Designing Climate Solutions
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Full color throughout. 60 illustrations
With the effects of climate change already upon us, the need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions is nothing less than urgent. It’s a daunting challenge, but the technologies and strategies to meet it exist today. A small set of energy policies, designed and implemented well, can put us on the path to a low carbon future. Energy systems are large and complex, so energy policy must be focused and cost-effective. One-size-fits-all approaches simply won’t get the job done. Policymakers need a clear, comprehensive resource that outlines the energy policies that will have the biggest impact on our climate future, and describes how to design these policies well.
Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy is the first such guide, bringing together the latest research and analysis around low carbon energy solutions. Written by Hal Harvey, CEO of the policy firm Energy Innovation, with Robbie Orvis and Jeffrey Rissman of Energy Innovation, Designing Climate Solutions is an accessible resource on lowering carbon emissions for policymakers, activists, philanthropists, and others in the climate and energy community. In Part I, the authors deliver a roadmap for understanding which countries, sectors, and sources produce the greatest amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and give readers the tools to select and design efficient policies for each of these sectors. In Part II, they break down each type of policy, from renewable portfolio standards to carbon pricing, offering key design principles and case studies where each policy has been implemented successfully.
We don’t need to wait for new technologies or strategies to create a low carbon future—and we can’t afford to. Designing Climate Solutions gives professionals the tools they need to select, design, and implement the policies that can put us on the path to a livable climate future.
"A compact but detailed how-to guide for developing energy policies that have real impact."
"In the real world of environmental protection, decision makers need detailed information on which policies will have the biggest impact, and how to design those policies so they really deliver. Designing Climate Solutions is an outstanding resource."
Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, 2009-2013
"We are dangerously behind in the existential race to deal with climate change. The cost of inaction far exceeds the cost of action. Hal Harvey has been on the front lines of this fight for years. He knows what he is writing about and his book offers focused, tested strategies for policy makers who are serious about making a difference."
John Kerry, former US Secretary of State and former US Senator
"Hal Harvey's response to increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather is this timely, thoughtful roadmap to a sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants. He combines pragmatic optimism and common sense to produce science-based policy options that can enable us to save our planet while strengthening the world's economies."
Tom Carper, US Senator
"The cognitive dissonance between the real impacts of climate change and responses to it is dangerous in the extreme. Hal Harvey's new book shows us, with crystal-clear analysis, how to do more and faster. It is a bright master plan and a must-read for policy makers."
Laurence Tubiana, former French climate ambassador for COP 21
"Hal Harvey has earned an international reputation as adviser to governments, businesses, and utilities, showing which levers can most effectively deal with climate change. The innovative economic and regulatory techniques found here can solve tough energy problems. Harvey provides a gift—a handbook to his techniques as understandable as a storybook."
Rush D. Holt, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science
PART I: A Roadmap for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 1. Putting Us On Track to a Low-Carbon Future
Chapter 2. Energy Policy Design
Chapter 3. How to Prioritize Policies for Emissions Reduction
PART II: The Top Policies for Greenhouse Gas Abatement
SECTION 1: The Power Sector
Chapter 4. Renewable Portfolio Standards and Feed-In Tariffs
Chapter 5. Complementary Power Sector Policies
SECTION 2: The Transportation Sector
Chapter 6. Vehicle Performance Standards
Chapter 7. Vehicle and Fuel Fees and Feebates
Chapter 8. Electric Vehicle Policies
Chapter 9. Urban Mobility Policies
SECTION 3: The Buildings Sector
Chapter 10. Building Codes and Appliance Standards
SECTION 4: The Industry Sector
Chapter 11. Industrial Energy Efficiency
Chapter 12. Industrial Process Emissions Policies
SECTION 5: Cross-Sector Policies
Chapter 13. Carbon Pricing
Chapter 14. Research and Development Policies
Chapter 15. Policies for a Post-2050 World
Appendix 1. The Energy Policy Simulator
Appendix 2. Methodology for Quantitative Policy Assessment
About the Authors
With climate change already impacting us, what policies should we prioritize now to achieve a low carbon future? And what are the models for urban development that will put cities on the low carbon path while helping them thrive in a changing climate?
Join SSF and Island Press in a 90-minute webinar to explore these questions. Peter Fox-Penner, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University, will moderate. He’ll be joined by panelists Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation and co-author of Designing Climate Solutions, and John Cleveland, Executive Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and co-author of Life After Carbon.
Climate change is hitting the U.S. with extreme weather and the world’s scientists say we have a decade to limit greenhouse gas emissions before we lock in dangerous levels of global warming.
Fortunately, the technologies and policies exist to win on climate: Renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuel in many parts of the country, and technology like electric vehicles and clean energy save money while creating good jobs and economic growth.
Join U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Hal Harvey, CEO of think tank Energy Innovation and author of the book Designing Climate Solutions, to discuss how the U.S. can prevent dangerous climate change while building resilient communities and a stronger economy.