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Briefing Paper Pathways to 1.5/2°c-compatible oil is managed decline the only way?

In November 2016 the Paris Agreement came into force as governments responsible for at least 55% of total global GHGs deposited their instruments of ratification. The huge task that lies ahead in terms of delivering an economic transition that keeps the climate safe will now require an informed and sustained engagement between fossil fuel companies and the rest of society. Tackling a problem of this magnitude will need all stakeholders to play a part – not just ‘energy decisionmakers’. This paper focuses on the challenges faced by one subset of fossil fuel companies, the oil and gas majors, and sets out their options to plausibly respond.

Report What is holding back energy efficiency financing in G20 countries?

In 2015 E3G launched an initiative linked to the G20 that had two aims. First, to reach out to energy efficiency campaigners and experts in each of the G20 countries plus Central and Eastern parts of the European Union in order to understand the current state of play on energy efficiency and the political barriers to increasing levels of energy efficiency investment. Second, to seek support for a statement calling on G20 countries to make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority as a means of ‘getting to scale’ on financing. The summary findings are shared here.

Blog Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance: Moving out of the Echo Chamber

New E3G blog by Ben Caldecott on Mainstreaming Sustainable Finance. Integrating the environment and climate change into investor decision making will make capital less likely to flow to assets that are incompatible with sustainability and more likely to flow to assets that are. This is a necessary condition to address climate change and the other environmental challenges facing humanity. Doing so will also help financial institutions appropriately manage risk, improving the resilience of the financial system as a whole.

Blog Europe’s future energy system: What role will citizens play?

The legislative proposals released by the European Commission on 30 November 2016 seek to give Europeans a greater role in our future energy system. This is deeply necessary – not only to boost public support for the low-carbon transition but also to make citizens an integral part of it. Nevertheless, despite good intentions, the proposal falls short of achieving this goal. A number of promising provisions around citizens cannot hide that despite their transformative potential, other local actors – in particular local authorities – remain sidelined on key issues. But there is hope that the shortcomings will be fixed.

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