Most climate change solutions focus on mitigation—ways to slash emissions as quickly as possible, such as by adopting renewable energy. But research shows these aren't enough. To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we're actually removing more carbon from the air than we're putting in.
The Paris Agreement was the result of unexpected collaboration between the United States and China. President Trump has backed his nation out of the deal, but the surge in subnational action in the U.S. creates an opportunity for joint research, knowledge transfer and continued low-carbon development.
Vietnam's businesses and government could chart an unprecedented shift toward towards clean energy for Southeast Asia — if they can first address some key barriers.
This paper aims to uncover water risks to India’s thermal power sector.
By many accounts, 2017 has been a disastrous year for important environmental and economic issues. But even the most adverse conditions may hold unexpected blessings. WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer assesses this last year and the opportunities ahead in 2018.
At a time when the Trump administration is abdicating the U.S. position as global climate leader, a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses are stepping up their climate action. Here are four areas of climate action opportunity.
Trees are renewable, so why not let them count under the proposed revisions to the EU renewable energy target? Here we answer this and other questions to demonstrate why burning trees for energy is not inherently climate-friendly.
India’s clean energy push will generate more than 330,000 full-time jobs over the next five years. Can Renewable Energy Jobs Help Reduce Poverty in India? finds that many of these jobs can provide steady incomes, healthcare benefits and skill-building opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled workers. For India’s rural poor, especially women, clean energy jobs offer an alternative to subsistence farming. But decision-makers, from government officials to private sector leaders, must act to maximize poverty reduction impacts.
India plans to generate 160 gigawatts of wind and solar power by 2022, creating 330,000 new jobs. For the country's rural poor, these clean energy positions offer a lucrative alternative to subsistence farming.
Businesses and other organizations in China have a new option for buying renewable energy, thanks to a voluntary trading platform for Green Electricity Certificates.
Renewable energy buying programs have made big strides, but new approaches and more outreach are needed to bring additional buyers into the fold.
This publication proposes a methodology to provide a credible way to estimate mobilized private finance, from public interventions (e.g., policy), for climate finance tracking.
Cleaner cooking, off-grid generation and efficient buildings are key to sustainable urban development for the world's poorest.
This issue brief is a compilation of several green tariff proposals and offerings for commercial and industrial customers in regulated markets in the United States.
When G20 leaders meet in Hamburg this week, they have an opportunity and responsibility to send a clear message that the Trump administration's position on the Paris Agreement -- and the idea that economic growth and action on climate are at odds -- is simply wrong.
Declining costs, political commitment and innovative finance and business models are driving installation.
This is one of the most important government studies you’ve probably never heard of.
The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership, presented by the Corporate Eco Forum. REBA is being honored with the award for demonstrating how collaboration is critical to widespread adoption of renewable energy.
This working paper is designed to equip utilities to create desirable renewable energy products by outlining the needs of large-scale energy buyers, sharing the common practices of successful green tariffs to date, and highlighting key regulatory considerations.
Representatives from countries accounting for 90 percent of the world’s clean energy investment and 75 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions will gather in Beijing this week for the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial. Will they advance renewable energy and efficiency, or will the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement set the talks back?