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Creating Climate Wealth - North America POST SUMMIT REPORT

Executive Summary

On May 3-4, 2011, the Carbon War Room convened executives, investors, academics, entrepreneurs, and select leaders from the public sector for the 2nd annual Creating Climate Wealth Summit. The premise of the Summit was that growth rates in the cleantech sector are not yet substantial enough to provide sufficient climate change mitigation needed to achieve stabilization targets and also needed to support sustainable economic development.
During the two-day Summit, leaders were broken into seven working tracks for roundtable discussions hosted by professional facilitators. These working tracks included Distributed Generation, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, the Future of Personal Transportation, Island Economies, Aviation & Renewable Fuels, Shipping and Freight, and Sustainable Agriculture.

The specific goal of the Summit was to identify the critical market barriers inhibiting industries from achieving large-scale emissions reduction and to develop strategies for overcoming barriers in these seven working tracks. Each group identified:

  • The top barriers to accelerated market growth.
  • Opportunities to accelerate deployment of cleantech and renewable energy solutions.
  • The operational pathway to achieve substantial emissions reduction by 2020.
  • This report contains the results of those working track discussions. The following sections contain brief summaries of key themes and major findings for each working track, followed by detailed tables representing the raw workshop results: barriers, potential solutions, and preliminary action plans for select solutions.

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