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Gauging what's possible: Modeling climate action in Latin America

December 15, 2014
Heaps, C.
A side-event co-hosted by SEI at COP20 showed how analytical tools such as SEI's LEAP, and integrated analyses like the ongoing CLIMACAP/LEAP project, can help raise mitigation ambition in the region. SEI's Charlie Heaps, developer of LEAP, demonstrated the tool and explained how national planners can develop similar studies in their own countries.
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SEI at the Lima Climate Change Conference

December 13, 2014
Heaps, C. , Davis, M. , Kartha, S.
The Lima Climate Change Conference ran from 1 to 13 December. This is the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP10). Eleven SEI staff, including three from SEI US, participated in events on low-emissions development, intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), adaptation knowledge-sharing, frontier landscapes and other topics, and shared SEI's latest work.
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Better growth and a better climate: Why it pays to tackle both together

September 16, 2014
Lazarus, M. , Erickson, P. , Davis, M.
A major new report co-authored by SEI researchers aims to drive action by world leaders, business executives and investors ahead of major summit on climate change. One of the biggest obstacles to climate action is the fear that it will stanch economic growth – and, in poorer countries, much-needed development. But the new report, Better Growth, Better Climate, shows that today's fast-changing economy offers many opportunities to improve economic growth and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.
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Q&A: Keystone XL, global oil supplies, and climate implications of fossil fuel infrastructure

August 11, 2014
Erickson, P. , Lazarus, M.
A paper by SEI researchers published in Nature Climate Change has reignited debates about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and the need to look at the supply side of the fossil fuel economy. The analysis applies a simple economic model to gauge the potential impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on global greenhouse gas emissions, based on its potential impact on global oil supplies and prices. The authors find that for every barrel of increased production, global oil consumption would increase by 0.6 barrels due to incrementally lower global oil prices. Thus, depending on the extent to which Keystone XL led to greater oil sands production, its net annual impact could range from virtually none to 110 million tonnes CO2 equivalent annually. This spread is four times wider than found by the U.S. State Department (1-27 million tonnes CO2e), which did not account for global oil market effects.
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