The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: Finance

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook helps state, provincial, and regional governments implement policies and actions that place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. It is a companion to The Carbon-Free City Handbook, which Rocky Mountain Institute launched in November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.  2018  |  By Jacob Corvidae et al.  DOWNLOAD Developed in partnership with the Under2 Coalition   Regional governments operate at a scale …

San Francisco joins Denver in commitment to 100% renewable electricity/grid by 2030, commits to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

San Francisco Mayor London Breed committed the city to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2050 through an ambitious series of goals to combat climate change. Breed pledged to reduce waste generation by 15% and landfill disposal by 50% by 2030; to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050; to issue more green bonds to fund for sustainable construction projects; and to switch all electricity …

Climate – Next System, Energy Democracy, and Just Transition (Sept 2018)

August 29th, 2018  Taking climate action to the next level by Gus Speth, Co-chair of The Next System Project, Carla Skandier, Sr Research Associate with The Next System Project, and Johanna Bozuwa, exploring energy democracy and the just transition. more For over forty years we have known that avoiding disastrous climate change requires breaking fossil fuels’ hold on our economy and …

Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030. Why Aren’t We Doing It?

Low-Carbon Growth Is a $26 Trillion Opportunity. Here Are 4 Ways to Seize It. By Andrew Steer, Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor at WRI.org- September 05, 2018  Solar panels and wind turbines. Photo by Kenueone/Pixabay We are on the cusp of a new growth era, one where growth is driven by the interaction between rapid technological innovation, sustainable infrastructure investment and increased resource productivity.  Ambitious climate …

To achieve achieve the Net Zero objective, more entities will need to set carbon-neutral goals and develop pathways toward implementation: 7 Strategies

To achieve achieve the Net Zero objective, more entities will need to set carbon-neutral goals and develop pathways toward implementation. And, due to the extended period of time that emitted GHGs remain in the atmosphere, actions taken earlier will have a higher return on investment. 7 Strategies for Becoming Carbon Neutral If your organization is considering establishing a carbon-neutral goal …

NREL and Hawaiian Electric Navigate Uncharted Waters of Energy Transformation

NREL, April 23, 2018 The 27.6-MW Eurus solar array on the island of Oahu, the largest solar project in Hawaii, came online in 2017. Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Companies With the highest levels of renewable energy, largest percentage of citizens with rooftop solar, and the nation’s most ambitious electricity goal—100% renewable by 2045—Hawaii is ahead of the curve in …

Solar now makes up more than 10% of electricity in five states and 2.4% across the US during the first half of 2018

Massachusetts has joined California, Hawaii, Nevada and Vermont in the club of states where solar represents 10% or more of in-state generation. Solar made up 2.4% of total generation in the United States during the first half of 2018, with solar and wind together making up slightly less than 10%. AUGUST 24, 2018 CHRISTIAN ROSELUND in PV Magazine  Image: Pixabay Data released …

Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world

By Umair Irfan  Jul 17, 2018 A hydroelectric dam in Cachi, Cartago, 40 kilometers west of San Jose, Costa Rica. The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2021. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

UK says staying on track with long term decarbonization targets will mean engineering a rapid electrification of the vehicle fleet

Some of the most interesting climate developments in the world are unfolding in the United Kingdom.  In fact, this week, the UK moved several steps closer to becoming the first G7 country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. For the UK to emerge as a global climate leader is somewhat puzzling. Like the US, it is undergoing a white rural …