Climate change is one of the central challenges of the 21st century. Building and linking the policies, technologies, financial systems and markets needed to achieve climate goals is key to addressing this challenge. Learn more about what we're doing to tackle the climate crisis.

Jason Bordoff, Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, discusses the climate crisis and the growing movement for a Green New Deal.

Key Initiatives

  • Carbon Tax Research Initiative: The Carbon Tax Research Initiative explores key questions and implications related to the design and implementation of a carbon tax in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the threat of climate change.
  • Carbon Management Research Initiative: The Carbon Management Research Initiative explores the public policy, financial and economic aspects of removing, storing and using carbon dioxide to reduce greenhouse gases and address the threat of climate change.
  • China Energy and Climate Research Program: The China Energy and Climate program promotes low-carbon development in China and around the world, informs stakeholders about Chinese energy and climate policies, and promotes cooperation between China and the US on energy and climate issues.
  • Energy Policy Tracker: Are we building back better? Every Wednesday, our experts provide new analysis of public finance for fossil fuels and clean energy. Search by country or compare data to find out how governments are planning to rebuild the global energy system.

Essential Reading

  • The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change: In The Lancet, CGEP Senior Research Scholar Dr. Melissa C. Lott explores the health impacts of energy pollution, and how climate change is undermining the foundations of good health.
  • Energy Transition Fact Sheet: The world has embarked on an unprecedented effort to completely transition its energy supply and use to mitigate risks of global climate change. A new fact sheet outlines the challenges and opportunities in the global energy transition.
  • The Role of Natural Gas in the Energy Transition: CGEP Non-Resident Fellow Akos Losz and Senior Research Scholar Jonathan Elkind discuss industry outlooks for natural gas and LNG demand, and question marks surrounding the role of gas in deep decarbonization scenarios consistent with the Paris Agreement’s climate goals. 
  • Guide to Chinese Climate Policy: The Guide to Chinese Climate Policy explores the impacts of climate change in China, and the effectiveness of policies designed to address climate change.
  • Engaging State-Owned Enterprises in Climate Action: CGEP Adjunct Research Scholar Philippe Benoit explores the role of state-owned enterprises in climate change, examines the effectiveness of market-oriented solutions such as carbon taxes in changing SOE behavior, and evaluates some other potential strategies for reducing their emissions.

Featured Research

As the Biden administration finalizes its climate change action plan ahead of the president’s...

The Role of Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements in Supporting US Wind and Solar Deployment

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.

The Time for a Green Industrial Policy Is Now

In a new essay in Foreign Policy, Jason Bordoff argues the Biden administration can restore U.S. leadership by building the clean energy economy.

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Arati Prabhakar
Former Director, DARPA & NIST

Host Bill Loveless reaches out to Arati Prabhakar, who was the head of the Defense Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense, better known as DARPA, during the Obama administration and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under President Bill Clinton.

Francesco La Camera
Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency

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