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Plans of action

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This page lists detailed plans of action for tackling global warming and other environmental problems. For some we have links to summaries and critiques of these plans. Later we will write comparisons of these plans, highlighting areas of agreement and disagreement. The ultimate goal is to develop a plan of our own, Plan C.

See also Reports. Roughly speaking, ‘reports’ analyze problems while ‘plans of action’ suggest solutions. However, the borderline is a bit fuzzy.

These are action plans the Azimuth Project currently considers to be the highest priorities:

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Global action plans

In this report, McKinsey & Company offers a detailed analysis of the magnitude of the efficiency potential in non-transportation uses of energy, a thorough assessment of the barriers that impede the capture of greater efficiency, and an outline of the practical solutions available to unlock the potential.

The research shows that the U.S. economy has the potential to reduce annual non-transportation energy consumption by roughly 23 percent by 2020, eliminating more than $1.2 trillion in waste – well beyond the $520 billion upfront investment (not including program costs) that would be required. The reduction in energy use would also result in the abatement of 1.1 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions annually – the equivalent of taking the entire U.S. fleet of passenger vehicles and light trucks off the roads.

Such energy savings will be possible, however, only if the United States can overcome significant sets of barriers. These barriers are widespread and persistent, and will require an integrated set of solutions to overcome them – including information and education, incentives and financing, codes and standards, and deployment resources well beyond current levels.

National and continental action plans

City action plans

The 21 October 2010 edition of Nature has a section on cities and sustainability.

The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of committed local government leaders advocating an enhanced recognition and involvement of Mayors in multilateral efforts addressing climate change and related issues of global sustainability.

  • New York: PlaNYC 2030 is a long-term growth and sustainability plan for New York City. This aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels over the next 20 years.
PlaNYC 2030

Sustainable cities

Corporate action plans

Uncertainty in climate predictions

While we stress that it is quite certain we need to do something quickly, if we are to avoid environmental problems that threaten the survival of humanity, we recognize that much of the debate about adopting a plan of action centers on questions discussed in the topic - Uncertainty in climate science. We feel it is essential for questions to be aired and addressed by both the public and scientists, so the understanding of what is needed may be advanced. It is also important for people to be mindful that scientists speak about uncertainty quite differently from the general public. While the climate community is agreed that aggressive action is needed to stave off disasters, there is no general consensus about how much good various plans of action might do. So the future remains uncertain.

Azimuth Wiki pages

Action is a ‘category’ on the Azimuth Wiki. We have tried to list all Azimuth Wiki pages in this category here. However, the full list is here.

category: climate, energy, action, plans