Financing Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure: The Role of Climate Finance and Green Financial Systems

Brookings Institution / by Joshua P. Meltzer Over the next 15 years (2015-2030) the world will need to build on the order of US $75-$86 trillion in infrastructure—approximately double the estimated $50 trillion stock of infrastructure. This increases to $116.55 trillion once investments in energy efficiency and primary energy are included. Around 70 percent of … Continue reading

The Paris Agreement and Beyond: International Climate Change Policy Post-2020

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Robert N. Stavins and Robert C. Stowe The Paris Agreement is a breakthrough in multilateral efforts to address the threat of global climate change. For the first time, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions includes contributions from all of the … Continue reading

A Preliminary Environmental Equity Assessment Of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

USC  Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) | UC Berkeley | San Francisco State Univ. | Occidental College / by By Lara J. Cushing, et al. …Key findings from our analysis indicate that: Regulated GHG-emitting facilities—including those that emit the highest levels of both GHGs and PM10—tend to be located in neighborhoods with … Continue reading

Bounded Regulation: How the Clean Power Plan Conforms to Statutory Limits on EPA’s Authority

Institute for Policy Integrity / by Richard L. Revesz, et al. [Politico’s Morning Energy] EPA followed eight distinct requirements or constraints listed under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act when it crafted the Clean Power Plan, a trio from the New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity write in a … Continue reading

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Aaron Bloom, et al. [From Press Release] Using high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools, NREL shows the power grid of the Eastern United States—one of the largest power systems in the world—can accommodate upwards of 30% wind and solar/photovoltaic (PV) power… [Vox] …The study is a remarkable … Continue reading

Online Purchasing Creates Opportunities to Lower the Life Cycle Carbon Footprints of Consumer Products

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 30, 2016 v113 n35 p9780-9785; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522211113) / by Steven C. Isley, et al. A major barrier to reducing greenhouse emissions from economic consumption involves information about product supply chains. Consumers who wish to reduce or offset the emissions embodied in goods and services they buy … Continue reading

The Importance of Looking Forward to Manage Risks: Submission to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment | ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science / by Dimitri Zenghelis and Nicholas Stern [From Press Release] Companies that fail to plan for business scenarios in a low-carbon economy risk decline or even bankruptcy, according to a … Continue reading