Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

IGSD works to promote just and sustainable societies and to protect the environment by advancing the understanding, development, and implementation of effective, and accountable systems of governance for sustainable development.

  • 18 Mar

    Cutting HFCs in U.S.: Key Pathway to Deep Decarbonization

    Cutting HFCs is a key pathway for the deep decarbonization needed to keep the planet relatively safe. IGSD’s chapter on Fluorinated Gasses is part of ELI's Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the U.S., now available for purchase.
  • 13 Mar

    Dangerous Warming ‘Locked-In’ in the Arctic

    Winter temperatures in the Arctic will rise up to 9°C above pre-industrial levels by 2080 even if the world meets the temperature targets outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Fast action to cut SLCPs essential (though not enough).
  • 8 Mar

    Mobile Air Conditioning, Lowest Cost Alternative Refrigerant Identified

    Implemented in a new design called Secondary Loop Mobile Air Conditioning (SL-MAC), the lowest cost alternative refrigerant to HFC-134a has been identified as R-152a. This improved refrigerant is more energy efficient and requires less routine maintenance.
  • 9 Jan

    Dumping of Obsolete Air Conditioners Undermines Development and Climate Goals

    Inefficient ACs dumped into other countries overload energy resources, undermining national and local efforts to manage energy, environment, health, and climate goals, according to new analysis published in the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum.