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The landmark Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 was made possible, in part, by the business community. Governments around the world needed to know, and be able to show, that business supported an ambitious approach to tackle climate change.

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Leaders at COP20 can explore a range of sources for financing low-carbon urban development including multilateral investment banks, private investors, and innovative initiatives like the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions or climate-themed bonds.

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Bringing together some of the world’s foremost economic experts to contribute to the global debate about climate change and economic policy, and to inform government, business and investment decisions.

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Extreme weather and climate events such as storms, floods, droughts and wildfires visibly impact not only our communities and livelihoods, but also our resources and related infrastructure. In its latest report, U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) warns that domestic energy supplies are likely to face more severe disruptions given rising temperatures that result in extreme weather events. The report accurately outlines the risks climate change poses to the energy sector in the United States and serves as a wake-up call on this critical issue, which I highlighted in my testimony before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this year.

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TESTIMONY OF MR. ROB BRADLEY DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY INITIATIVE WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE

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The world is entering an era when natural resource constraints, environmental policies, and shifting consumer values will create unprecedented demands on the private sector. Recent spikes in the prices of energy and food commodities illustrate the dynamic forces that are changing the world.

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The recent energy efficiency advances are due to a combination of more aggressive government policies, higher energy and production costs as well as an increasingly competitive environment for Chinese energy-intensive fi rms. As a result,

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This report, released in December 2005, is a tool for determining the greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits of climate mitigation projects.

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Policies to regulate greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity are being developed and implemented in major markets around the world. Because these new policies bring with them costs as well as opportunities, prudent investors will factor climate change risk into investment decisions.

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This report reviews corporate greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions management based on the experiences of nine large corporations from various economic sectors. In 2003 WRI began convening this group of companies, all of which are based in the northeastern U.S.

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The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard helps companies and other organizations to identify, calculate, and report GHG emissions.

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The fifth installment introduces "renewable energy certificates" (RECs). RECs are a renewable energy product that companies can purchase to reduce the environmental impact of their business activities.

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