Market and Policy Analysis

Markets for carbon credits, clean energy, and energy efficient products are constantly changing. Earthpace’s in-depth analysis can help clients make sense of these complexities. Our consultants provide research on industry health, current and pending market drivers, regulatory pressures, business models and value streams, allowing our clients to conceptualize the market sector-by-sector.

At Earthpace, our analysis interacts with our decision support services to help our clients identify market-based solutions to meet their goals.

Regulatory and policy changes have a profound influence on entities working in climate, energy and sustainability. Earthpace’s innovative analysis helps its clients – whether in government, the private sector, or the non-governmental community – respond to these changes and develop cutting-edge products. Our expertise to predict and analyze policy trends helps our clients discover and capitalize on opportunities presented by regulatory and policy decision-makers.

Earthpace’s analyses encompass more than just energy and climate legislation and regulation; our consultants examine broader environmental compliance issues in order to identify between climate regulation and other environmental issues.

 

Earthpace has completed a number of projects providing analysis of complex policies and economic markets. A selection of those projects follows below.

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Confidence through Compliance in Emissions Trading

At the request of the Dutch, U.S., Japanese, and British environmental agencies, Earthpace (acting as a consultant to the INECE Secretariat) led an international initiative among regulators, business and international organizations to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence, and ensure environmental integrity in the emissions trading systems. Earthpace facilitated a series of workshops to develop best practices for assuring compliance—including the use of information technology—for monitoring, reporting, and verification of emission reductions and carbon offset projects.

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Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

Earthpace spearheads the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators Initiative as a consultant to the INECE Secretariat. As part of this work, Earthpace helped INECE convene and manage an Expert Working Group on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators; supported the development of the Performance Measurement Guidance for Compliance and Enforcement Practitioners; and developed other publications on indicators theory and practice.

Earthpace supported the drafting of a two-day course on identifying, designing, and using performance indicators for compliance and enforcement programs. On behalf of INECE, Earthpace delivered the course in the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; Central Europe; and Central America, and is planning future deliveries of the course in 2010.

Chronic Oil Pollution

Earthpace provided technical assistance to a major international non-government organization regarding the development of policy options and advocacy opportunities to respond to the increasing threat to seabirds, human health and the environment posed by chronic oiling from land and marine-based sources. The analysis included impact on communities, natural resources, and the economy.

Oil spill image courtesy of flickr.

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Emerging Technologies and Environmental Impact Assessment

Earthpace has researched the applicability of digital technologies including satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems, and the Internet to facilitating the environmental impact assessment process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act. Earthpace delivered presentations on this topic to the ALI-ABA Course of Study on Environmental Impact Assessment in 2003 and 2001. Download Earthpace's presentation here.
At the request of the Dutch, U.S., Japanese, and British environmental agencies, Earthpace (acting as a consultant to the INECE Secretariat) led an international initiative among regulators, business and international organizations to strengthen compliance, improve investor confidence, and ensure environmental integrity in the emissions trading systems. Earthpace facilitated a series of workshops to develop best practices for assuring compliance—including the use of information technology—for monitoring, reporting, and verification of emission reductions and carbon offset projects.