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Carbon and De-carbonization

Energy on the Edge: Understanding the Challenge

December 1, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Paris and the Challenges to Come

Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the COP 21 conference that runs through the end of next week. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are on the agenda.[read more]

COP21: Is 5 Years Better Than 10?

December 1, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Future Energy Plans

As COP21 starts and the negotiators face the task of reaching an agreement, one of the most important points of discussion will be the review and recalibration of INDCs. Many organisations, including some business based ones, are arguing for a five yearly review of the national contributions.[read more]

Measuring Success in Paris

December 1, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

We will only know years from now, but the climate summit currently ongoing in Paris could prove to be transformative. It could set in motion a new dynamic among nations that, over time, will progressively strengthen the global climate effort.[read more]

Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]

Businesses are Taking Climate Action

December 1, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Global climate talks underway in Paris have been built on a foundation of more than just national government commitments. “Sub-national actors,” such as cities, states, and companies, have been making their own climate commitments ahead of Paris, and that trend continues this week.[read more]

Why Renewable Energies are Causing an Increase of Coal Power in Germany

November 30, 2015 by Mika Reichel

Coal and Germany

Opinions differ about the German energy transition. As always with energy, it is important to look at the actual facts and statistics while paying attention to the details; such as the difference between electricity production (GWh and installed capacity (GW).[read more]

3 Ideas That Could Shape Our World After The Paris Climate Negotiations

November 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Paris Outcomes and Influence

The Paris climate negotiations can set the stage for a global shift on climate change – when our world’s emissions finally stop rising, level off, and begin to fall. There is reason to be optimistic: from China to the U.S., from Europe to Asia, countries are coming together with commitments to cut climate pollution.[read more]

The Eiffel Tower Guide to the UN Climate Change Summit

November 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Paris Agreement Possibilities

Here is why I am so hopeful about the UN climate mega-gathering in Paris starting today, November 30th: There is a very encouraging new global architecture for climate action being forged in Paris over the next two weeks; and It is embodied perfectly in the Eiffel Tower.[read more]

Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]

How Critics Try (and Fail) to Attack Carbon Pricing

November 27, 2015 by Noah Kaufman

Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is rapidly gaining popularity, with more than 60 national and subnational programs as well as endorsements from key political figures and more than 1,000 corporations. Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash was inevitable.[read more]

No Country For Old Biofuels

November 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Biofuel Economics

The corn ethanol lobby is shocked—shocked, it says—that the United States government has declined to list the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as one of the measures the country will rely on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.[read more]

From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

November 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Turkeys of 2015

We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and governments doing questionable and difficult things. Or about bad things happening to them. Or about both.[read more]

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

November 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Paris Agreement Elements

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement.[read more]

Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

November 26, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Economic Health

Next week delegates, ministers, heads-of-state and leaders of civil society meet in Paris at the COP 21 conference in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.[read more]

Vehicle Emissions Testing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

November 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Vehicle Emissions Regulation and Testing

“Goodhart’s law” predicts that, once a measure becomes a proxy for the purpose of enforcing a policy, it will cease to provide a good measure. Goodhart (an economist) had monetary policy in mind. But look around and you’ll find lots of other examples, especially in vehicle emissions.[read more]

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