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Risks of and responses to the new fossil fuel economy

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Erickson, P. ; Kartha, S. ; van Asselt, H.; Hallding, K.; Lahtvee, V.; Han, G.
Date: 2013-2014

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This project will provide timely, authoritative, and pertinent analysis on the climate and other social and environmental risks of developing new fossil fuels supply and delivery infrastructure. It will catalog and assess the risks of unconventional gas and oil development, as well as new coal trade infrastructure, with respect to greenhouse emissions and local livelihoods in developing countries. It will identify and focus on "hot spots" or "convergence zones" where countries pursuing green growth initiatives may also face decisions on whether or how to develop sizeable new fossil fuel resources.
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Related Publication(s): Risks of, and Responses to, the New Fossil Fuel Economy
Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impact of New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with the Supply of Fossil Fuels
Greenhouse gas emissions implications of the Keystone XL pipeline
Fossil Fuel Supply, Green Growth, and Unburnable Carbon

The Climate Equity Reference Calculator and Pledge Scorecard

Staff: Kartha, S.

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; Kemp-Benedict, E.
Date: 2012-ongoing

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The Climate Equity Reference Calculator and the Climate Equity Pledge Scorecard are general equity reference tools, designed to allow the user to specify their own preferred interpretation of national responsibility and capacity for climate action. This interpretation is then used to determine each country's fair share of the global climate effort, on both the mitigation and adaptation sides. These tools were developed by SEI and EcoEquity, which together also developed the Greenhouse Development Rights framework. The Calculator and Scorecard have been created to provide a much more general equity reference framework to enable analysis of a broader range of possible conceptions of responsibility, capacity, and fair shares.
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Quantifying Emission Reductions in NMM and FVA: Additionality Determination and Benchmark Setting

Staff: Lazarus, M.

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Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: INFRAS / Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (I&M) and Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN), Switzerland

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI staff are supporting INFRAS in assessing the status and potential outcomes of ongoing UNFCCC negotiations on “a framework for various approaches” and the new market mechanism

Technical Advisory Services to the Partnership for Market Readiness

Staff: Lazarus, M.

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Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: UNEP / Global Environment Facility

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI staff are providing support to the PMR, a forum for collective innovation and action and a fund to support capacity building to scale up climate mitigation. We are leading expert feedback teams in support of the development of market readiness proposal in several countries (Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia), and helping to develop a guidance document on baselines.

Revision and update of elements of Mexico's Low Emissions Development Strategy

Staff: Heaps, C. ; Clark, V.
Date: 2012-13

Research Area(s): Energy Modeling ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: SEI is helping Mexico update its national emissions baseline and identify climate change mitigation opportunities. In recent years, the Mexican government has been involved in various efforts related to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, all with the broader intent of developing a national emissions reduction strategy. This project seeks to revise, update, and strengthen these previous efforts, and generate key elements for the formulation and implementation of a long-term national Low-Emissions Development Strategy, using the LEAP system and drawing on SEI's mitigation expertise.
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Revising GEF's GHG Methodology for Energy Efficiency Projects

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Chandler, C.
Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: UNEP / Global Environment Facility

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: The Global Environment Facility Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel has commissioned SEI and the consultancy Synapse Energy Economics to revise GEF's methodology for calculating the greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits of its energy efficiency projects. SEI and Synapse are developing a spreadsheet model and accompanying documentation that will improve the robustness and consistency of GHG abatement estimates.

Fixing Critical Accounting Gaps in Bioenergy

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Lee, C.M. ; Heaps, C. ; Clark, V.
Date: 2012-ongoing
Client/Funder: SEI Core

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Energy Modeling

Description: Current bioenergy accounting approaches have led to a "critical climate accounting error" in the treatment of greenhouse gas emissions from biomass combustion. SEI is conducting research to identify suitable analytical approaches to better account for bioenergy impacts in GHG mitigation analyses, and to incorporate one or more approach into SEI's LEAP energy planning software.