Overcoming Hurdles to Clean Energy Commercialization

November 18, 2011

In the absence of a global framework for regulating emissions, the future of the planet largely rests on choices by private firms and investors regarding which technologies to pursue and commercialize.
by David L. Levy
Despite the mounting evidence of severe climate change, there is a funding crisis for potential solutions. The Department of Energy [...]

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Mobilizing the Private Sector on Climate Change

June 14, 2011

The lesson for public policy here is the importance of structuring incentives and managing expectations to shape business models and channel corporate resources in a positive rather than counterproductive way. In the face of global policy uncertainty, a key task is to maintain momentum by creating a predictable business and regulatory environment.

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Corporate Governance for Sustainability

April 30, 2011

The Boston University Pardee Center recently released this report on Governance for a Green Economy: Beyond Rio+20: Governance for a Green Economy. The report was released at a recent UN meeting preparing for the 2012 Rio+20 conference. Below is an edited version of my chapter in the report.

by David L. Levy
A global transition to a [...]

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The Promise of Carbon Capitalism?

February 2, 2011

Review of Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy by Drs. Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson, Cambridge University Press (2010).
Can capitalism effectively respond to climate change? This is the timely and critically important question posed by Peter Newell and Matthew Paterson at the beginning of their book, Climate Capitalism. It’s [...]

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It’s The Real Thing: The Power of Koch

September 8, 2010

We are at a critical juncture, as a backlash appears to be derailing action on climate change. If progressive groups want to address this threat, we need to understand the interests, strategies, and cultural politics at play.
by David L. Levy
Brian Flannery, chief climate strategist for ExxonMobil, recently circulated his rather depressing report from the UN [...]

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BP’s Exit from USCAP: An Alarm Signal?

February 23, 2010

Four months is a long time in climate politics. Back in October 2009, the momentum toward a global carbon regime seemed ineluctable. President Obama held a super-majority in the US Senate, China appeared amenable to a deal, high-profile companies were defecting from the US Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate action, and a [...]

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SEC Guidance a Boost for Carbon Disclosure

February 10, 2010

This post is by my colleague Lucia Silva Gao, Assistant Professor of Finance, College of Management, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on the relationship between environmental and financial performance.
On January 27, 2010 the SEC voted to issue interpretive guidance on disclosure requirements of climate risks in SEC filings. The SEC stressed that [...]

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Beyond Brokenhagen

February 1, 2010

Business and Climate Change in the Post-Copenhagen Era
By David L. Levy
(This is an updated version of an earlier posting)
President Obama’s decision to speak at the COP-15 climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 cannot have been easy. Obama surely did not want to invest his shrinking political capital in backing the doomed international conference, but [...]

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Climate Change and Clean Tech in Israel

January 12, 2010
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Israel is a small country of 7.5 million people with an oversized political and media footprint. It also has a growing carbon footprint problem on its current development path, as noted in the November 2009 McKinsey report on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential in Israel (the 5-page summary is in English, click here for full [...]

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McKinsey’s Expanding Free Lunch Program

December 8, 2009

By David L. Levy
The Financial Times reported some intriguing new McKinsey data this week on carbon mitigation costs across sectors and countries. The data indicate that there are substantial differences in costs, and predictably, that building efficiency, lighting, and HVAC are the low-hanging fruit available at negative cost. The implication is that US companies [...]

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