The government of China is proposing to move carbon intensive industries and coal-fired power generation out of the Eastern provinces and into the less-developed, environmentally sensitive Western provinces. This project seeks to create and expand tools for state planners, academics, and NGOs to quantify the water risks and trade-offs that come with developing Western China’s massive coal reserves. Often the Chinese government will approve coal projects without adequate information on the supply of water needed for the project. Through this grant, the World Resources Institute will also promote the concept of tying new coal projects in water-stressed areas to comprehensive environmental impact reviews.
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for the SBTi-Finance project
This scope of work is to further grow the Science Based Targets Initiative, specifically for financial institutions (SBTi Finance). SBTi Finance builds on attributional accounting based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard. SBTi Finance is a framework for financial institutions to set targets that are aligned with climate scenarios, and that enable an ex-post evaluation of financial institutions’ contribution to real-economy emissions reductions in relation to the Paris Agreement’s mitigation goal. The framework includes a set of methods that can be used to set targets, criteria that SBTi will use to assess and validate targets submitted to the initiative, and implementation guidance.
for electricity market design for deep decarbonization
Rapid decarbonization of electricity generation is essential to fighting climate change. Organized wholesale markets account for roughly two-thirds of U.S. generation. These markets are "designed" by policymakers, and current designs are not compatible with deep decarbonization. The project will work with academics and practitioners to develop new models for electricity markets around deep decarbonization and variable renewable energy.
for expanding electric mobility in India
The World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Urban Mobility program in India has focused on city-based solutions to clean and accessible transportation. The Institute has also served as the secretariat for the newly launched Go Electric forum, which convenes career government staff, civil society, transport service providers, infrastructure providers, and manufacturers to discuss topics with the goal of developing agreements and solutions to meet India’s aggressive electric mobility goals.