As drivers of climate action enter the fourth decade of what has become a multi-stage race, Net Zero has emerged as the dominant organizing principle. Hundreds of corporations and investors worldwide, together responsible for assets in the tens of trillions of dollars, are lining-up for the UN Race to Zero. This latest stage in the race to save civilization from heat, drought, fires, and floods is defined by steering toward zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Alicia Seiger, Managing Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Lecturer in Law; Managing Director, Precourt Sustainable Finance Initiative, and
Tom Heller, Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Emeritus; Faculty Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
For a discussion of the forthcoming book by Stanford's Sustainable Finance Initiative, Settling Climate Accounts, which probes the practice of Net Zero finance. It elucidates both the state of play and a set of directions that help form judgements about whether Net Zero is going to carry climate action far enough. The book delves into technical analyses and activates the reader’s imagination with narrative accounts of climate action past, present, and future. Settling Climate Accounts offers context and foundation to ground the rapidly evolving practice of Net Zero finance. Targeted at seasoned practitioners, newly activated leaders, educators, and students of climate action the world over, this book embraces the complexity of climate action and, in so doing, proposes to animate and drive hope.
This event is hosted by the Precourt Institute for Energy.