California-China Carbon Markets Linkage
SGA staff and experts have convened a working group with the California Air Resources Board; China’s National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC); Tsinghua University; UC Berkeley; and the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA to design a roadmap for the California and Chinese cap-and-trade systems to facilitate the creation of one larger marketplace for the reduction of carbon pollution using market mechanisms. The further goal is to align this unified system with other global carbon markets to ultimately put a price on carbon in the majority of the world’s economy by 2025.
Clean Energy Access Fund
CEAF was designed to bring clean and affordable energy systems to underserved and vulnerable communities around the world, especially in collaboration with First Nations and indigenous regions. The first project was implemented in Fiji with the creation of a trust fund, managed by the Fijian government and from which remote island communities can borrow funding to replace dirty diesel micro-grid generators with clean, renewable solar/battery systems, repaying the costs from fuel/maintenance savings. When loans are repaid, funding is made available to other communities. The first project in Fiji was completed and SGA is now securing new funds and new government partnerships to expand the program to the Gujarat state of India and in sub-Saharan Africa. We are also working with the non-profit ReVolv to implement similar innovative financing (leveraged with crowd-funding) in North America for projects at community centers, schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. One of our projects was recently completed in Oakland, CA.
COP25 Chile Advisory
In January 2019, we met with government officials in Chile, which will be hosting the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP25) in December, to recommend initiatives that could help COP parties implement the Paris Climate Agreement. We are currently working with government staff on a sub-national climate finance fund for Latin America (in partnership with the R20); bringing the California environmental education initiative to Chile as a global model; and the potential adoption by COP parties of the bold, new "One Earth Climate Model" that lays out the practical, achievable roadmap to a future of no more than 1.5 degrees C of global warming within a robust, sustainable economy.
R20 Project Sourcing
SGA works with the R20 Regions of Climate Action “100 Climate Solutions” campaign to help sub-national governments adopt the policies to incentivize renewable energy, energy efficiency, and waste reduction strategies. We then help local governments publish projects on the R20 platform where technology and finance partners can evaluate and implement these critical climate solutions at scale.
Countdown to 2030
Countdown is a communication platform to promote actions needed for each of the next ten years that focus on a sense of urgency on the problem; highlight the solutions and level of ambition needed in that timeframe; and inspire new solutions and commitment by key stakeholders world-wide before it’s too late. Countdown provides consistently branded speakers, messaging, data, and solutions that are specifically tailored to a wide variety of audiences, reached online and at conferences. Progress reports and other context-setting tools will be made available annually for each of the next ten years to focus a sense of urgency on the problem; highlight the solutions and level of ambition needed in that timeframe; and inspire new solutions and commitments by key stakeholders worldwide, before it’s too late to save our planet and ourselves from irreversible climate change impacts. Content focuses on 6 key sectors: Energy, Waste, Transportation, Food, Conservation, and Innovation. “Countdown Commitments” from corporations, governments, and NGOs – meaningful actions that will help us achieve our 2030 goals will also be measured, reported, and shared.