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Natural gas needs strong 'guardrails' if it is to serve as 'bridge' to low-carbon future

May 28, 2015
Lazarus, M. , Tempest, K.
An SEI analysis for the New Climate Economy project shows the climate implications of increasing natural gas use are far from straightforward. While gas could, as many argue, provide a lower-carbon alternative to coal in the power sector, and help avoid "lock-in" of new coal power plants, it could also "lock-out" other, lower-emission alternatives. Without carefully designed policy "guardrails", using a natural gas as a "bridge" could be very risky.
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Q&A: Michael Lazarus on taking the helm of SEI's U.S. Center

February 20, 2015
Lazarus, M.
Michael Lazarus, who became Center Director on Jan. 1, has built his career at SEI. He joined the U.S. Center in 1989, when it was housed at the Tellus Institute in Boston, focusing on reform of the U.S. electricity sector and on energy planning and climate change mitigation capacity-building. In the early 2000s, after moving to Seattle, he turned his attention to state and local climate action, working with stakeholders in nearly a dozen U.S. states. He has also worked extensively on international climate policy, including carbon markets, and served on the Clean Development Mechanism's Methodology Panel.
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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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