ghg emissions

Climate Policy in Developing Countries: Does One Size Fit All?

December 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Climate Policy and Devloping Countries

A key concern at the Paris climate negotiations is to find a fair, effective, and economically viable way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, which are expected to vastly outpace those produced in developed countries in the coming decades.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Obama Signs Order to Cut Government GHG Emissions and Boost Renewable Energy

March 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Obama Administration and Emissions Reduction

Recently President Obama singed an executive order regarding government energy targets, toured a solar panel installation on the Department of Energy’s roof, and gave brief remarks before kicking off a roundtable with large US companies that do over $1 billion in business with the federal government.[read more]

The European Union Continues on Its Course to Lower GHG Emissions

November 4, 2014 by Henry Auer

EU and GHG Emissions

The nations of the world are working toward establishing a new climate treaty by late 2015 that would lower future greenhouse gas emissions (among other provisions). Independently, the EU agreed to a significant goal in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases on October 23, 2014.[read more]

New EPA Rules to Come Out June 2, New Report on Technologies for Carbon Reduction

May 23, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

EPA and GHG Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop its first greenhouse gas performance standards for new and existing power plants. These standards could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]

Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

February 26, 2014 by James Coleman

On Monday, February 24, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for stationary industrial sources of greenhouse gases.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Encouraging Advanced Biofuels Development in a Low Carbon Economy

February 27, 2013 by Jeff Kessler

Harvesting for Biofuels via Shutterstock


The majority of biofuel development to date has been driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the United States and the ethanol program in Brazil, Proálcool. These programs have created a burgeoning ethanol industry, and the RFS program has gone slightly further to provide additional support for biodiesel and to lay the groundwork for next generation biofuels like cellulosic ethanol.[read more]

Could IT Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16% by 2020?

December 19, 2012 by Clifton Yin

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative, an information and communication technology (ICT) industry partnership, just released a new report that details how expanded use of ICT could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5% by 2020 and offset $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel costs. Unsurprisingly, the power and transportation sectors are found to have the highest potential for GHG emission reduction via greater ICT adoption.[read more]

Initial IPCC Predictions on Global Temperature Rise Remarkably Accurate

December 12, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

The tremendous complexity combined with the short-term and local variability of climate make accurately forecasting global climate change one of the most challenging and daunting tasks ever undertaken by the scientific community. Nonetheless, spurred on by growing number of signs that significant climate changes were under way, climate...[read more]

New Report Suggests Best Approach to Invest Cap and Trade Revenue

April 19, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard

California’s safest option for guarding against lawsuits over how it spends the billions anticipated from its landmark cap-and-trade program is to channel the auction revenue toward reducing greenhouse gas pollution and furthering the goals of its Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), according to a recent analysis.The conclusion by the...[read more]

Canada’s Step Away From the Kyoto Protocol Can Be a Constructive Step Forward

June 13, 2011 by Robert Stavins

Canada confirmed today (June 10, 2011) that it will not take on a target under an extension of the Kyoto Protocol following the completion of the first commitment period, 2008-2012.  Given that Canada is likely to miss by a wide margin its current target under the first commitment period, this decision may not be surprising, but it...[read more]

The Results of Energy Policy

January 5, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The combination of an energy event yesterday in Washington, DC that I was unable to attend and a comment I received on Monday's posting got me thinking about energy policy in the context of the new year and the start of the new Congressional session today.National energy policy has been debated throughout my adult life, whether the...[read more]

Expanded investment for Green Chemicals: Outlook for 2011

January 4, 2011 by Doris de Guzman

After the dark economic events of 2009, 2010 is a brighter year for renewable chemical/ industrial biotechnology/ green chemistry companies as far as project milestones, investment activities and company exposures are concerned. More traditional chemical [and petroleum] companies are jumping into the concept of using renewable-based...[read more]

How to “Green” a Hamburger

January 4, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Plastic bags, SUVs and hamburgers: No right-thinking tree-hugger would endorse them, at least not in public. But here’s the thing: While we can replace plastic bags with reusable ones, and we can electrify our SUVs, the world’s consumers will almost surely demand more, not less, beef in the years ahead. Which is why the World Wildlife...[read more]