Climate Change Business Journal Archives

CCBJ Vol VII No 04-06: Energy Efficiency & Green Buildings

A complete review of market drivers, trends and competitor types in the energy efficiency and green buildings segments of the climate change industry. CCBJ's $56 billion U.S. energy efficiency market in 2013 includes $47.5 billion in equipment, devices, appliances and systems and $8.8 billion in specialty services for EE, smart grid and demand response. Recent annual growth in these EE&DR segments has been relatively modest, and aggregate annual growth of about 4% is forecast. CCBJ estimates the green buildings market at $76 billion in 2013, so together the two segments made up $124 billion or 43% of the $287 billion U.S. climate change industry in 2012. Pursuing these markets-and the larger opportunities worldwide-is a diffuse collection of manufacturers, service providers, engineers, consultants, financial institutions, system integrators, contractors and other solutions providers profiled and interviewed in this special edition of CCBJ.

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CCBJ Vol VII No 01-03: Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Markets

The Adaptation segment of the Climate Change Industry continues to gain strength and expand in scope. CCBJ estimates the U.S. market for climate risk and adaptation services in the range $120-150 million in 2013, and CCBJ's January-February 2014 survey of climate consultancies and experts produced a variety of results in project sizes, market drivers and client and geographic areas. Overall, providers of climate adaptation services will not be surprised to see 20-30% growth in their practice areas and are planning to staff up accordingly.

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CCBJ Vol VI No 12: 2014 Executive Review & 2013 CCBJ Awards

In this Executive Review issue, CCBJ’s Fifth Annual Business Achievement Awards recognize more than 30 recipients that include high achievers in growth, finance, new technology and practice areas, and notable projects in several climate change industry segments. In 10 executive Q&As that follow, leaders in consulting, project development, policy and power share their perspective on the market and business challenges ahead.

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CCBJ Vol VI No 11: The Climate Change Industry Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), is the generation of electricity and heat (and cooling) from the same fuel. After several years in the doldrums, CHP is on an upward trend and benefiting from a gradually improving investment climate. Concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and energy security focus policy attention on this technology, but the biggest driver of today's CHP market is the low cost of natural gas. EPA's pending mercury air emission rules and the presence of third party CHP developers also contribute to market growth.

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CCBJ Vol VI No 10: Climate Change and the Mining Industry

The mining and minerals industry provides a compelling example of an industry challenged by climate change adaptation and offering a new business opportunities for project managers and technology providers. Mining operations are frequently located in the world's most rugged landscapes, with harsh climates and extreme weather. Increasingly, global climate change is challenging mine operators' ability to operate profitably and safely, with threats ranging from droughts and floods to a greater incidence of vectorborne diseases such as malaria and early thawing that have threatened the vital "ice road" truck deliveries for Canadian Arctic diamond mines.

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CCBJ Vol VI No 08-09: Carbon Markets Overview 2013

Despite disappointing global climate negotiations, the movement toward carbon pricing continues both within and outside of the United Nations framework. CCBJ's review of global trends in carbon pricing finds many positive trends, including regional emissions trading systems in China and action by developing and emerging economies from Chile to Kazakhstan. Sub-national entities like California and Quebec are pursuing bilateral linkages while nations make unilateral pledges while staying connected to the UN process. Key decisions on allocation levels (which determine pricing) are still pending in most systems, but 2014 will be crunch time as countries formalize commitments leading up to the pivotal December 2015 UN meeting. While carbon prices continue to waver in established trading and offset systems, many policymakers press on, perhaps sensing the inevitability of a global pricing system: Examples of progress in China (p.12), California (p.17), post-CDM (p.18), voluntary markets (p.22), South Korea (p.26), Chile (p.30), Japan (p.32), the future of global policy (p.28), wetlands carbon (p.34), carbon efficiency in transition economies (p.37) and Brazil (p.42).

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