Global Environments Projects
Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice
Global scale efforts
CEEP has been actively involved in generating and disseminating knowledge about the global impacts of climate change. CEEP has contributed, since 1992, to the assessments prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As well, CEEP has participated in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been involved in a number of individual projects related to the Convention and ongoing activities, and has been an observer organization and participant in the Conference of the Parties process. CEEP conducts on-going research for the production of position papers, research monographs, and published articles, and periodically organizes and participates in NGO forums, individually and with collaborating organizations.
Local Action and Planning
CEEP recognizes the power of community-initiated local level bottom-up efforts in addressing global level problems faced by climate change. CEEP works with community stakeholder groups consisting of representatives of government, business, labor, civil society and academia to identify a range of policy initiatives to reduce GHG emissions in ways that would be cost-effective and technically feasible. CEEP also works with local communities to promote local decentralized energy systems in urban and rural areas across the world through the CEEP developed model of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU).
Studies in Biodiversity, Social Equity and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
One of the key impacts of urban development is the loss of biodiversity as a result of destroyed habitats. Some of the most biologically diverse areas in the world are also inhabited by indigenous populations. Their culture is a thriving example of co-existence and co-evolution as a part of the ecosystem, as their livelihoods depend on the flourishing of these biological areas. Yet, today, both indigenous communities and biodiversity “hot spots” are in danger. The protection of social and ecological values requires an appreciation of the many-faceted and diverse links between culture and ecology. CEEP has been researching these issues, with particular attention to the effects of large-scale development projects such as the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor and the Narmada Valley Development Project. CEEP research also investigates biodiversity and social equity as principles for regional sustainable development in partnership with local organizations in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, several Caribbean nations and elsewhere.
Utility 2.0: A review of New York’s REV and Great Britain’s RIIO utility business modelsA powerful confluence of architectural, technological, and socio-economic forces is transforming the U.S. electricity market.
The scale of the energy access gapAccess to electricity is a key catalyst correlated with economic development.
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Paris Agreement: A landmark climate change policy architecture reachedCEEP examines the Paris Agreement and the implementation work ahead.
Environmental threat posed by microbeadsThe environmental threat posed by microbeads in personal grooming products.