Monday, October 05, 2009

The Natural Edge Project - huge emissions cuts, positive economic impact

My partner sent out the list (below) of reports demonstrating how we can achieve huge cuts in GHG emissions while not only avoiding costs, but driving economic prosperity in preparation for a roundtable discussion this afternoon with Michael Smith of The Natural Edge Project, an Australian think-tank that does an excellent job showing the benefits of whole-system thinking and design in pursuing sustainability. I couldn't help by share it:

Studies demonstrating that OECD Nations Can Achieve 60-80 per cent Emission Cuts Whilst Boosting the Economy and Jobs.

Hanemann, W., Farrell, A. et al (2006) Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in California. The California Climate Change Center at UC Berkeley at

Interlaboratory Working Group (2000) Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CO. Available at

Torrie, R., Parfett, R. and Steenhof, P. (2002) Kyoto and Beyond: the low emission path to innovation and efficiency, Report for David Suzuki Foundation and Canadian Climate Action Network, Canada.

Lovins, A., Datta, K., Feiler, T., Rábago, K., Swisher, J., Lehmann, A. and Wicker, K. (2002) Small Is Profitable: The Hidden Economic Benefits of Making Electrical Resources the Right Size, Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado.

Turton, H., Ma, J., Saddler, H. and Hamilton, C. (2002) Long-Term Greenhouse Gas Scenarios: a pilot study of how Australia can achieve deep cuts in emissions, Australia Institute Paper No 48,

Mintzer, I., Leonard, J.A. and Schwartz, P. (2003) US Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century, Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Department of Trade and Industry (2003) Our Energy Future – Creating a Low Carbon Economy, Energy White Paper, UK Department of Trade and Industry, Version 11.

Bailie, A., Bernow, S., Castelli, B., O’Connor, P. and Romm, J. (2003) The Path to Carbon Dioxide-Free Power: Switching to Clean Energy in the Utility Sector, Tellus Institute and Center for Energy and Climate Solutions for the World Wildlife Fund, USA.

Jochem, E (eds) (2004) Steps Towards A Sustainable Development: A White Book of R&D for Energy Efficient Technologies. Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

Saddler, H., Diesendorf, M. and Denniss, R. (2004) A Clean Energy Future for Australia Energy Strategies, WWF, Canberra.

Lovins, A.B., Datta, E.K., Bustnes, O.E., Koomey, J.G. and Glasgow, N.J. (2004) Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profits, Jobs and Security, Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado.

National Institute for Environmental Studies (2005) Japan: Low Carbon Society Scenarios toward 2050, National Institute for Environmental Studies. Japan.

Stern, N. (2006) The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Makhijani, A. (2007) Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, Nuclear Policy Research Institute and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Smith, M. and Hargroves, K. (2007) ‘Analysis of the Costs of Inaction versus the Costs of Action on Climate Change for Australia’, a submission by TNEP to the Garnaut Review, The Natural Edge Project, Australia.

Diesendorf, M. (2007) Paths to a Low Carbon Future Reducing Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30 percent by 2020, Sustainability Centre.

Hatfield Dodds, S., Jackson, E.K., Adams, P.D. and Gerardi, W. (2007) Leader, follower or free rider? The economic impacts of different Australian emission targets by 2050, The Climate Institute, Sydney, Australia.

IPCC (2007) Climate Change 2007: Mitigation. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds)], Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

National Institute for Environmental Studies (2007) Japan Scenarios towards a Low Carbon Society – Feasibility study for 70% CO2 emission reduction by 2050 below 1990 level, National Institute for Environmental Studies. Japan.

Smith, M., Hargroves, K., Stasinopoulos, P., Stephens, R., Desha, C. and Hargroves, S. (2007) Energy Transformed: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation, The Natural Edge Project, Griffith University, and CSIRO, Australia.

Department of Trade and Industry (2007) Meeting the Energy Challenge: A White Paper on Energy, Department of Trade and Industry, UK.

Institute of Public Policy Research, WWF and RSPB (2007) 80 per cent challenge: Delivering a Low Carbon Britain. Institute of Public Policy Research, WWF and RSPB. UK.

Pembina Institute and David Suzuki Foundation (2008) Deep Reductions, Strong Growth: An economic analysis showing that Canada can prosper economically while doing its share to prevent dangerous climate change. Pembina Institute and David Suzuki Foundation.

Von Weizsäcker, E., Hargroves, K., Smith, M., Desha, C. and Stasinopoulos, P. (2009) Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity, Earthscan, London. (Pre publication Hardcopy bound copy given to LBNLs)

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