Energy

Q&A with Doris Capurro, President and CEO of LUFT Energía

Founded in 2016, LUFT Energía is a leader in renewable energy investment in Argentina, and its investments are helping the country meet hard-to-reach targets for alternative energy production. Today, fossil fuels account for 86 percent of electricity produced in Argentina, and less than 2 percent comes from renewable energy sources. By law, that has to change, and quickly. In 2016, Argentine lawmakers committed the country to an 8 percent target by year-end, and 20 percent by 2025.

New Innovations for Green Financing in Urban China

To reduce the energy and carbon footprint of Chinese cities and meet the country's Paris Climate Agreement targets, it is estimated that by 2020, China needs to invest $254 billion to support the construction of green buildings and retrofit existing ones. There is potential for a billion-dollar market of cost-effective, green, and energy efficient building opportunities in China; however, few structures exist in China’s market for banks and institutional investors to deploy capital for energy efficiency.

Aiming Low: Wielding New Low-Carbon Tools to Help Chinese and U.S. Cities Peak Carbon

Chinese cities, long plagued by smog from cars and coal, are now laboratories experimenting with low-carbon policies to reach new energy solutions. By 2017, China had 81 city and 6 provincial low-carbon pilots that represent 56% of China’s GDP and 40% of the country’s carbon emissions. Several of these cities have emerged as climate action leaders, committing to peak carbon before the national government’s 2030 deadline.

Event Summary: Biofuels and the Green Energy Push: Brazil-U.S. Cooperation in Implementing Carbon Emissions Reduction Policies

Late last year, the Brazilian government introduced a new biofuels policy program to meet its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement’s section on “Nationally Determined Contributions” to reduce carbon emissions. RenovaBio, as the program is known, was approved in record time by the Brazilian Congress and signed into law by President Michael Temer in December 2017. Based in part on the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the U.S.

Beheading Dragons: Streamlining China’s Environmental Governance

In March, China’s National People’s Congress passed sweeping reforms to streamline environmental governance in order to more rapidly mitigate China's crushing air, water, and soil pollution. Natural resource and pollution regulation have long been fragmented and managed by overlapping bureaucracies in China, leading to infighting and buck passing.

The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?

Last December, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored an event on turmoil across the Middle East with four experienced analysts and practitioners. We agreed to gather again a half-year later to review our observations and conclusions.

Biofuels and the Green Energy Push: Brazil-U.S. Cooperation in Implementing Carbon Emissions Reduction Policies

Late last year, the Brazilian government introduced a new biofuels policy program to meet its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement’s section on “Nationally Determined Contributions” to reduce carbon emissions.  RenovaBio, as the program is known, was approved in record time by the Brazilian Congress and signed into law by President Michael Temer in December. Based in part on the US Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the State of California’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the new Brazilian program has opened space for renewed cooperation between the world’s largest producers of bio

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