by Fiona Kinniburgh In April 2013, the GHG Protocol, a partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, released new guidelines to account for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both upstream and downstream corporate activities. Previously, GHG Protocol developed and published guidelines for Scope 1 emissions – which encompass […]

by Alexis Saba A new report by the Columbia Center for Climate Change Law and Columbia University’s Modi Research Group explores the technical and legal landscape for combined heat and power in New York City.  Also known as CHP or cogeneration, combined heat and power is the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy from […]

A new white paper by CCCL Visiting Fellow Stéphanie Chuffart examines how to improve technology transfer under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Response to climate change will critically depend on the cost, performance, and availability of technologies that can lower emissions and help us mitigate and adapt to climate change. Technological […]

The Center for Climate Change Law has completed the Clean Energy Investment US-India Project. The project aimed to ease the path for U.S. investors and solar and other renewable energy equipment manufacturers to access the Indian market. So far, investment in this expanding market has been limited by high transaction costs. Funded by a generous […]

by  Andrew H. Meyer Until recently, the most advanced form of grid-deployed energy storage involved pumping water up a hill.  But newer storage technologies like flywheels and chemical batteries have recently achieved technological maturity and are well into successful pilot stages and, in some cases, commercial operation.  If widely adopted these new energy storage technologies […]

On May 6, 2013, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s dispute settlement system held that Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program to support renewable energy development was inconsistent with Canada’s international trade obligations.  The decision confirmed the conclusion reached by the dispute settlement panel which first ruled on the case in December 2012, […]

Teresa Parejo Navajas Professor of Law Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) On March 1, 2013, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved a Preliminary Law regarding electric systems, which includes a section about environmental control of the technique of hydrofracturing (“fracking”). The preliminary law proposes that those projects that would need to use fracking in […]

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