Policy Design to Win on Climate

Significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are necessary to limit climate change and stay under two degrees of warming, and immediate action is needed to put the world on a path to a reasonable climate future. Evidence is mounting of potential damage from climate change, and each day that passes makes decarbonization to reach the two degree goal more difficult.

It’s a daunting challenge, but the technologies and strategies to meet it exist today. Ten policies in just five sectors of the economy, plus land-use emissions reductions, can reach this goal.

Government officials and other policymakers need a clear resource outlining which energy policies can put us on the path to a low-carbon future, and how to best design those policies.

Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy is the first such resource, combining the latest research and analysis on low-carbon energy solutions from electric vehicles to renewable energy. It is the first book to identify which specific policies, applied to the top 20 most-emitting countries, can have the largest potential impact to reduce emissions enough for a 50% chance of keeping global warming to a safe level.

And, it is the first outline of which shared policy design principles can make the difference between policies that work and policies that miss their goal.