As we wrestle with new ideas and insights about our social, environmental and economic well-being, it’s helpful to build a more collaborative approach in our thinking.

In that same spirit, from time to time we will post our ideas in the form of working papers to invite comment, feedback, and suggestions. We invite you to take a look at several papers and working notes that are now in various stages of development. And drop us a note with your own ideas and thoughts!


Rapid Innovation to Mitigate Global Warming
June 2017

Taishi Sugiyama
The Canon Institute for Global Studies, Tokyo, Japan
John A. “Skip” Laitner
Energy and Resource Economist, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Abstract:
The dynamics of recent innovations of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
and others is better captured by the complex systems theory than traditional innovation
systems theory. The analysis based upon complex systems theory leads us to distinct and
more positive future prospects and cost-effective policy implications for mitigating global
warming. Massive emission cut of greenhouse gas will be possible through the policies that
promote innovation and economic development.


Working Note on Energy Efficiency as the Big Economic Hitter
June 3, 2017

John A. “Skip” Laitner
Energy and Resource Economist, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Abstract:
Using data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a simple infographic shows that energy efficiency now provides about 63% of the needed energy services to support the American economy. Energy supply provides only 37% of the current needs. As we think about addressing our future social and economic well-being, as well as adopting meaningful climate solutions, productive investments in greater levels of energy efficiency should remain at the forefront of our policies, supported, in turn, by the immediate and greater emphasis on renewable energy technologies.


Forthcoming Papers On –

Russian Economy

Smart Policies and Programs

Energy Harvesting

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