Climate Inc. is a blog devoted to discussion of business and climate change. There are other great climate change blogs out there – Climate Progress, for example, is probably the best general resource on on the politics, science, and economics of climate change. But Climate Inc. aspires to be the top resource for discussing the numerous ways that climate change will affect business in the coming decades. It will examine how business is (or is not) responding, the economics of business action, and how public policy can support action on climate change.
Climate Inc. is being launched in parallel with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Management. SERC’s mission is to foster a transition to a clean, sustainable, and prosperous economy by engaging in collaborations among businesses, universities, and policymakers to promote teaching, research, and service. Climate Change is a core focus of the Center, and it will help envision and realize a low-carbon, competitive regional economy that serves as a model to the world.
Professor David Levy, the editor of Climate Inc. and the director of SERC, has been researching and writing about climate change and business for over twelve years. You can read more about him here and visit his low-tech academic home page for more information about his publications and presentations. And now for the fine print: Climate Inc. is not formally affiliated with UMass-Boston, and the University does not take responsibility for the views expressed herein.
Markets for clean technology are growing rapidly, but nearly every sector will be challenged to redesign processes and products and to develop new management systems to assess and control emissions along the value chain. The financial services industry, for example, will play a key role in the transformation to a low-carbon economy. Banks need to find new ways to model carbon risk, accounting firms need to develop expertise in measuring carbon, equity analysts need to incorporate climate change into their asset valuations, and venture capital firms need to channel funds to promising clean technology companies.
Climate Inc. will be strive to be informative, insightful, provocative, witty, analytical, and accessible. It will bring together the views of academics, business managers, policymakers, journalists, professionals, and other thought leaders on climate change. Along the journey, we’ll look at a host of topics, including: the growth of carbon markets; renewables and the clean tech sector; low-carbon technology and market strategies; government and public relations; the growth of carbon accounting, finance, and consulting; and implications for workforce training and management education.
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