Dialogue: Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

14 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2019

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Cassie Phillips

Environmental Law Institute

Jonathan M. Gilligan

Vanderbilt University - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment

Stephen Harper

Intel Corporation

Jackie Roberts

The Carlyle Group, L.P.

Michael P. Vandenbergh

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: December 1, 2018

Abstract

When the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, 100 private corporations reaffirmed their commitment to fighting climate change. While governments are often tasked with facing climate change, many major private institutions are taking steps to significantly reduce carbon emissions, reaping the benefits of favorable public image and reduced operational costs from energy and other savings. On September 5, 2018, ELI held an expert panel discussing the role of private institutions in climate change mitigation, the incentives for private actors pursuing carbon reduction initiatives, key factors in successful case studies, and methods for developing and evaluating successful private climate initiatives. Below, we present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Keywords: climate change, private governance, carbon reduction, private climate initiatives

Suggested Citation

Phillips, Cassie and Gilligan, Jonathan M. and Harper, Stephen and Roberts, Jackie and Vandenbergh, Michael P., Dialogue: Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change (December 1, 2018). 48 ENVTL. L. REP. 11049-11062 (Dec. 2018)(panel discussion). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3295695

Cassie Phillips

Environmental Law Institute

2000 L Street, NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Jonathan M. Gilligan

Vanderbilt University - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences ( email )

VU Station B #351805
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1805
United States
615.322.2420 (Phone)
615.322.2138 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.jonathangilligan.org/

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ( email )

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment ( email )

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

Stephen Harper

Intel Corporation ( email )

United States

Jackie Roberts

The Carlyle Group, L.P. ( email )

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 220 South
Washington, DC 20003
United States

Michael P. Vandenbergh (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

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