Energy Innovation Policy and Technology LLC® has launched a new South Korea EPS model in partnership with the NEXT Group and updated the Mexico and India Energy Policy Simulator (EPS) models. The Mexico EPS was upgraded to the 3.3.1 platform to enable forecasting changes in jobs, gross domestic product, and public health impacts, while India EPS data was updated to account for slower GDP growth resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Solar power plays an essential role in the clean energy transition, but its land-use requirements put it in direct competition with agriculture. New research on agrivoltaics demonstrates the benefits of combining both solar and agricultural production including increased productivity, water conservation, and local economic development, while also bolstering public support for clean energy.
The United States Energy Policy Simulator 3.3 update builds on the previously released version 3.2.1 by adding demographic breakdowns of premature mortality, improving the user interface, and adding policies to address domestic manufacturing and nitrous oxide emissions, among other improvements.
A critical tipping point for the Earth’s climate is the potential transformation of the world’s largest tropical forests from carbon sinks into net sources of emissions, which has been challenging for researchers to predict. But now, groundbreaking studies analyzing observations from Amazonian and African tropical forests find these forests have already reached or are nearing their “saturation points.” Halting deforestation and degradation of forests, while cutting global emissions is critical.
Soil scientists disagree about whether soil carbon sequestration can effectively help decarbonize the atmosphere, but this debate does not undermine the substantive body of science supporting immediate, widespread adoption of practices protecting and restoring soil carbon.
The Paris Agreement’s five year anniversary was marked by governments enacting policy to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions, as well as the U.S. announcing it will re-enter the pact. But what exactly does the U.S. stand to gain by rejoining, and what can nations gain from renewed ambition?
Research demonstrates well-designed policies can help biofuels and bioenergy meet niche energy needs sustainably, while alternative technologies mature and deploy at scale.
For the first time in history, Members of Congress have produced a comprehensive plan to decarbonize the entire U.S. economy, while bringing U.S. emissions to net zero by 2050. This brighter future is ours for the taking.
This research review outlines opportunities for climate-friendly stimulus packages to help economies recover and reduce emissions while promoting social and environmental co-benefits.