Considering the gridlock around climate policies in many countries around the world, any agreement seems laudable, but in reality the new EU climate strategy continues to follow an ageing, failing climate policy paradigm that depends entirely on setting carbon targets and prices, but fails to accelerate clean energy innovation.
Energy & Climate
How the DOE's Better Buildings Challenge is Pushing Deep Decarbonization
On paper, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge is rather modest. Gently push U.S. industrial and commercial building owners to commit to cutting energy consumption 20 percent or more over 10 years — a very small drop in the global carbon bucket. But the program is turning out to be much more transformative, by driving building owners to reach for deep decarbonization goals rather than just the low-hanging fruit.
Slow Climate Change or End Energy Poverty? Let's Do Both.
The goal of curbing global greenhouse gas emissions can sometimes appear at odds with efforts to expand electricity access to the 1.3 billion around the world without it. But it is feasible to make progress on both fronts if policymakers properly address energy innovation as part of a global climate strategy.