The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise of the Berkeley Law community – faculty, staff, and students – into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.
Berkeley Law is pleased to announce that former California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has joined the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE). Jones’ work will focus on the risks posed by climate change to the insurance and other financial sectors and how public policy can help these sectors better identify, evaluate, and address that risk. He will also examine the role that the financial sector can play in aligning capital with the Paris Agreement and the role of financial regulators in addressing climate related risks. In addition to his position with CLEE, Jones has also been appointed a Distinguished Fellow with the ClimateWorks Foundation and the Senior Director for Environmental and Social Risk with The Nature Conservancy.
In the News
California Could Require Zero-Emission Shuttles At Its Largest Airports
(4/17/19) Ethan Elkind quoted by Capital Public Radio
Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects
(4/13/19) Holly Doremus quoted by San Francisco Chronicle
Trump’s OIRA: more bark than bite
(4/11/19) Dan Farber quoted by E&E News
Legal battle over California emission standards
(4/6/19) Dan Farber quoted by Fox KTVU
An overeager legal strategy may endanger Trump’s energy goals
(4/4/19) Holly Doremus quoted by Roll Call
See our complete list of media mentions here.
Insuring California in a Changing Climate: Adapting the Industry to New Needs, Risks, and Opportunities
Climate change poses significant risks to the insurance industry, even as the industry has the opportunity to help California residents and businesses mitigate their own risks. As disaster events become more common and complex, markets transition away from fossil fuels, and climate litigation accelerates, the industry will need to adapt rapidly while Californians will need continued access to robust protection. Our new symposium brief highlights the key concerns and top policy and market solutions available to protect insurers and consumers alike.
California’s housing affordability crisis has rightly received a great deal of attention by state lawmakers, the press, academics, and ordinary Californians. To better understand the legal mechanisms behind housing development, this phased research project joins legal research with qualitative research methods to examine land-use entitlement processes in selected high cost cities over a four-year period (2014-2017). This work explores the obstacles to increasing infill development—a necessary strategy to address the housing supply crisis while being sensitive to health and environmental concerns.
Policy Brief: Low-Income Multifamily Energy Savings Retrofits: Solutions to Increase Access to Incentives and Unlock Benefits
Improving the energy performance of existing buildings will be key to achieving California’s efficiency and greenhouse gas emission goals. But owners of low-income, multifamily buildings face some of the greatest obstacles, including difficult access to capital, complex financing arrangements, and competing renovation needs. While California’s energy regulators and electric utilities fund and operate a number of incentive and rebate programs, structural barriers have hampered progress, including strict income qualification criteria, energy data opacity, and the complexity of combining multiple incentives into one project.
To address these challenges, UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law are issuing a new policy brief based on two stakeholder convenings that identified policy solutions to address key barriers, increase access to energy efficiency incentives, and unlock environmental, financial, and quality-of-life benefits for owners and residents alike.
Streamlining Sustainability: Regulatory and Permitting Improvements to Achieve California’s Freight Goals
Freight is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs in California and feeds commerce and agriculture throughout the state and the entire nation. But the trains, trucks, aircraft, and ocean vessels that ship goods throughout California are responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air pollutants.
California’s freight system leaders will need to maximize its efficiency to retain this position of prominence while protecting California residents and workers. The recommendations outlined in Streamlining Sustainability can help California achieve its ambitious emission reduction, public health, and economic competitiveness goals.
Climate change will exacerbate the droughts, floods, and wildfires that Californians already regularly experience, making them even more extreme and unpredictable. Gavin Newsom, California’s next governor, must prepare for these inevitable disasters while minimizing the greenhouse gas emissions of a society of nearly 40 million people.
CLEE, together with Resources Legacy Fund (RLF), has prepared three sets of actions Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom could take immediately to address wildfire; drought, flood, and drinking water safety and affordability; and the stubbornly high carbon pollution from our transportation systems.
CLIMATE & ENERGY
- Insuring California in a Changing Climate: Adapting the Industry to New Needs, Risks, and Opportunities (March 2019)
- Policy Brief: Low-Income Multifamily Energy Savings Retrofits: Solutions to Increase Access to Incentives and Unlock Benefits (Jan 2019)
- Streamlining Sustainability: Regulatory and Permitting Improvements to Achieve California’s Freight Goals (Dec 2018)
- A New Solar Landscape: Improving County-Level Landscape Planning for Utility-Scale Solar PV Facilities (Nov 2018)
- Implementing SB 743: An Analysis of Vehicle Miles Traveled Banking and Exchange Frameworks (Oct 2018)
- 100% Zero: Solutions to Achieve Universal Zero-Emission Vehicle Adoption (Sept 2018)
- Trial by Fire: Managing Climate Risks Facing Insurers in the Golden State (Sept 2018)
- Policy Solutions to Boost Zero Emission Freight at Southern California’s Ports (Aug 2018)
- Delivering the Goods: How California can create the Sustainable Freight System of the Future (Mar 2018)
- Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities in California’s Drought Water Allocation (Aug 2018)
- When is Groundwater Recharge a Beneficial Use of Surface Water in California? (Aug 2018)
- Learning from California’s Experience with Small Water System Consolidations (May 2018)
- Recharge Net Metering to Enhance Groundwater Sustainability (April 2018)
- Improving California’s Streamflow Monitoring System (April 2018)
- Navigating Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (Mar 2018)
- Data for Water Decision Making: Informing the Implementation of California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act through Research and Engagement (Jan 2018)
- Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process (Feb 2019)
- Getting it Right: Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process (Feb 2018)
- Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development Through 2030 (Mar 2017)
- Oceans and Climate Change Governance, Ecology Law Quarterly (Sept 2018)
- Stress Testing the Law of the Sea: Dispute Resolution, Disasters & Emerging Challenges (Sept 2018)
- Ocean Law Debates: The 50-Year Legacy of Emerging Issues for the Years Ahead (Mar 2018)
- The Past, Present & Future of California’s Coastal Act: Overcoming Division to Comprehensively Manage the Coast (Aug 2017)