The vast majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions originate in one of five sectors: power, industry, buildings and appliances, transport, or forests and land use. Employing best practices and proven regulatory changes in these sectors can lead to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions. These same practices and policies can also save consumers and businesses money, foster technological innovation, improve public health, bolster a nation’s economic competitiveness, and enhance its energy security.
To rapidly replicate these proven policies around the globe, ClimateWorks supports Best Practice Networks, institutions staffed by technical and regulatory experts who help design, implement, and enforce proven policies that reduce emissions. These organizations are global leaders in their fields; they have the technical skills and deep experience needed to help policymakers weigh their options and make informed decisions.
In the power sector, ClimateWorks supports campaigns to stop new investments in conventional coal-fired generating stations and to retire existing power plants. We support low-carbon energy policies that incentivize utility-scale energy efficiency and create large-scale markets for renewable sources of energy, like solar and wind. Learn more about our partner in the power sector, the Regulatory Assistance Project.
We support low-carbon energy policies that make energy efficiency profitable. We support advocacy efforts to advance strong policies and standards that require appliances, buildings, and industrial practices to meet aggressive energy efficiency targets. Learn more about our partners in the buildings and appliances sector, the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program and the Global Buildings Performance Network.
In the transport sector, ClimateWorks supports policies that encourage technologies that enable cars and trucks to go farther while using less fuel and emitting less carbon. We also support urban growth policies that improve mass transit and increase alternatives to vehicle use. Learn more about our partners in the transport sector, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the International Council on Clean Transportation.
ClimateWorks is a founding partner of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, a collaborative initiative with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Alliance seeks to catalyze the potential of forested and agricultural landscapes to mitigate climate change and deliver economic, social, and ecological benefits.
Utility reforms, energy audits, efficiency agreements, and standards for the universal equipment used in many factories can steer capital toward clean technologies. In some industries, adoption of best practices can cut carbon emissions by half or more. Learn more about our partner in the industry sector, the Institute for Industrial Productivity.
We encourage implementation of strong domestic and international policies to limit the production of greenhouse gas emissions.