Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Accelerating Climate Policy Is Simply Good Public Policy
Accelerating Climate Policy Is Simply Good Public Policy
As countries are raising their ambitions in advance of COP26 in Glasgow, more and more attention is turning to the role cities can play in addressing climate change. For urban residents, this is not an academic discussion. As the planet ...
5 Things to Know About the IEA’s Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050
5 Things to Know About the IEA’s Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050
To avoid the worst impacts of climate change and realize the goals of the Paris Agreement, greenhouse gas emissions should fall to net zero by mid-century and then reach net negative emissions thereafter. Responding to the science, 60 countries, as ...
3 Reasons Why Smart Charging is Key for Electric Vehicle Fleets
3 Reasons Why Smart Charging is Key for Electric Vehicle Fleets
The allure of electric vehicles (EVs) has never been stronger. EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, offer lower operating costs than conventional gasoline-powered vehicles and now come in a range of sleek models. With the tailwind of private sector initiatives such ...
3 Lessons from Hong Kong’s Fossil Fuel Vehicle Ban
3 Lessons from Hong Kong’s Fossil Fuel Vehicle Ban
In densely urbanized Hong Kong, transport is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, at 18%. Vehicle traffic is also a major source of toxic air pollutants like NOx, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide, accounting for 18%, 21% ...
Electrifying the School Bus Fleet: How to Put Children First in the Zero-emission Transition
Electrifying the School Bus Fleet: How to Put Children First in the Zero-emission Transition
The past year has been all about protecting ourselves and our children from a serious respiratory illness: COVID-19. But as schools reopen and children return to in-person classrooms, many kids will spend part of every day in a toxic environment that causes harm to ...
U.S. Cities Bought More Renewable Energy Than Ever in 2020. Here’s How
U.S. Cities Bought More Renewable Energy Than Ever in 2020. Here’s How
As the world reels from the financial blow of COVID-19, local governments in the United States are under huge pressure as cities and counties face severe budget shortfalls. This is forcing cuts to crucial spending on education and infrastructure as ...
A Green Recovery Starts with Cities
A Green Recovery Starts with Cities
National governments face an enormous triple challenge right now: recovering from COVID-19, creating sustainable and inclusive development, and addressing the climate crisis. New research shows that focusing on cities is key to overcoming these challenges while generating considerable economic, social and environmental benefits. A ...
Learning from Texas: How Active Efficiency Can Help Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience
Learning from Texas: How Active Efficiency Can Help Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience
Recent events in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. are reminding us that our existing energy system infrastructure and operating structures are increasingly being challenged by severe weather-related events. In Texas, unprecedented freezing temperatures created a “perfect storm” of disruption, including ...
Lessons from Shenzhen’s Green Logistic Zones: Fast-Tracking Zero-Emissions Freight
Lessons from Shenzhen’s Green Logistic Zones: Fast-Tracking Zero-Emissions Freight
Urban freight vehicles constitute less than 10% of vehicles on the road in most cities, but they account for a disproportionate amount of transport-related CO2 emissions and pollutants. According to the Beijing Transport Institute, freight in Beijing accounts for around ...
4 Recommendations to Electrify the Federal Fleet
4 Recommendations to Electrify the Federal Fleet
In his first week in office, President Biden signed an executive order that gives federal agencies 90 days to devise a plan that fully transitions the federal fleet’s roughly 650,000 vehicles — including about 225,000 postal vehicles, 173,000 military vehicles ...
Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal
Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goal
Countries agreed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) as part of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The latest science shows that emissions will need to drop ...
4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected almost all aspects of transportation. For the public sector, economic shutdowns have gutted the tax revenue needed to buy and maintain government vehicle fleets. Perhaps no municipal entity has been hit harder than public transit agencies, which ...
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California will require that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be emissions-free by 2035 – a move that is expected to lead to more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and an 80% cut in ...
Local Climate Action in U.S. Proves Resilient to COVID-19
Local Climate Action in U.S. Proves Resilient to COVID-19
In spite of a global pandemic and the worst economic conditions in nearly a century, U.S. states, cities and businesses are continuing to lead the fight against climate change. A new report by America’s Pledge provides crucial evidence that state ...
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and ...
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