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The latest editorial pieces from Michael Liebreich.
September 23, 2011
Michael wrote this piece about a year ahead of Rio+20, the 2012 Summit on Sustainable Development. He argued that Rio should focus on three things: making sustainability relevant to all by focusing it on resource efficiency; accelerating the transition that is anyway happening in the energy sector; and figuring out realistic ways to unlock large climate finance at scale. He knew he was whistling into the wind, but hey, he enjoys writing.
August 31, 2011
COP 16 in Cancun saw agreement on the creation of a Green Climate Fund to manage ‘a significant portion’ of the annual $100bn of funding committed to the developing world in Copenhagen. However, it did not clarify how such a fund might operate. In this white paper, I explain that the model which is emerging during subsequent negotiations will not work. I lay out my alternative proposal for an integrated Green Climate Finance Framework which could deliver the required $100bn per annum investment. Despite the fact that many negotiators read this paper, I was never invited to explain it in person.
May 7, 2011
I spend my life making presentations on the world’s shift from dirty, centralised insecure energy to a cleaner, more distributed and secure energy infrastructure, driven by the underlying economics and geopolitics. In this 3-minute video I try to tell the same story, but using only images and music. The question I wanted to raise is, if the shift is inevitable, should you spend your time and energy hanging on to the past or looking to the future?
October 7, 2010
A trade war may deliver a short-term boost to domestic companies, but the cleantech industry as a whole would suffer. A version of this piece appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, 7 October 2010.
December 21, 2008
Each year, on the second Sunday in March, a 42km cross-country ski race rips through some of Switzerland’s most amazing scenery. For many years I lead a group of up to 60 people taking part, calling ourselves the Engadin Marathonistas, who raised over £100,000 for various charities.