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3rd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum

3rd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM PSTWith the election results coming into focus, states will continue to be sources of leadership on carbon policy. What does the future hold for Washington State? Join us on...

2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum

2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum December 12, 2019The 2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum brought together over 100 participants to build momentum and collaboration in achieving carbon reduction goals in the state. Eight presenters, each well versed in...

CaPI Event: The Future of Climate Policy After I-1631

Wed, November 28, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST | Mercer Island Community & Event Center

Purpose: Inform community about views of electorate, Resolve post-election tensions & align towards cooperative success, Invite engagement in achieving desired outcomes, Set framework for 2019 legislature

Wasted energy: Increasing efficiency can reverse a major drag on Washington’s prosperity

Clean & Prosperous Institute (CaPI) analysis indicates that Washingtonians spent over $24 billion on energy in 2015 – down from nearly $28 billion in 2014 – with nearly 60% ($13 billion) spent on wasted energy. Efficiency gains are an opportunity to generate immediate economic benefit and foster a clean technology boom.

Appendix: Wasted Energy additional details

Section 1: Updating the Sankey diagram
Sankey Diagrams, like those produced by LLNL, are an information-rich visual depiction of energy or other (e.g. carbon, money) flows from inputs to final use.

Section 2: Carbon content of wasted energy
CaPI analysis estimates around 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MtCO2) associated with wasted energy in 2015.

Climate Change Creates Risk & Opportunity for WA Business

“We don’t need an energy miracle” to effectively address climate change. That was the message a speaker from the Risky Business Project shared with Washington State business leaders earlier this month. Their new research identifies cost-competitive, low-carbon energy sources and technologies that already exist and will become cheaper over the coming decades.

Data Viz: Carbon Competitiveness

WHAT IT IS
The ratio of GDP to CO2 emissions. Increasing carbon competitiveness means reducing the carbon intensity of our economy. Metric tons of CO2 equivalent emitted per million dollars of GDP generated. GDP expressed as real state GDP in chained 2005 dollars.

WHY IT MATTERS
Extracting greater economic value from each unit of carbon emission positions us strongly to compete in the low carbon economy of the future.

WA CURRENT STANDING
6th out of 50 states (2013).