It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability

Conclusion/Excerpt from the Democracy Collaborative, 2020 As countries grapple with the devastating challenges of COVID-19 and we, hopefully, move closer towards the development of a vaccine, the injustices and insufficiencies of the current approach to IP and R&D are becoming increasingly apparent. It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

August 17, 2020 By Ethan Howland Microgrid Knowledge Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. By ART STOCK CREATIVE/Shutterstock.com The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC includes …

Solving America’s Big Green Mortgage Dilemma: A $1 million investment in PACE upgrades can avoid the equivalent of 1,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions, about the same amount of carbon 300 passenger cars emit in one year

Lenders are finding that residential mortgages are often one of the biggest line items on their books when it comes to carbon. By Emily Chasan, Bloomberg, August 5, 2020 Sign up to receive the Green Daily newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Green mortgages are one of the great mysteries of green finance. For years, there has been an expectation that markets …

Rich Americans Emit up to 15 Times As Much Carbon As Their Poorer Neighbors

A new study confirms the obvious: big houses have bigger footprints. But wait, there’s more. By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, July 21, 2020 The conclusion of a new study – The carbon footprint of household energy use in the United States – that everyone is focusing on would seem obvious: “Wealthier Americans have per capita footprints ∼25% higher than those of lower-income residents, primarily …

Massachusetts may become just the third state, after California and New York, to begin planning for a managed decline of its conventional natural gas industry and gas in new buildings

According to the petition, the DPU should examine the investment needed to ensure a safe and reliable gas system over the next 30 years, while gas demand declines. The AG’s Office also urges the DPU to examine whether there are other cost-effective alternatives to traditional gas infrastructure investment that may be better aligned with the state’s climate goals. The AG’s …

Home heating is largest use of fossil fuel in buildings, which are the largest source of GHGs in urban areas: It’s time to incentivize residential heat pumps. 5 to 8 million buildings add or replace heating equipment each year

5 to 8 million US buildings will add or replace heating equipment each year. Each one of these decisions may lock in fossil fuel use in buildings for decades since gas furnaces have a 15- to 20-year lifetime. June 8, 2020  |  By RMI. Claire McKenna, Amar Shah, Mark Silberg The United States has made significant progress decarbonizing the electricity sector in recent …

Buildings account for nearly 80% of GHG emissions in some cities. Clean energy policies foster growth in local jobs.

St. Louis last week became the first Midwest city to pass a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) to advance the city’s goal of eliminating community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The BEPS plan is applicable to buildings that are 50,000 square feet or larger and were already required to report their energy and water use under current city law. Under BEPS, those …

City and State Stretch Codes

https://gettingtozeroforum.org/policy-resources/ ZERO ENERGY POLICY An increasing number of cities, counties, and states around the US are committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Here we provide a curated list of leading energy goals, policies, and energy stretch codes from states and local jurisdictions, as well as programs that support jurisdictions. Resources include legislation, strategic plans, energy and climate action plans, …

Results of the Getting to Zero in Buildings Forum

22 other California cities and counties that followed Berkeley’s lead, including San Jose, the country’s 10th-largest city, have done so with building codes that encourage electric wiring and appliances February 12, 2020  |  By RMI Sneha Ayyagari, Cara Carmichael, Greg Hopkins, Jacob Corvidae, Laurie Stone As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the …