Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development


FACT SHEET: HFCs & Efficient Cooling

September 20, 2019

Phasing down HFCs has the potential to avoid up to 0.5°C of warming by the end of the century. Simultaneous improvements in energy efficiency in refrigeration and AC equipment during the transition to low-GWP alternative refrigerants can potentially double the climate benefits of the HFC phasedown of the Kigali Amendment. read more


FACT SHEET: Role of Super Pollutants in the Context of the Climate Emergency

September 20, 2019

Taking fast, ambitious action to reduce SLCPs- methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon, and HFCs— can cut the rate of global warming in half and Arctic warming by up to two-thirds and deliver multiple benefits for sustainable development and human well-being. read more


“Land is under growing human pressure; Land is part of the solution; but land can’t do it all.”

August 8, 2019

Released today, the IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers of its second Special Report Climate Change and Land (SRCCL)explores the complex connections between climate change and land. The Report confirms the significant role land use has on greenhouse gas emissions and, conversely, climate change’s impact on the world’s land use. read more


India’s EESL and Voltas Protect Climate, Ozone Layer with Bulk Procurement of Super Efficient and Affordable ACs

July 5, 2019

India’s EESL will soon begin selling seven-star rated Voltas inverter-air room conditioners (RACs) at a discount price of ₹41,500 (US$604) for a 1.5-tonne unit, which is cheaper than a five-star rated AC. The price reduction is the result of EESL bulk procurement of 50,000 RACs. read more


New UC Textbook Lays Out Key Solutions to Climate Emergency

June 24, 2019

New course and textbook by the University of California, Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions, authored by more than 20 leading climate experts, lays out ten solutions that together can bend the curve of climate warming below dangerous levels. read more


China’s Green and High-Efficiency Cooling Action Plan: A Model for Cooling-Efficiency Ambition

June 13, 2019

The China Cooling Action Plan sets forth targets for cooling-product energy efficiency improvement by 2022 and 2030. The Plan also describes key cooling-related priorities for China. IGSD‘s English translation of the China Cooling Action Plan and the associated transmittal Circular is available here. read more


Warming Polar Regions Threaten “Climate Chaos”

May 13, 2019

To reduce the worst of climate impacts, it is fundamental to understand Earth’s Polar Regions. IGSD’s Primer on Polar Warming examines the current state of the climate in the Poles, projections of change for the future, and highlights fast mitigation strategies to reduce warming, especially through cuts to SLCPs. read more


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

March 18, 2019

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. read more


The Kigali Amendment’s and China’s Critical Roles in Evolving the Montreal Protocol

November 9, 2018

A new article in the fall 2018 issue of Natural Resources & Environment (American Bar Association), by IGSD attorneys Xiaopu Sun and Richard Ferris, examines the Kigali Amendment’s and China’s critical roles in evolving the Montreal Protocol into a full-fledged climate treaty.  read more


Watch: Climate Crisis Even More Dire Than New IPCC Report Says

October 12, 2018

Real News Network Interview: IPCC’s new report is groundbreaking, but it misses crucial points on climate tipping points and feedbacks that could make the crisis even more urgent, says IGSD President Durwood Zaelke. read more


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