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Steeling Demand: Mobilizing buyers to bring net-zero steel to market before 2030 demonstrates that demand signals from steel buyers to steel manufacturers can help unlock investment decisions. Such signals will secure the next generation of breakthrough technologies needed for primary steel to become truly net-zero.
Players in sectors that consume large volumes of steel – such as the automotive, construction, renewable energy and white goods sectors – can differentiate their end products, anticipate potential regulatory measures and establish credible net-zero pathways by being early adopters of low-CO2 steel. The next five years will be critical for investment due to …View Full Resource
The COVID-19 pandemic has been noteworthy for so many negative things, but there was one temporary bright spot — global carbon emissions declined. With the sudden halt in industrial production and transportation coming to a standstill, cities saw noticeable declines in air pollution and the atmosphere benefitted from a decline in greenhouse gas emissions. Although these benefits were temporary and reversed once economic activity started to ramp up, it was encouraging to see that declines in emissions can actually happen.
Obviously shutting down major sectors of the economy for periods of time isn’t the long-term answer to reducing emissions. But …View Full Resource
Over the next several decades, the United States and the world will need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This imperative implies an unprecedented transition in the energy system away from greenhouse-gas-emitting fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) and toward clean energy sources, such as wind, solar, and nuclear, along with emerging technologies, such as large-scale energy storage and carbon capture, use, and storage. This transition will be challenging for a variety of technical, political, and socioeconomic reasons.
This report seeks to inform transition planning by identifying the regions of the United …View Full Resource
The climate crisis is a dangerous and costly problem, and it threatens much more than just property values and infrastructure: it’s fueling substantial and sometimes irreversible damage to public health in terms of illnesses, injuries, expensive medical bills, and deaths. A wealth of scientific research indicates that unless we take action, climate change will contribute to an extraordinary rise in a wide variety of health problems and demand for medical care. Climate change is a “threat multiplier” that is worsening existing health and economic burdens, particularly for the most vulnerable among us, including children, low-income communities, and people of color. …View Full Resource
The latest set of policy updates and proposed actions of the Biden-Harris Administration in the “Whole of Government” approach to the climate change crisis (the administration’s message positioning) are going to affect most businesses in the U.S. in various ways. The details are set out for us in EO 14030 as well as the January 27th order – EO 14008. Some actions prescribed in these two and other EOs will over time reshape important parts of government oversight of financial services sector institutions (in focus are potential reforms for banking, insurance, investing, fiduciary duties oversight). Other actions will directly and …View Full Resource
The energy transition now underway in the United States, and in economies throughout the world, is expected to accelerate in the coming years and decades. The increase in renewables in the electricity sector will bring about declining use of fossil fuels, with coal the most vulnerable. Likewise, as vehicles that run on electricity or other alternative fuels become more common, the petroleum sector will face repeated existential threats. Against this backdrop, governments will have to ensure that this energy transition is equitable for the workers who are most adversely affected. Without a just transition – when affected workers and communities …View Full Resource
The Permian Basin’s combination of massive capital investments, world-scale oil and gas production, and strong, adaptable local institutions with historical experience managing boom-bust cycles creates a unique subnational resource curse case study. This is the first analysis focused specifically on whether subnational resource curse dynamics seen in other oil-rich locales (1) apply to the Permian Basin, (2) if they apply, to what extent, and (3) compensatory policy steps, including emergence of public-private infrastructure partnerships and community engagement at a scale generally not seen in other hydrocarbon provinces.…View Full Resource
Rewiring Communities is a new, innovative proposal focused on delivering the climate, economic and health benefits of household electrification to low-to-moderate income (LMI) families by bringing together the capabilities of local communities and the financial resources and administrative flexibility of the proposed Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator (the “Accelerator).…View Full Resource
Clean energy technologies are now big business. Vast sums of money in clean energy supply chains promise to rearrange the geopolitics of industrial competition and energy security. Further, to achieve their increasingly ambitious climate goals, countries are likely to do far more to reshape industrial sectors, compressing in a few years a process that normally takes decades.
This report looks at how the United States can strengthen supply chains for clean energy technologies through the lens of industrial competition, cybersecurity and trade policy. It finds that the United States can apply some of the mental models, tools, and institutions used …View Full Resource
The energy transition in cities promises to transform the urban environment, with impacts that extend well beyond the energy sector. It will shape transport, buildings, land use and a host of other sectors.
Even within the energy sector, the adoption of renewable energy involves more than a shift in energy sources; it also includes an emphasis on greater energy efficiency and modified consumption patterns, all of which could remake cities in ways that benefit their inhabitants and our planet alike.
Renewable Energy Policies for Cities: Power Sector is intended to help policy makers accelerate efforts to create sustainable cities powered …View Full Resource