The Institute was established by Richard Heede, Naomi Oreskes, and Greg Erwin as a non-profit research and educational organization.
The Climate Accountability Institute engages in research and education on anthropogenic climate change, dangerous interference with the climate system, and the contribution of fossil fuel producers' carbon production to atmospheric carbon dioxide content. This encompasses the science of climate change, the civil and human rights associated with a stable climate regime not threatened by climate-destabilizing emissions of greenhouse gases, and the risks, liabilities, and disclosure requirements regarding past and future emissions of greenhouse gases attributable to primary carbon producers.
Their vision is for a world protected from the social, economic, and environmental damages of climate change.
Their mission is to use climate accountability as a fulcrum for climate stewardship.
Their strategy is to leverage accountability by carbon producers into using their skills, capital, and resources to aid rather than oppose the transition to a low-carbon or zero-carbon energy future.
Communication and publicity on climate accountability, climate damages, and climate solutions to individuals and groups working in economics, GHG inventories, fossil fuels, climate and energy policy, stranded assets and fossil reserves, law, ethics and philosophy, climate science, investing & divesting, insurance, shareholder activism, corporate accountability, finance, gadfly work, and thought-leaders around the world. They will continue their publicity work, write op-eds, engage through social media, and give media interviews.
Collaborative work with like-minded institutions and colleagues at Union of Concerned Scientists, Oxford University, Carbon Tracker, and other organizations to be announced in the new year.
Research & thinking on the nature and attribution of responsibility for climate change (a challenge to the conventional notion that consumers are responsible); quantify the potential emissions from proved recoverable reserves held by the Carbon Majors; design a pathway for actions and investments a responsible fossil fuel company should take; create a metric for mandated (or voluntary) net emission reductions via Carbon Capture and Storage or other verifiable offsets informed by historic contributions to global emissions, production levels, and the remaining global carbon budget (such as the IPCC’s 1 TtC budget, of which no more — and probably far less -- than 455 GtC remain if they are to assure remaining below 2 °C); update the Carbon Majors analysis of fossil fuel and cement production (including mergers and acquisitions, new entities that meet the 8 MtC threshold) to 2013; engage with shareholder and investor groups, climate policy experts, and industry representatives; model the temperature response to Carbon Major’s historic production and attributed emissions of carbon dioxide and methane; and provide support to numerous initiatives that show promise to moving the needle on effective action to reduce emissions around the world.
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