Accelerating the Low Carbon Transition: The Case For Stronger, More Targeted And Coordinated International Action

Accelerating the Low Carbon Transition: The Case For Stronger, More Targeted And Coordinated International Action. Brookings Institution. David G. Victor, Frank W. Geels, and Simon Sharpe.  December 9, 2019

The world is committed to acting on climate change. At least since the signing of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, the international community has been united in its commitment to preventing ‘dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system’. In the Paris agreement of 2015, almost all countries set out individual targets or actions they would take towards meeting this collective goal. Earlier this year, the UN Climate Action Summit highlighted many examples of governments, businesses and civil society groups leading the way to a low carbon economy. There is general consensus on the need for deep cuts in emissions as rapidly as is practical. However, it is equally clear that emissions are still rising, not falling, and economic change is not happening anywhere near quickly enough. Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 71 pages].

Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans

Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans. World Resources Institute.  Taryn Fransen et al. September 2019.

Published by WRI and UNDP, Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans is designed to help practitioners think through how to structure their country’s enhanced NDCs across three dimensions: strengthening targets to reduce emissions (mitigation), enhancing climate resilience (adaptation) and clearly communicating their actions to build trust and facilitate effective implementation. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 76 pages].

Carbon Pricing in a Fiscal Context

Carbon Pricing in a Fiscal Context. Center for American Progress. Greg Dotson and Ben Bovarnick. June 29, 2016.

Opponents of carbon pricing argue that any requirement on businesses to pay for their pollution will destroy the economy. In order to begin to deconstruct this hyperbolic argument, this issue brief examines carbon pricing within the context of the nation’s budgetary situation. In fact, if the federal government were to collect a carbon tax of $25 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, that revenue would amount to less than 3 percent of the current budget. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 7 pages, 276.39 KB].

Suing and Spewing

Suing and Spewing. Center for American Progress. Erin Auel. June 24, 2016.

According to the report, the power producers affiliated with the lawsuits against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan are responsible for 1.2 billion tons of carbon pollution each year. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 24 pages, 218.29 KB].

Comparing US and EU Approaches to Regulating Automotive Emissions and Fuel Economy

Comparing US and EU Approaches to Regulating Automotive Emissions and Fuel Economy. Resources for the Future. Thomas Flier and Joshua Linn. April 26, 2016.

Following Volkswagen’s admission of circumventing emissions requirements, discussions have taken place on both sides of the Atlantic regarding test improvements to address the gap between lab-based test values and real-world observations. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 9 pages, 496.6 KB].

Transformational Climate Finance: An Exploration of Low-Carbon Energy

Transformational Climate Finance: An Exploration of Low-Carbon Energy. World Resources Institute. Michael Westphal and Joe Thwaites. March 2016.

The working paper examines how climate finance can be transformational by gleaning insights from nine low-carbon energy case studies, selected to cover a variety of geographies, energy sources, and degrees of transformation. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 50 pages, 1.17 MB].

China’s Carbon Future: A Model-based Analysis

China’s Carbon Future: A Model-based Analysis. Brookings Institution. Warwick J. McKibbin et al. December 31, 2015.

In 2007, China took the lead as the world’s largest CO2 emitter. Air pollution in China is estimated to contribute to about 1.6 million deaths per year, roughly 17 percent of all deaths in China. Over the last decade, China has adopted measures to lower the energy and carbon intensity of its economy, partly in response to worsening local air pollution from energy generation. At the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Paris in late 2015, China committed to furthering its efforts by affirming its previously announced goal to cause its emissions to peak around 2030 and to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its primary energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 42 pages, 626 KB].