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Keystone XL's biggest GHG impact could be effect on global oil consumption

December 19, 2013
Erickson, P. , Lazarus, M.
An SEI-US analysis identifies a major gap in existing estimates of Keystone XL's potential emissions impact: they appear to pay little attention to the pipeline's effect on the global oil supply, prices and resulting demand. To the extent that Keystone XL enables significantly greater development of Canadian oil sands, the analysis finds, the pipeline's greatest impact on GHG emissions could be its effect on global oil prices and, in turn, consumption.
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SEI launches research on the new fossil fuel economy

September 27, 2013
Erickson, P. , Lazarus, M.
SEI recently launched a project that aims to deepen understanding of the risks posed by new investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, and of the possible policy responses. The project's first discussion brief reviews methods used to analyze the incremental greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impact of fossil fuel infrastructure projects, such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline or coal export terminals in the U.S. How should the emissions impact be assessed? It's a critically important question, yet as our research shows, it defies an easy answer. Other discussion briefs will touch on, among other topics, accounting for the GHG emissions associated with fossil fuel extraction, and the equity implications of one of the necessary steps in limiting climate change: leaving most of the remaining fossil fuel reserves in the ground.
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SEI supports countries tackling short-lived climate pollutants

August 10, 2013
Heaps, C. , Veysey, J. , Davis, M.
Pollutants that don't remain in the atmosphere for long, such as methane, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and black carbon (soot), play an important role in short-term climate change, with particularly large impacts in urban areas and sensitive regions such as the Arctic. They also affect human health, crop yields and ecosystems. As part of SEI's role in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), we are leading an initiative to help countries develop SLCPs National Action Plans, and we have developed a tool to assess the potential for mitigating SLCP emissions in each country, based on SEI's Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) system.

New Colombia partnership enables joint research, capacity-building

August 1, 2013
Escobar, M. , Purkey, D. , Sieber, J.
SEI has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, in Bogotá, Colombia. The agreement, which covers an initial term of three years, creates a framework for collaboration on research, training and support for environmental policy management. Both institutions will explore opportunities to finance long-term research to develop the Orinoco River basin. They will draft joint proposals, exchange knowledge and organize conferences and workshops.
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