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Sustainable management of fossil fuels: A dynamic stochastic optimization approach with jump-diffusion

Rosella Castellano (), Roy Cerqueti () and Luca Spinesi ()

European Journal of Operational Research, 2016, vol. 255, issue 1, 288-297

Abstract: This paper deals with a relevant aspect of energy modeling, i.e. fossil fuels management. The issue is faced by using purely operational research techniques, which are suitable in this context. In particular, a dynamic stochastic optimization model is developed to optimally determine use and stock of resources to be employed in consumption and investments, in a wide economic sense: human and physical capital, R&D, etc. It is assumed that a sustainability criterion drives the optimality rules, i.e. decisions are also grounded on the well-being of future generations. The policymaker maximizes an aggregated intergenerational expected utility under the dilemma of present consumption/conservation of natural resources for the future. In reference to standard environmental economic theory, jump-diffusion dynamics for the stock of natural resources and infinite time horizon are assumed. Extensive numerical experiments complete the analysis and contribute to determine fossil fuels management policies, showing that long-term investments make the difference for the well-being of present and future generations.

Keywords: OR in natural resources; Stochastic dynamic optimization; Jump-diffusion; Simulations; Sustainability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.04.052

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