This project investigates ways to address the twin challenges of climate change and energy security within an integrated policy framework, and improve the understanding of these two issues in current legislation.
Over the coming decades, the world faces a daunting challenge in meeting growing global energy needs while mitigating the impacts of global climate change. Policies to address these issues sometimes conveniently align, as in the case of energy efficiency (which reduces energy demand as well as greenhouse gas emissions) and renewable power (which diversifies energy supply and provides non-emitting electricity). However, other energy options may benefit one of these challenges at the expense of the other.
WRI starts with the presumption that both of these issues will have to be addressed, and is exploring policy options that address energy needs and climate change in an integrated way, rather than putting them in opposition. We seek to improve understanding of the energy security and climate change impacts of various legislative proposals, and we encourage decision-makers to pursue security and climate policy options that are environmentally effective as well as economically and politically viable.
Through partnership with the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), WRI has worked to evaluate energy and climate policy options and has proposed a “roadmap” of domestic policy recommendations to fulfill energy security and climate change goals.
Edward CameronDirector, International Climate Initiative