WRI conducts rigorous, peer-reviewed research and convenes stakeholders to help policymakers identify practical policy solutions in the following areas:
Policy building blocks: WRI is an established leader on conducting research and analysis to identify policy pathways to reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. This includes work on administrative pathways, legislative pathways, subnational pathways. Later this year we will release new analysis that identifies key catalytic policies that can drive near-term emissions reductions while laying the groundwork for deeper transformation of the U.S. economy.
Deep decarbonization planning: WRI supports policymakers at the state and national level as they look at long-term pathways to deep decarbonization and work to understand their implications for near-term policy and planning efforts. WRI synthesizes the results of a broad spectrum of modeling of deep decarbonization and conveys this synthesis to policymakers and key stakeholders in a variety of forums, such as briefings, webinars, and testimony before Congress. In addition, WRI led the deep decarbonization study for the Risky Business Project, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy (2016), which determined that achieving the reduction is both technically and economically feasible—and presents major economic opportunities for innovation in manufacturing and deployment.
Carbon pricing: WRI has decades of experience evaluating carbon pricing proposals and supporting policymakers at the state and national level as they work to develop their own carbon pricing programs. Recent work includes research to help policymakers evaluate options for the design of a carbon tax and research to help policymakers evaluate which policies are most needed to complement a carbon price. We use this research to support various stakeholder coalitions, including the Climate Leadership Council and the CEO Climate Dialogue.
Industrial emissions and innovation policy: Industry accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The emergence of new innovative production processes and technologies offer the possibility that these sectors can decarbonize while strengthening their competitive position in the global economy. WRI has recently launched a project to examine opportunities to support continued innovation and deployment of these technologies in the cement and steel sectors, and will be publishing findings by the end of the year.