Category: White Papers

Best practices for broadening the ownership of renewables

Using a case study approach, the white paper highlights the different ways in which communities actively participate in energy decision making around the world and harness renewable energy’s potential to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for a just transition. The paper also provides a checklist and additional resources that energy communities could consider when developing a renewable energy initiative. 

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Sustainable finance taxonomy in Europe

Lowering the ambition of the EU green taxonomy creates a cascading geopolitical risk. This briefing makes the case for ensuring that the economic activities included in the EU green taxonomy continue to be categorised in line with the principles set out in the Taxonomy Regulation, to avoid reputational damage for Europe, and the weakening of climate ambition internationally.

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Lessons from Leading Utilities in the US

Good for business, good for customers, and supportive of decarbonization goals, electrification efforts are gaining momentum among electric utilities.  But when it comes to implementing electrification programs, the details are paramount. In this white paper, ICF shares case studies from three U.S. utilities that are leading the charge.

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Decarbonising heavy-duty trucking and accelerating the European hydrogen economy

Trucking is only one of many possible use cases for hydrogen. However, it makes economic sense to make trucking an early priority, because most market projections suggest trucking will be one of the first applications to be economic as hydrogen production costs decline. As economies of scale are reached in the sector, it will enable the use of low-carbon hydrogen across all sectors that need it to decarbonise.

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The Governance of US Wholesale Power Markets

This paper “The Governance of Wholesale Power Markets” prepared by Bentham Paulos of Clean Energy States Alliance is the second in a series designed to help state officials and other stakeholders understand wholesale electricity markets. It looks especially at the role of regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in operating regional wholesale power markets.

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Mission 2070: A Green New Deal for a Net Zero India

This white paper has been prepared by World Economic Forum in collaboration with Kearney and Observer Research Foundation. This paper builds the case for why India’s green transformation is an attractive, vital and mandatory component of its overall economic transformation. A Green New Deal for India will necessarily implicate the five sectors that contribute to almost all its GHG emissions: Energy, Mobility, Industry, Green Buildings and Agriculture.

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Advice for US States on 100% Clean Energy Planning

The paper “Advice for States on 100% Clean Energy Planning Part One: The Process for Producing a Plan” was prepared by Warren Leon of Clean Energy States Alliance. To successfully achieve a 100% clean energy goal, a state will need to develop and implement a sound plan of action. This paper, Part One of a two-part series, provides advice for states on the planning process, the organization of a plan, and the presentation of results.

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A Just Transition for Africa: Championing a Fair and Prosperous Pathway to Net Zero

This paper seeks to share insights and recommendations with policymakers in high-income countries on how they can better partner with their counterparts in Africa, to deliver on development for the continent while mitigating climate change and its worst impacts. It draws on the experience of the Tony Blair Institute in providing advisory support at the political level to 17 countries across Africa, both at the centre of government and to departmental sectors such as energy and agriculture.

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Climate Investments in EU in Times of Budget Consolidation

The additional public investment need required to meet the European Union’s climate goals is between 0.5 percent and 1 percent of GDP annually during this decade. Increasing green public investment while consolidating deficits will be a major challenge. While simulations show that budget consolidation can be done at a moderate pace in line with EU rules if those rules are interpreted flexibly, past consolidation episodes resulted in major public investment cuts.

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Implications of a Net-Zero Target for India’s Sectoral Energy Transitions and Climate Policy

It explores four combinations of peaking and net-zero-year scenarios for India (2030–2050, 2030–2060, 2040–2070, and 2050–2080) and analyses how a combination of possible technological developments like carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen production would affect the transition within each of the policy scenarios.

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Net Zero For European Businesses

The briefing “The Race to Net Zero is Good for European Business” by Ciarán Humphreys, Researcher, E3G explores the benefits of the transition to net-zero, in terms of business performance, regional development and international competition. It also examines how governments can support and accelerate this transition through progressive, cohesive policy measures.

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Scaling up Climate Mitigation Policy in Germany

This paper shows the substantial variation in the price responsiveness of emissions across sectors and thus prices implied by sectoral targets. It proposes various measures to help Germany meet emissions targets with greater certainty and cost effectiveness. The paper also studies the distributional impact of higher carbon pricing and suggests that reducing social security contributions can mitigate the regressive direct impact of higher carbon pricing on lower income households.

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Vietnam’s solar and wind power success: Policy implications for the other ASEAN countries

It analyzes the factors that have facilitated Vietnam’s recent rapid solar and wind power expansion and draws policy insights for other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A policy-mix analysis focusing on targets, incentive instruments, enabling regulations, and policy implementation is carried out, informed by semi-structured interviews with 20 Vietnamese experts during the period January–March 2021.

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Unlocking Access to Climate Finance for Pacific Islands Countries

While climate change is primarily caused by emissions from large advanced and emerging market economies, the Pacific islands are among those most heavily impacted by the adverse effects of climate change. This departmental paper by International Monetary Fund provides an in-depth overview of access to climate finance for Pacific Island Countries, evaluating successes and challenges faced by countries and proposes a way forward to unlock access to climate funds.

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The Role of CCUS in Accelerating Canada’s Transition to Net-Zero

Canada has been an enthusiastic developer and implementer of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, currently accounting for nearly 20 per cent of installed CCUS capacity globally. This paper by Nnaziri Ihejirika, Research Associate, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explores the recent developments in the CCUS space in Canada, the major opportunities and outlook.

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Feasibility Assessment of Agriculture Solar Micro Grids in India

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water has released an issue brief titled, “Feasibility Assessment of Agriculture Solar Micro Grids: A Case Study of TP-DDL Discom in North Delhi”. The brief discusses the economic analysis of a medium-sized solar plant (1 MW) connected to agriculture feeders under different business models: farmer-owned, discom-owned and third-party-owned.

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Finessing India’s Power Market Design to be More Competitive

A new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) looks at the benefits and potential roadblocks to implementation of these key reforms and argues that they are important steps towards transforming India’s power sector into a low-emissions, low-cost and profitable part of the economy. The note also discusses the second progressive market development: the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) draft regulations for procurement, deployment and payment of ancillary services to maintain the grid frequency at 50 Hertz.

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How Wholesale Power Markets Work in The US

The white paper “How Wholesale Power Markets Work” has been prepared by Bentham Paulos for the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative which has been created by Clean Energy States Alliance. This is the first of a series of explainers on the impact of 100% clean power on wholesale markets and explores how power markets work today.

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