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    Unlocking the Retrofit Revolution: How to Translate Climate Funds Into Energy Efficiency Action

    In the U.S., buildings account for 40% of energy-related emissions. Governments have long understood the substantial contribution buildings make to overall emissions and have made efforts to reduce their impact over the past three decades through state-led retrofitting incentives. Yet these efforts have largely been piecemeal and have failed to drive renovation at sufficient scale to deliver on climate commitments. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

    This report from ROCKWOOL Group and Cambridge Econometrics seeks to break new ground in tackling this delivery challenge, working across silos with 40 international stakeholders throughout the renovation value chain to translate money into accelerated action.

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    100% for 100% Climate Narrative and Movement Building Case Study

    The 100% for 100% Climate Narrative and Movement Building Case Study illustrates how political and social outcomes were achieved as a result of placing equity at the center of an organization’s culture, programmatic mission and financial model. It tells the story of how The Solutions Project popularized the 100% renewable energy goal and expanded its core purpose to be 100% renewable energy for 100% of the people.”

    This narrative shift took place through collaborative partnerships and a series of internal transitions that led to a commitment to becoming a radically inclusive and culture-led organization. The case study highlights how The Solutions Project overcame internal and external operational challenges to shape an equitable 100% renewable energy narrative, as well as lessons learned for other leaders working to tackle the climate emergency and advance bold solutions.

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    How to Advance Energy Affordability with an Integrated Utility Strategy

    With social justice rising as one of the most critical issues of our time, employees, investors, and stakeholders of all kinds are asking utilities what they can do to. Where can they make an impact?The most direct answer: energy affordability.The most direct answer: energy affordability.

    This paper makes the case for a bold, whole-of-utility approach to energy affordability, sharing examples of promising pilots and outlining concrete steps that utility leaders can take to meet the moment and set the stage for a more just, equitable, and prosperous future.

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    Participating in Power: How to Read and Respond to Integrated Resource Plans

    To address climate and equity challenges, utilities will have to transform the way they plan – ensuring that a full range of resources are considered to meet utility customers’ needs. This should include both supply- and demand-side options, as well as distributed energy resources.

    One of the most important opportunities to advocate for such outcomes is via integrated resource plans, or IRPs, which regulated utilities submit to their public utility commission. PUC processes need public input, but participation has historically been limited because of the technical and legal expertise required. Participating in Power, the product of a collaboration between RAP and the Institute for Market Transformation, aims to address that barrier.

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    The Race and Energy Nexus

    Our entire country is engaged in a broad and long-overdue examination of the roles that race and racism play in our society – our legal system, workforce, communities, politics, schools and more. Race also plays a role in energy – who has access to it, how much they pay for it, who works in the energy industry, who lives near our power plants, and who has a seat at the table to determine energy choices that town, city, state and federal governments make on our behalf.

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    How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just

    As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, new analysis reveals that coal is no longer the cheapest way to power the global economy. The cost of clean energy has fallen so far that new renewables are now cheaper than new coal plants virtually everywhere, and there are specific financial strategies that utilities and policymakers can use to engineer a faster phaseout of coal in various regions of the world.

    This report lays out options for governments and public finance institutions to accelerate coal phase-out via an integrated three-part approach: refinancing to fund the coal transition and save customers money on day one; reinvesting in clean energy; and providing transition financing for workers and communities.

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    2021 Megatrends: Electrification and Decarbonization

    Climate change is no longer a nebulous concept characterized only by images of ice shearing off cliffs into the Arctic Ocean. With significant weather disasters impacting hundreds of millions of people each year, there is a new sense of urgency around the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.

    The need for ambitious action from policymakers, corporations and other stakeholders has helped to establish electrification and decarbonization as the megatrends of 2021.
    This paper will delve into the potential impacts and opportunities of both megatrends. But we do so with the understanding that many questions about the optimal strategies, policies and technologies to achieve sustainability goals are not immediately answerable.

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    Global Cooling Prize: Solving the Cooling Dilemma

    Over 3 billion people in the world today are at some risk to their health and safety due to lack of access to cooling. Although it is a critical societal need, cooling also represents one of the single largest end-use risks to global climate goals. The Global Cooling Prize was launched in 2018 by RMI; the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; and Mission Innovation to spur the development of a superefficient, climate-friendly, and affordable cooling solution.

    This report discusses the journey of the Prize from its ideation to launch to selection of the Finalists. It contains key findings that will be valuable for industry participants and policymakers, but it is also intended for consumers who are broadly interested in efficiency and technological innovation.

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    Pricing is just the icing: The role of carbon pricing in a comprehensive policy framework to decarbonise the EU buildings sector

    To meet the European Union’s carbon goal of reducing emissions by at least 55% net from 1990 levels, the European Commission wants the buildings sector to take the lead. The EU’s Climate Plan Impact Assessment sees building renovations and sustainable renewable heating system replacements cutting carbon emissions in the sector by 60% by 2030. At the same time, this transformation must be equitable. 

    This report makes the case that a comprehensive framework is needed to tackle the market failures and barriers to buildings sector decarbonisation. Regulatory measures and carbon pricing can help drive the demand for energy efficiency and heating system replacements. But significant efforts are needed to mitigate the impact of increased energy prices on energy-poor, vulnerable and low-income households with the worst performing buildings.

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    Equity in the energy transition: Who pays and who benefits?

    The transition to clean energy can help mitigate climate change and bring extensive social, health and well-being benefits to all Europeans. This process, however, is not without costs, particularly in the short term. With millions of people living in energy poverty in Europe, policymakers must ensure that these costs, as well as the benefits, are shared fairly among energy consumers.

    By unpacking the market, regulatory and policy decisions that determine how costs are passed on through consumer bills, the authors of this report aim to demystify the distributional aspects and impacts on the energy poor. It is critical that the clean energy transition does not require greater expenditure from energy consumers affected by energy poverty.

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