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The landmark Paris Agreement to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy marked a sea change in the global fight against climate change. A swelling tide of carbon-limiting regulations has since emerged, shifting the narrative from what once was a largely ethical debate about the sustainability of our planet for future generations, to a material set of risks and opportunities for the global economy and financial markets, today.
Earlier this month, a new kind of player emerged on carbon pricing: colleges and universities. They are not only implementing carbon prices; they are researching and sharing their work. Casey Pickett provides a recap from the launch of the Toolkit for Internal Carbon Pricing in Higher Education and calls for greater engagement from leaders in higher-education.
The impacts of the changing climate are becoming increasingly evident, especially for the most vulnerable people in the world. We must limit the carbon and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. There is no Plan B because, as President Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has said, “There is no Planet B.”
In the wake of the historic Paris Agreement, new partnerships are emerging around the world to keep the momentum on climate action going — including the Declaration on Carbon Pricing in the Americas. Neydi Cruz, Angela Churie Kallhauge, Dirk Forrister, and Nathaniel Keohane lay out the background to the Declaration and what the partners have achieved since its December 2017 signing.
As the global economy heads towards large scale carbon emission reductions, implementation will be challenging for some and progress may be limited as a result. But as has been the case in all aspects of economic growth over many centuries, trade should be fully utilised to solve these issues and move forward.
On October 3-4, 2018, the Global Maritime Forum organized its inaugural Annual Summit in Hong Kong. Opened by Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Ms Carrie Lam, the Summit focused on three topics of major relevance for the shipping industry: decarbonization, digitalization and protections. Additionally, a statement signed by 34 shipping CEOs was released calling for enhanced climate action under the International Maritime Organization, including the use of carbon pricing.
Building on the work of Smith students and faculty—as well as recommendations of the college’s Study Group on Climate Change—Breanna Parker designed a carbon pricing strategy that is part of a toolkit being distributed by the national Carbon Pricing in Higher Education Working Group.
The toolkit—developed by Smith, Yale, Swarthmore and other colleges in collaboration with Second Nature and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition—includes case studies and recommendations on how colleges and universities can put a price tag on carbon emissions to demonstrate the environmental costs of specific products and technologies.
ASU Now spoke to Mick Dalrymple, director of University Sustainability Practices and deputy sustainability operations officer at Arizona State University, to discuss the consequences of the IPCC Report and what ASU is doing to reduce its carbon footprint.
William Nordhaus has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Nordhaus, now Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale, suggested incorporating into economic models the costs of carbon dioxide emissions as early as 1975. He developed influential models to analyze the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. His work provided a basis for the United States’ Federal estimate of the social cost of carbon initiated under President George W. Bush and completed under President Obama. Social cost of carbon estimates are now used by governments around the world and Nordhaus’s DICE model is at the core of much of the IPCC’s analysis on benefits and costs. In 2014, Professor Nordhaus led the development of Yale’s carbon charge, an internal revenue-neutral carbon pricing system that covers about 70% of the university’s building-related emissions.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has become the first multilateral development institution to disclose climate-related risk under the guidelines of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), joining a number of entities that are taking steps to identify and mitigate climate-related financial risk. The disclosure, made in IFC’s 2018 Annual Report, signals a growing momentum for climate-related disclosures.
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