World Resources Institute

For Climate-friendly Passive Asset Management

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The goal of this project is to help promote a large-scale decarbonization of passively held capital in U.S. retirement plans. The World Resources Institute aims to increase the capacity and willingness of carefully selected public and private retirement plans to invest in high-quality, Paris Climate Agreement-aligned, ESG passive equity products. In the case of defined contribution plans, the aim is for plans to incorporate these product(s) into default options. This would capitalize on the power of the default option to drive capital toward sustainable investments and harness the growing desire of thousands of U.S. workers to invest their retirement funds in sustainable options. (Substrategy: Climate Finance)
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for advancing the renewable energy private sector and international communication to green China’s overseas investment  
This project of the World Resource Institute seeks to support China in implementing its commitment to stop overseas coal financing to the fullest extent through realistic yet ambitious pathways. The institute will work with Chinese partners to build domestic regulatory safeguards to ensure that China fulfills its pledge on halting new coal abroad; diagnose the key barriers that impede China’s public and private investors from overseas investment in renewable energy, identifying pathways to address them; and foster deeper and more objective understanding of China’s support to BRI countries by reinforcing strategic communications and strengthened engagement in international events. (Substrategy: China National Policy)
for the China clean energy study  
This grant builds on a previous grant that culminated in the Hewlett China coal strategy paper. The purpose of this follow-up grant is to help Hewlett grantees in China working on coal to refine and evaluate the strategy. It seeks to develop a strategic power map of future opportunities to work more directly on slowing the growth of coal-fired power and industrial energy resources in China. Currently, China depends on coal to provide 70 percent of its energy, and it has been the engine for the nation’s rapid economic growth over the past decade. The grant will enable Hewlett grantees to more effectively develop joint strategies in different venues.
for analysis and fact sheets on reducing emissions from the power sector  
World Resources Institute will analyze options for eight states to comply with future Environmental Protection Agency rules limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants. WRI will produce state-based fact sheets to help regulators and other state decision-makers understand how many of their existing policies and programs may help them "earn credit" under the new federal rule. The fact sheets are meant to spark conversations and further analysis in the states, and to build support for a strong federal rule.

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