about first? Would be a high energy-intensive like electricity production? Would it be a road transportation as it highly contributes to GHG emissions? … well, according to my model… under a 2º scenario policy (and with some assumptions in the background), the sector which could have the highest risk in the future in terms of revenue loss by carbon tax and/or emission trading schemes is… INDUSTRIALS!

According to my model, companies listed under the “Industry” sector (i.e. chemicals production, iron & steel, cement, etc), could have almost 9x more exposure to carbon pricing mechanisms by 2030 when compared to 2017 price levels. Furthermore, another interesting thing that I have found here, was companies under “Offroad transportation” (i.e. airlines) come secondly with almost 7x more exposure in 2030 compared to 2017 price levels. I do believe is very interesting because airline companies fall behind in internalizing the social cost of carbon and they could be subjected to stronger environmental policies in the future. As I told you peeps, this is just a sneak peak of the results I have come up during my research, soon I’ll have the complete paper done 🙂 Furthermore, what advices could I give you to deliver your thesis on time and for you not to suffer any stress associated to this necessary step for you to obtain your degree?

  • Project pipeline. Even though you don’t know if you will or not achieve your desire results, have a pipeline of what you expect to due and how long it will take you!
  • Social media overdose. If you are a social media addict like me, add plug-ins to control your access to any of these distraction factors.
  • Food overdose. Your craves of distraction may drive you towards the fridge, so fear not and just keep handy some healthy snacks like fruit and veggies that will make your craves go down.
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Do you have any other advice to keep our fellow readers away from procrastinating? Don’t forget to share!

What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?