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New Research: COP must reverse rising pessimism over building sector decarbonisation

18 November 2022

The building sector is one of the most important and challenging to decarbonise because it involves a complex overlap of people, places and practices that creates a barrier to designing just emission reduction policies. In a new study led by Cambridge Zero Fellow Ramit Debnath, researchers found that social media engagement with climate policy events is vital to reducing building emissions and ensuring environmental justice.

10 Principles for Policy Making in the Energy Transition

Governments must invest and regulate to bring down energy costs, finds pioneering report

22 September 2022

Ten Principles for Policymaking in The Energy Transition, a pioneering new report co-authored by energy policy experts from the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, sets out how a different approach to policy can empower governments to accelerate innovation, reduce costs and de-risk markets. The report finds that government investment and regulation is key to rapidly bringing down the cost of clean technologies. New principles for policymaking can unlock faster and cheaper technology growth, from green hydrogen to net zero steel, to cut emissions and boost economies.

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Study shows competition created by China’s rise as a technology superpower led to significant increases in clean energy investment

15 September 2022

The first major study of driving forces behind government funding of energy RD&D – and the public institutions generating it – over the 21st century shows that competition created by China’s rise as a technology superpower led to significant increases in clean energy investment. The study led by University of Cambridge and University of California, Berkeley, and published in the journal Nature Energy, also found that cooperation commitments at a UN climate conference were not just empty words, and did boost 'cleantech' innovation, albeit a long way off levels required to hit net zero or prevent two-degree warming.