|Climate Protection Policies: Can We Afford to Delay? (WRI, 1997, 44 pages)|
The Climate Protection Initiative (CPI) is a partnership between WRI and private firms to identify acceptable policies and business strategies for achieving strong climate protection goals. This institute-wide effort is motivated by the belief that there is a positive link between climate protection and a sound economy. Wider recognition of this linkage is essential for the development and implementation of an effective international climate treaty.
WRI's CPI team is working with leading corporations to define Safe Climate, Sound Business Scenarios - policy pathways for stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations and meeting world energy demand, while maintaining a healthy economic environment. We are contributing to business strategies by developing case studies of how companies have overcome barriers to implementing carbon dioxide reduction initiatives and achieved financial and productivity benefits. And, we are investigating how the development of advanced technologies could position such industries as electronics and communications as leaders in climate protection.
The build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and human-caused warming of the Earth is the largest global environmental challenge facing society as it approaches the 21st century. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if action is not taken to slow and reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, there could be ecological impacts on a scale outside all of human experience. In turn, these impacts would have serious economic and social consequences. Significant technological, economic, and policy changes are needed now and in the coming decades to head off these risks.
The actions needed to address the threat of climate change, however, provide an opportunity to chart a more sustainable course into the future as individual firms and national economies become more efficient, embrace environmentally-sound technologies, and accelerate the transition to a global economy fueled by renewable energy resources.
The CPI team is committed to designing and advancing policy options that are flexible and market-based, allow least-cost mitigation strategies, and are sensitive to competitiveness issues within and among nations. Through this initiative, WRI seeks to reduce the risks of climate change while nurturing sustainable economic development worldwide.
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