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Blogs By Ceres

A listing of blogs authored by Ceres
Time to Change Water-Pricing Schemes
Feb 29, 2016
The way we pay for water in California has to change. Despite a wet winter this year, California still faces serious drought conditions, and the forecast for the longer term is that this is likely the new normal. Balancing a growing population’s water demand with economic and environmental needs will require a shift in business as usual.
Morocco solar shows developing country trend
Feb 22, 2016
Morocco has set ambitious renewable energy goals and dropped all fossil fuel subsidies. It opened up the electric power sector to private companies and made long-term guarantees that the state will buy large amounts of power being generated.
Linking Investors to Renewable Energy Opportunities in Emerging Markets Is Key to COP21 Success
Feb 10, 2016
Some of the ingredients for catalyzing clean energy investments in Asia, Africa and other emerging markets have their own unique nomenclature—“blend 2.0,” “de-risking” and “national investment catalogues.” Yet there is a more straightforward recipe: A mix of national clean energy policies with the needs of institutional investors looking for opportunities that are safe and relatively profitable.
We Need to Fight Drought With Better Data
Feb 08, 2016
California is managing its water system like an unbalanced checkbook. There are thousands of “withdrawals” and “deposits” from stressed surface water and groundwater supplies, but no sufficient accounting system to understand the overall “balance” of water resources. Better data and new policies are helping to change this.
The One Thing We Still Need in Order to Get to a Low-Carbon Economy
Jan 26, 2016
We need far more investment in the low-carbon economy — well over US$1 trillion every year. What will it take to get pension funds, insurance companies and other investors who manage trillions of dollars to open their wallets to this enormous clean energy opportunity?
Water Conservation Should Be a Way of Life
Jan 26, 2016
We need to stay the course and keep up our conservation efforts to protect our water future, but in the midst of El Niño storms, how do you convince stakeholders and the public that we need to remain vigilant and continue to conserve? This isn’t easy, but luckily we have a governor and State Water Board who understand that we are in a long-term game.
Investors Have A Big Opportunity for Accelerating Clean Energy
Jan 25, 2016
Those gathering at the UN in New York on Wednesday for the biennial Investor Summit on Climate Risk are facing a new world and a new reality. The Paris climate agreement has confirmed that every nation is now on an irreversible path to a low -- perhaps even zero -- carbon economy. The challenge now is not the certainty, the direction or the ultimate destination of this transformation: it is the speed and how to scale up the opportunities.
New Water Laws Ahead. And Still Much More To Do
Jan 05, 2016
Much progress has been made at remaking California’s water future. But we're far from done. We need to keep plugging away and not let a season of heavy precipitation slow our momentum.
Turning Paris climate agreement’s bold ambition into reality
Dec 30, 2015
There’s been barely enough time for the ink to dry on the Paris climate deal — but we must begin charting a path forward if we’re going to meet COP21’s bold ambition in the years ahead. Around the world, policy makers, companies, and investors are demonstrating that they agree: There is no time to waste.
Green bonds — a way to invest in California water sustainability
Dec 30, 2015
In 2014, Californians passed a water bond allotting $7.12 billion to fund key water projects, but that sum doesn’t go far enough. A recent Public Policy Institute of California report found that there is a $2 billion to $3 billion annual funding gap in five key water management areas, including storm water capture and integrated water management.
After Paris: Ignoring 2 Degree Planning Is No Longer An Option
Dec 24, 2015
The Paris Agreement increases carbon risk for fossil fuel companies. After Paris, companies that stress test capital expenditures for a 2 degree or 1.5 degree future will have the competitive edge. The impacts of the oil price downturn illustrate how unprepared most fossil fuel companies are to manage the risks of the energy transition.
Integrating Water Risk Analysis into Portfolio Management
Dec 16, 2015
My previous article, “Liquidity Risks of the H2O Variety,” explored growing investor awareness about water risks within their portfolios and how that awareness plays into their investment decision making. Here, I will examine some of the increasingly sophisticated approaches that investors can take to integrate water risks into portfolio management.
Re-Tooling Economy for Low-Carbon Future is Critical Post-Paris Step
Dec 10, 2015
The ongoing international climate negotiations here are an intricate ecosystem of policy wonks, finance ministers and world leaders trying to create one seamless tapestry called a low-carbon future.
Accelerating Transition to Clean Power
Dec 09, 2015
EPA's closely watched Clean Power Plan rules are key to 'unprecedented' pace of change in U.S. electric power industry. But the rub: Will significant increases in customers' monthly fixed charges impede the transition?
Morocco and California Lead the Way in Replacing Fossil Fuels With Renewable Energy
Dec 08, 2015
California and Morocco are starkly different places, but not when it comes to energy. Both are charting radical paths to replace fossil fuels with clean energy—and they’re pulling it off.
Business Community Ready To Do Its Part To Catalyze Low-Carbon Global Economy
Dec 04, 2015
Every day here at the UN climate talks, we’re hearing new private sector commitments to catalyze the low-carbon global economy.
Thinking Big and Bold on Climate Finance
Dec 04, 2015
The transition to a thriving, clean economy that protects the global climate while providing equitable access to sustainable development does not come cheap. The energy innovation and climate-resilient infrastructure we need requires finance at scale. This is why the climate finance discussion is so difficult and so important.
Exxon's Handling of Climate Change Raises Questions About Board Oversight at Oil Giant
Nov 18, 2015
Corporate boards and the critical oversight function they play have come to the fore over the last year. You don't need to look any further than the scandal roiling ExxonMobil to understand the high stakes at play.
World Bank Climate Envoy Delivers Powerful Message on Coming Low-Carbon Revolution
Nov 12, 2015
The World Bank’s Rachel Kyte is a whirling dervish these days in advance of key international climate change negotiations. She recently made a stop at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to share her optimism that a big climate breakthrough is possible next month in Paris.
How Institutional Investors Can Alleviate Climate Change While Boosting the Global Economy
Nov 12, 2015
Institutional investors like to call themselves global investors, but when it comes to global clean energy financing that’s hardly the case. Pension funds, insurance companies and other investors manage trillions of dollars, but precious few of those dollars are being invested in renewable energy projects in developing countries — a key linchpin in curbing carbon pollution to avoid catastrophic global warming.