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GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future
This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor.
In what the Economist calls "the first big energy shock of the green era" with its skyrocketing natural gas prices in Europe, fistfights over petrol in England, electricity shut offs in China and ever climbing gas prices in the US, little seems normal. Let alone the floods, fires, heat records and melting polar ice sheets. To make things worse, fossil fuels appear to be on the uptick while renewable energy remains woefully short of meeting the growing demand for electricity. The Economist wrote about the policy situation, right before the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow:
Yet from investors' perspective, policy is baffling. Many countries have net-zero pledges but no plan of how to get there and have yet to square with the public that bills and taxes need to rise. [...] The ideal answer is a global carbon price that relentlessly lowers emissions, helps firms judge which projects would make money, and raises tax revenues to support the energy transition's losers. Yet pricing schemes cover only a fifth of all emissions. The message from the shock is that leaders at cop26 must move beyond pledges and tackle the fine print of how the transition will work. All the more so if they meet under light bulbs powered by coal." (Economist title story)
The good news at ULI: ESG
A good piece of climate news would be certainly welcome right now, even just a glimmer of hope. It came from an unexpected side: The real estate industry, the contributor of 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions! In many countries, real estate is the single largest contributor category. Good news in this category certainly is not only more than welcome but also urgently needed.READ FULL STORY