What Success Means For COP21

World Leaders Speak At UN Climate Summit

If you want to know what how a rational optimist defines success for COP21, take a look at Rob Stavins’s latest post.


Last Friday, the incoming head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Faith Birol, provided a briefing to U.S. stakeholders about IEA’s new special report on climate change, which found that global emissions could peak by the end of this decade without reducing economic growth. The report outlines five key pillars for turning the emissions corner by… Keep reading →


The number wasn’t a big reveal – the Obama administration signaled last November, in a joint announcement with China, that it wanted to commit the U.S. to greenhouse-gas emissions cuts of 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Still, advocates for bold U.S. action, like Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union… Keep reading →

New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020, and they are now turning their attention to preparing what they will commit to… Keep reading →