Audi’s Blue Crude: Lingering Questions

Mimi Reichenbach 5/7/15 Update from Germany: Carbon dioxide has become an alternative fuel source. On April 21, Audi announced that its partner Sunfire, a German energy-conversion technology developer, had successfully synthesized a batch of “blue crude.” The fuel is derived from carbon dioxide, water, and renewable energy, and can be used as (and mixed with) diesel fuel today. The production …

The ‘Zero Deforestation’ Movement

JEI Working Paper 4 Urs Dieterich Yale University The “Zero Deforestation” Movement: Putting Companies in the Driving Seat Stakeholder opinions and analysis of current concepts and possible ways forward Executive Summary Remarkable dynamics have unfolded in the year 2014 in several aspects of corporate responsibility, climate advocacy, and sustainable investing. Since 2013, the green bonds market has tripled in size, …

Sharia-Compliance and Sustainability

JEI Working Paper 3: Sharia-Compliance and Sustainability Mujtaba Wani Yale University 10 March 2015 Executive Summary This paper introduces Islamic finance and outlines a plan for a hypothetical, socially responsible investment firm that adheres to Islamic rules. Islamic finance presents solutions to many of the structural problems in the modern economic system. Sustainable investing can mitigate much of the damage …

China & Climate Bonds

Jordan Sabin March 25, 2015 Talking about climate change is pointless without discussing the United States and China—the two largest economies in the world that are also its two largest polluters. Given their enormous environmental footprint, any potentially successful plan to combat climate change must involve both countries. While calls for environmental reform have steadily grown in the United States …

The Potential for Fusion Energy

Gabe Rissman March 21, 2015 The need for scalable, reliable power is growing with the need for urgent action to combat climate change and energy poverty. Fusion has long been considered the holy grail of energy generation because it is emission free and scalable, and may produce abundant fuel. Fusion has advantages over fission because it is meltdown-proof, less weaponizable …

Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities: “Yieldco” | The JEI

Mimi Reichenbach March 11, 2015 As seen with third-party solar financing, sometimes the most powerful advancements in renewable energy have nothing to do with new technology and everything to do with new financing.“Yieldcos” are the latest in financial innovations: publicly traded companies that are changing how future renewable energy projects are financed and expanding options available for renewable energy investors. …

Columbia Water Center- Partnering with Industry- March 2015 | The JEI

The Columbia Water Center, headed by Upmanu Lall, hosts an event this Thursday March 12, 2015, bringing corporate and investment leaders together to help inform a research agenda regarding needed water infrastructure improvements in the United States. Topics will include addressing America’s major water challenges and opportunities, including climate risks, emerging technologies, urban water infrastructure, financial and legal instruments, and …

On Carbon Taxes and Investment

JEI Working Paper 2: On Carbon Taxes and Investment Mimi Reichenbach Yale University March 2015 In 2013, 36 gigatons of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere by polluters; the top three emitting countries were China (28%), the United States (14%), and India (7%). These top three polluters, responsible for 49% of the global carbon dioxide emitted annually, do not …

Up in Smoke: Palm Oil Deforestation in Indonesia | The JEI

JEI Working Paper 1: Oil Palm Standards Pek Shibao Yale University March 2015 Executive Summary This JEI Working Paper provides an overview of the current state of the palm oil industry in Indonesia, and demonstrates how unsustainable business practices on the part of oil palm growers and the complicity of other actors in the palm oil supply chain pose a …

Divestment and Climate Bonds

Over the last few months, the divestment movement has gained momentum at universities around the globe, and what started as a niche movement has quickly turned into a worldwide call for change. Comparing itself to the anti-apartheid movement, divestment campaigners are calling for university endowments to immediately divest from fossil fuels.

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