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.
The Agreement adopted at COP21 in Paris takes the world further than it has ever gone before on climate policy. WRI Climate Director Jennifer Morgan explains.
"Under President Obama, the United States has sent a clear message at home and abroad that it's serious about climate action," write WRI Board member and former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson. "We've vastly increased fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, set standards to limit carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan, and brought China and other countries together around firm international commitments for action."
Large, private sector energy customers wanting to buy more renewable energy are already driving change in electricity markets by scaling up clean power delivered through the grid. More renewables in countries’ power grids will accelerate progress toward emissions-reduction targets put forth in Paris.
If successful, the new international climate agreement forged in Paris will send strong signals to financial markets—and therefore to businesses and investors—about the direction of energy for the foreseeable future.
PARIS (November 30, 2015)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders announced the International Solar Alliance today in Paris.
WASHINGTON (November 27, 2015)—Yesterday, Unilever announced a number of new sustainability commitments ahead of the Paris climate talks (COP21), including a goal to become "carbon positive" by 2030.
WASHINGTON (November 5, 2015)– Renewable energy supply is set to double collectively in eight major economies by 2030 spurred on by new national climate and energy plans, according to new analysis by World Resources Institute. These renewable energy levels will be 18 percent higher in 2030 than previously projected growth rates, WRI found.
With international climate negotiations mere weeks away in Paris, there is keen interest in how countries' climate action plans, known as INDCs, will address climate change. A new assessment shows 80 percent of INDCs submitted so far -- including those from the world's eight biggest emitters -- call for an increase in the supply of clean energy.
Under the U.S. Clean Power Plan, Pennsylvania must reduce power sector emissions by 24-25 percent below 2012 levels by 2030. New analysis shows the state's existing clean energy policies and opportunities to make better use of existing power plans could get it more than halfway to that emissions target.
Editor’s Note: WRI Expert Kristin Meek will testify at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection listening session on Wednesday, November 4
On August 3, 2015, EPA finalized standards for existing power plants that will help drive additional CO2 emission reductions by 2030.
Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies on the planet, but the lack of affordable, reliable energy could challenge continued economic and social development. Distributed power generation could be part of the solution.
10 Questions to Ask about Distributed Generation, a collaboration between WRI, WWF and Prayas (Energy Group), is part of the 10 Questions to Ask Series and provides a framework for stakeholder engagement around the common questions and challenges that arise in the context of planning for and implementing DG option to address electricity access gaps.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals aim to eradicate poverty and spur economic growth while respecting planetary boundaries. Now world leaders face the difficult task of putting them into action.
The momentum behind corporate demand for renewable energy is spreading rapidly, beyond the early-adopters to a wider range of companies.
New study recommends radical shift in energy policies in Brazil to improve integration with climate goals
It is impossible to succeed in today's economy without access to energy. But for an estimated 1.3 billion people, mostly in the developing world, electric power is still out of reach. Even among those with energy access, many still face unreliable service and regular blackouts. This is why it is so important that we push for Goal 7 of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals: "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all."