Recommended reading: From Silos to Systems – Issues in Clean Energy and Climate Change

I just read a new publication from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies called “From Silos to Systems: Issues in Clean Energy and Climate Change” which I would like to recommend to all of you. It is a comprehensive report on the work of the Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) Network of the years 2008-2010 and gives you insights into new ideas and latest thinking of key stakeholders in the renewables sector – definitely worth reading!

From Mark Nicholls’ (Editor of Environmental Finance) erudite introduction placing the reader right where the debate stands on the low carbon economy, to the Savage, Nordhaus, and Jamieson piece on DC Microgrids: Benefits and Barriers, the essays in this volume hope to inform and introduce readers to new ideas and the latest thinking.  The 256 page volume contains a broad spectrum of essays and reports on current work in financing, policy and innovation in clean energy and climate change.  As Leslie Parker, Managing Director of REIL writes in her preface, “the volume reflect[s] both the diversity of our eclectic band and its cohesion… [it] is meant as a forum for the ongoing expression of the individual thoughts of the members – but also hopes to be a reflection of the content of the group mind.

The essay, The Road from Copenhagen: Next Steps in Climate and Energy Policy, gives a clear picture of the conversations during the course of the past year in meetings among the REIL group.  This essay presents the major issues in climate negotiations and how they might be addressed taking into account the role of public finance, carbon finance, institutional and market barriers to deployment of low carbon technology, trade and politics, the MEF and other fora, deploying new technologies, intellectual property,  and engaging the private sector.   It presents potential key elements in a global climate deal and suggests two possibilities for ways to achieve such a deal.  REIL members who took part in the conversations that led to this essay are listed at the end of the piece.

Henry Derwent, President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association, writes a lucid argument for emissions trading in his essay, The Flight from the Rational: Why Emissions Trading Fell from Grace and Why it Needs to be Restored.  Richard Kauffman, former CEO of Good Energies clarifies the issues and obstacles around deploying clean energy in his essay, Obstacles to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.  Reading about the challenges to international trade in Renewable Energy Services in the GATS by Lead International Trade Analyst, Lisa Alejandro, fleshes out the challenges faced in policy creation around trading services across borders.

The reports published here which were commissioned of REIL by the Asia Pacific Partnership and the US Department of Energy were carried out by of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Climate Change and Environmental Markets practice give insight into the legal issues and structures around renewable energy law in China and the options for moving forward with Renewable Energy Credits standards in the United States.

The pieces in the book by members of REIL that were previously published in other volumes lend richness to the conversation the reader gets to share.  These three pieces cover issues around energy policy and land conservation, policy action necessary for assessment of emission reduction benefits and a concluding essay by the distinguished, Richard L. Ottinger, former Congressman and one of the leading experts on energy law, entitled, Copenhagen Climate Conference—Success or Failure?

In order to download “From Silos to Systems“, please see the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Publication Series, under Climate Change.  For REIL’s two previous volumes, From Debate to Design, and From Barriers to Opportuntities, see the same website, under Law and Policy.

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