UC Davis was selected as an official affiliate event host for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), from September 12–14 in San Francisco, CA. UC Davis, under the leadership of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, hosted four official affiliate sessions on Tuesday, September 11th, and Wednesday, September 12th, to bring together GCAS attendees around key topics related to climate, energy, transportation, and public policy: topics that would benefit from increased collaboration and in which UC Davis has demonstrated leadership and expertise. UC Davis also hosted an evening reception on Tuesday, September 11th, open to all session attendees.
Learn more about the UC Davis events at the Global Climate Action Summit here.
SESSION 1: CLIMATE-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
September 11th, 8:00AM – 1:00PM
Different communities face different climate threats, including rising sea levels, increased incidence of drought, extreme heat events, more intense wildfires, and many others. A resilient community needs to be able to proactively prepare for, adequately respond to, and rapidly recover from climate impacts: for instance, by ensuring that accessible locations retain power, climate control, clean water, and mobility in a crisis. Many communities, especially those in small- and medium-sized cities, do not yet have the resources to build resilience. This session will highlight opportunities for researchers and communities to work together to develop and implement integrated community climate resilience strategies. Particular focus will be placed on the concept of resilience hubs, which provide necessities in extreme situations and service “normal” days to prepare for and enable community resilience. Learn more about this session here.
SESSION 2: HARNESSING THE 3 REVOLUTIONS IN TRANSPORTATION FOR CLIMATE GOALS
September 11th, 2:00PM – 7:30PM
How can subnational governments leverage the coming “3 Revolutions” in shared, electric, and automated transportation to meet climate goals? Transportation technologies are evolving rapidly, and the course of their evolution will determine whether GHG emissions dramatically increase or drop as a result. Which outcome we see in the future depends on our policy decisions in the present. The driving question of this session will be:What policies will steer the 3 Revolutions toward climate goals? This event will empower states, regions, and cities with policy tools needed to harness these revolutions to reduce climate emissions. Learn more about this session here.
SESSION 3: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY COLLABORATION
September 12th, 8:00AM – 1:00PM
The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of global GHG emissions. State and non-state actors working at various levels in North America and Europe have recently been strengthening collaboration on reducing transportation-related emissions. With some of these actors connected through transnational emissions trading, the need to learn from one another and to be able to respond to changing jurisdictional situations has never been more pressing and more promising. This session will bring together government leaders, policy researchers, and aspiring fast-follower governments from North America and Europe to identify more ways to increase climate ambition and improve implementation. Topics will include cap and trade, low-carbon fuel standards, zero emission vehicle standards, and renewable portfolio standards. The session will leverage existing UC Davis collaborations, including with Pacific Coast Collaborative jurisdictions, the International EV Policy Council, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, and the Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership. Learn more about this session here.
SESSION 4: FROM AMBITION TO ACTION IN TRANSPORTATION
September 12th, 2:00PM – 5:30PM
Increased ambition in energy, transportation, and land-use systems is essential to achieving climate goals. Models of these systems provide insight into the viability of different levels of climate ambition and the lowest-cost, highest-benefit paths forward. The session will address possible targets in climate policy, such as:
– A very low GHG target (such as net carbon neutrality) by 2050;
– A very high renewables target post 2030;
– A “clean vehicle” (100% zero-emission) sales target by 2040 or other year; and
– The sequestration potential of various land-use approaches.
The session will highlight findings from the 3rd California Climate Policy Modeling forum, a major UC Davis undertaking. It will include leaders from other U.S. and international entities engaged in similar research. Learn more about this session here.