Never let it be said that the U.K.’s Lord Stern, supposedly an economist, will leave any virtual advocacy stone unturned in his search for who knows what?!
The New Climate Economy is the Commission’s flagship project. It provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. We reported in September 2014.
And this was so very “inspiring” that it has now given virtual birth to the Energy Transitions Commission:
We know that economic growth and climate action can be achieved together. The Energy Transitions Commission was convened to help identify pathways for change in our energy systems to ensure both better growth and a better climate. This is inspired by the work of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and its flagship project the New Climate Economy.
The Commissioners bring a remarkable range of viewpoints and extraordinary depth of experience. They come from across the energy spectrum, including large incumbent energy companies, renewable energy interests, heavy energy users, public and academic institutions and foundations. Some have sat at high-level negotiating tables on climate change deals. What they share is a progressive attitude to reforming the energy system.
We aim to provide decision-makers with insights and options for action at local and/or sector level. This will stem from objective research and wide engagement with actors in the energy system. We hope you find the work of the Commission interesting and insightful.
As noted above, this new kid on the inspirational block comes with its very own cast of – some new, some not so new – “experts”. Perhaps the most notable of whom (apart from Stern and his sidekick on both, i.e. former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón) might well be the now disgraced Rajendra Pachauri’s purported successor in-waiting at TERI:
Incoming Director General The Energy and Resources Institute India
Dr. Mathur is soon to head The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He is currently Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India and has been a lead author of the IPCC.
And this new kid on the Stern-Calderón block (h/t the ever-vigilant dambler who had pointed me towards Oil Giants Form Climate Lobbying Group) has a simply lovely graphic which shows what they’re all about: