Reorienting Utility Energy Efficiency Programs to Meet the Climate Challenge

  Reorienting Utility Energy Efficiency Programs to Meet the Climate Challenge Date and time: Thursday, December 2, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Utilities’ energy efficiency programs have a proven record doing what they were originally intended to do: save energy. But in the face of the climate crisis, they must now adapt to prioritize reducing greenhouse gas …

Recordings Available and NEW Sessions Coming Up

The Climate Leadership Series Closes Out the Year With December Events   Access Last Week’s Series Recordings and Register for December Events    Last week the Climate Leadership team presented two solutions-oriented events: A workshop on Climate Risk, Opportunity, and Disclosure: Insights and Trends from TCFD Leaders and a webinar panel on Transforming the Built Environment through …

Speeding up the energy transition reduces climate risks

Source: Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) The World Climate Conference in Glasgow has just ended, and the question is whether the goal of maximum global heating of 1.5°C can still be achieved. In a model calculation, researchers show how the energy transition could lead to the …

FAIRR | November 2021

There has been a whirlwind of activity over the last few weeks. The FAIRR team has been busy with COP26 and we are delighted to have participated in some impactful Blue Zone events, including the High-Level Presidency event on Accelerating a Just Rural Transition to Sustainable Agriculture and an event on Mobilising Finance …

Four ways to fix COP27

  I vividly remember attending my first UN climate talks in 2008. I remember the optimism, the technical conversations, the discussions about the overpriced food in the conference center, the press, the flight, and yes, the debates about the carbon footprint of the flight. I flew to Accra as part …

How the renewables revolution can move from catchphrase to reality

As this issue of the Bulletin was published, the countries of the world had just finished meeting at COP 26[1] in Glasgow, Scotland, to put forward new targets for reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions, aiming to reach a global “net zero” level by mid-century. The meeting and the national commitments to be …

Governments Adopt Glasgow Climate Pact, Operationalize Paris Agreement

Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact, agreeing to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and phase down unabated coal power. The Glasgow Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) closed on the night of 13 November, one day later than planned. The Glasgow Climate …

What went right this week: sharks in the Thames, plus more positive news

Sharks were discovered in London’s formerly ‘dead’ River Thames, China and the US signed a surprise climate declaration, and genome sequencing offered hope for people with rare diseases, plus more positive news Sharks, seals and seahorses were found in the Thames More than half a century after it was declared …

COP26: World agrees to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and reduce coal

Nearly 200 countries at the UN climate change summit in Glasgow have also committed to revisit and strengthen their 2030 emissions reductions plans next year, keeping the door open to the crucial 1.5°C temperature goal Nearly 200 countries have made an unprecedented and historic pledge at the COP26 climate summit to speed …

Highlights and images of main proceedings for 11 November 2021

On the penultimate day of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, pressure increased as time grew short. A few decisions were adopted but all of the outstanding issues remain. Highlights of the day included: The first decisions of the governing bodies being adopted; The launch of the Beyond Oil and Gas …