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The Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) represents a global network of over 50 independent, like-minded think tanks from over 30 countries throughout the world who believe trade, globalization, and innovation—conducted on market-led, rules-based terms—can maximize welfare for the world’s citizens. The Alliance exists to collectively amplify members’ voices and enhance their impact on trade, globalization, and innovation policy issues while introducing new scholarship into the world on these subjects.
Among their shared principles, GTIPA members are committed to approaching globalization and trade through an innovation-based perspective. This perspective recognizes the immense potential of innovation in improving existing processes, …View Full Resource
Declining solar and battery costs and increased operational efficiency have helped expand community-scale mini-grids, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where they now meet the power needs of over 47 million people. However, mini-grid system economics must continue to improve to be a reliable power solution for a significant share of the nearly 800 million people still lacking access. For rural, low-income communities with generally small power loads and significant demand variations, it can be challenging to align supply and demand while maintaining affordable rates and recovering investment costs. Time-of-use (ToU) tariffs—a rate structure where the tariff varies by …View Full Resource
Fossil gas, or natural gas, is often touted as a ‘clean’ alternative to coal and a bridge fuel to renewables. It is, however, a key part of the fossil fuel problem. It consists largely of methane, an especially potent greenhouse gas (GHG). When burned for energy, fossil gas produces significant air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as well as harmful social, economic and environmental impacts. It accounts for around a quarter of global energy supply and a fifth of CO2 emissions from energy. Urban energy use is driving up demand.
This research assesses the climate, air quality and health …View Full Resource
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) represents the single largest investment to date by the United States to modernize the US energy system. It has the potential to accelerate an electrified, equitable, distributed energy future — one that many electric utilities and utility regulators have been working toward for the past decade or more. But that potential won’t be realized unless state utility regulators take further action to ensure the IRA is implemented in the public interest and results in an affordable and reliable energy future. Further, some key provisions of the IRA, such as the Energy Infrastructure Reinvestment (EIR) Program, …View Full Resource
Given the scale of the climate crisis, the short timeframe for action, and insufficient progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is broad scientific agreement that large-scale deployment of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies and approaches are needed to counter rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. CDR encompasses a suite of solutions, both engineered and nature-based, that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and durably store it.
This paper focuses on engineered carbon removal technologies. In particular, it focuses on bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and direct air capture (DAC) because these methods have been included in many …View Full Resource
Two years after COVID-19 changed the course of the world, pandemic-induced pains continued into 2022, including global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages spurred by the Great Resignation. Then in February, Russia invaded Ukraine, generating widespread international condemnation and sanctions against Russia and sparking humanitarian and economic crises.
Given today’s widespread economic challenges, it is imperative that supply chain stakeholders understand the interplay of the various issues confronting the trucking industry. For the past 18 years, the trucking industry has relied on the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) Top Industry Issues analysis to prioritize the trucking industry’s most critical issues …View Full Resource
As the climate crisis deepens, urgent action on all fronts is required to both eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to a rapidly changing climate. The waste sector offers a prime opportunity for cities to take action that will dramatically reduce emissions, strengthen resilience, and provide substantial public health and economic benefits. The waste sector is the third largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions, whose reduction will deliver rapid benefits through avoided warming. In fact, good waste management practices can reduce emissions in other sectors, delivering more than 100% emissions reductions. Simultaneously, this approach, known as zero waste, can …View Full Resource
Direct air capture (DAC) is a leading technological carbon removal solution with the capacity to remove existing carbon emissions from the atmosphere — an important addition to ongoing emissions reductions efforts. DAC plants capture carbon dioxide from the ambient air using large fans and chemical processes. The captured carbon dioxide is then either permanently stored in underground rock formations (a process known as dedicated geologic storage), utilized in enhanced oil recovery (EOR), or used to produce a range of commercial products (known as carbontech).…View Full Resource
Integrating controls between lighting and HVAC systems has significant untapped potential for improving commercial building energy efficiency and occupant comfort, but effective integration is much more challenging than marketing might imply. Cadmus evaluated controls integration projects in five commercial buildings that included university, health care, municipal government, and commercial office uses. Each project installed a new networked lighting control system and integrated that system with the existing HVAC building management systems and new plug-load receptacle controls. Savings were driven by modifying control sequences and setpoints in response to luminaire-level lighting control sensors.
The authors used a combination of traditional temporary …View Full Resource
Within the walls, floors, and foundations of our buildings is an often-overlooked source of climate pollution commonly referred to as embodied carbon — the millions of tons of carbon emitted during the extraction, manufacturing, transport, construction, and end-of-life disposal of the materials that surround us. Public and private sector stakeholders must act now to establish pathways to decarbonize building and infrastructure design and construction, including reducing emissions from building material supply chains. The US federal government is the largest consumer in the world, spending more than $650 billion on products and services each year. The procurement of materials for its …View Full Resource