Kristin Igusky, Rebecca Gasper, Michael Obeiter, Sarah Forbes, Nate Aden and Nicholas Bianco
Building on the recently-released New Climate Economy report, this new analysis provides evidence and real-world examples demonstrating how the United States is already seizing economic returns while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions—and outlines what can be done to further hasten these positive trends.
A growing body of evidence finds that economic growth and tackling climate change can be achieved together. This is changing the way decision-makers think about economic and climate action.
The new study Seeing Is Believing builds on the global New Climate Economy report, identifying five sectors in the United States that are primed to capture additional economic benefits and combat climate change.
Seeing is Believing shows many real-world examples where sustained technological progress and public policies are creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while delivering net economic benefits.
In addition, a number of emerging new technologies could unlock even more opportunities to achieve reductions sooner and faster.
Seeing is Believing offers policy recommendations that would further reduce emissions and bring additional economic benefits. These recommendations will bring even more efficient products to market, hasten the uptake of better technologies and products, and encourage improvements to existing buildings and equipment.
This study examined several opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including:
Reducing the carbon intensity of power generation
Improving electric efficiency in the residential and commercial sectors
Building cleaner, more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles
Improving production, processing, and transmission of natural gas, and
Reducing consumption of high global warming-potential hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
These five measures can drive significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions. If done right, they can also lead to net economic benefits, even before the benefits of avoiding climate change are considered.
The New Climate Economy (NCE), a flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, brings together government, business and economic leaders to enhance global and national understanding of how climate action can and drive economic, social and development objectives.