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Engaging State-Owned Enterprises in Climate Action

Engaging State-Owned Enterprises in Climate Action

Full Title: Engaging State-Owned Enterprises in Climate Action
Author(s): Philippe Benoit
Publisher(s): Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
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Description (excerpt):

Policy makers, academics, and others have devoted significant effort over the past three decades to considering how best to incentivize households and private companies to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There has been much less discussion about how best to incentivize state-owned enterprises (SOEs) — companies that are either wholly or majority owned by a government — to cut emissions. Yet when it comes to energy sector GHGs, these state companies are among the world’s leading emitters. They are major emitters at both the country and global levels, notably from electricity generation. In the aggregate, they emit over 6.2 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year in energy sector GHGs, which is more than every country except China. Public sector companies are also major providers of low-carbon alternatives, such as renewables and nuclear power, and importantly, they often operate under incentives that are quite different from those facing their private sector counterparts.

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