Oil Intensity: The Curiously Steady Decline of Oil in GDP
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This report looks at oil intensity and its curiously consistent downward progress. The authors explain the trend and cross-validate its predictive potential before delving into possible reasons behind the linear decline in oil intensity. It finally extrapolates what such a continuing trend might mean for oil consumption and policies around it going forward.

Green Hydrogen in a Circular Carbon Economy: Opportunities and Limits
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This report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, examines green hydrogen production and applications to understand the core challenges to its expansion at scale and the near-term opportunity to enable deployment.

Getting to 30-60: How China’s Biggest Coal Power, Cement, and Steel Corporations Are Responding to National Decarbonization Pledges
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This report, part of the China Energy and Climate Program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, assesses how China’s high-emitting industries have responded to the 30-60 targets and the accompanying elevation of climate within national policy priorities.

Evaluating Net-Zero Industrial Hubs in the United States: A Case Study of Houston
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This paper, part of the work from the Carbon Management Research Initiative of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, examines Houston as a potential net-zero hub location.

Will COVID Drive an Early Peak in Transportation Activity and Oil Demand?
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This study, which was cosponsored by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and the University of California, Davis Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), assesses potential drivers for discontinuous and permanent change in oil consumption arising out of the COVID pandemic.

Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities
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This report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities and the technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

Investing in the US Natural Gas Pipeline System to Support Net-Zero Targets
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Erin M. Blanton, Dr. Melissa C. Lott and Kirsten Nicole Smith examine how investment in the domestic natural gas pipeline network could help the US reach net-zero emission goals.

The Role of Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements in Supporting US Wind and Solar Deployment
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In a new student-led report, James Kobus, Ali Ibrahim Nasrallah, and Jim Guidera explore the drivers influencing the renewables PPA market and assess whether these procurement initiatives by nonutility corporations are likely to continue growing in the United States at a rapid enough pace to support power sector deep decarbonization goals.

Massive containers hold spent nuclear fuel
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In a new report, Matt Bowen explains how the United States reached its current stalemate over nuclear waste disposal, and examines productive approaches in other countries and a few domestic ones that could guide US policy makers through options for improving the prospects for nuclear waste disposal going forward.

Photo of powerlines
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Together with the NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity, this report explains steps the federal government could take to facilitate the development of a future grid that is capable of supporting a reliable, affordable, and increasingly zero-carbon power sector.

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