Climate and Energy Policy Program
Providing insight to drive an equitable, resilient, and effective transition to clean energy.
The Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) operates at the interface of policy analysis, academic research and education, and stakeholder engagement. It serves as a practical, timely, and neutral voice focused on informing decision making on climate and energy law and regulation. Understanding the costs, trade-offs, and consequences of policy and regulatory strategies is critical for improving our climate future and building a just, equitable, and resilient transition to a clean energy system. By collaborating with external partners in the government, private, and non-profit sectors, the CEPP integrates interdisciplinary research with direct policy engagement, while also providing opportunities for Stanford students and faculty to directly engage with and solve real energy and climate policy problems.
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Stanford experts on wildfire-related policy discuss what Congress can do to build a strong, resilience-focused wildland firefighting force to contend with increasingly catastrophic wildfires.
Policymakers in Sacramento and beyond can gain insight into the state’s energy challenges and potential solutions through a newly released California Council on Science & Technology report
Whitepaper: Developing and Supporting the Federal Wildland Fire Workforce
This whitepaper provides recommendations to Congress to better support the federal wildland fire workforce and to develop a workforce that looks beyond fire suppression in order to accomplish needed wildfire resilience treatments. The reality is that wildfire suppression and better forest stewardship are highly skilled, labor-intensive activities that will require greater support if the federal lands are to break a cycle of larger, higher intensity and higher severity wildfire. This means better support for the personnel in the fire suppression workforce and development of a much more robust federal forest stewardship workforce and capacity. A key recommendation of our work is that given the role that improved forest stewardship could play in moderating the severity of wildfire seasons, one of the best ways to support the existing workforce is to develop a resilience-focused workforce.
Wildfire Risk and Response
Wildfires have devastated California and beyond in recent years and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. The CEPP works directly with policy principals and their staff, as well as diverse stakeholders, to develop and understand policy initiatives aimed at addressing the causes, impacts, and effective responses to catastrophic wildfires in the American West.
Eliminating fossil fuel use in homes is an important avenue for decarbonization. The CEPP analyzes legal and regulatory strategies to electrify new and existing buildings, the implications of electrification for natural gas systems serving residential properties, and the cost and equity issues associated with these changes.
Climate Financial Risk
Climate change and its associated impacts may create systemic risks for the financial system. Through development and use of modelling tools and policy analysis, the CEPP studies both the physical risks posed by climate change, such as more frequent and severe extreme events, and the risks associated with the transition to a low carbon economy, such as the impact of a fragmented climate policy landscape, on firms and financial assets.
Assessing Policy Implementation
While setting ambitious targets for reducing emissions is important for combatting climate change, successfully implementing climate and energy policies to actually meet those targets is both critical and difficult. The CEPP looks at real world examples of successful and unsuccessful policies to better understand progress to date. Measuring the impact of policies and outcomes allows us to reflect on lessons learned and gain insight into future mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Real-time Policy & Regulatory Analysis
The CEPP aims to provide evidence-based, rapid, transparent, real-time analysis of policies under consideration and their impacts on people, communities, and industries. It also takes a deep look at energy system modeling efforts informing policy goals and strategies to evaluate key assumptions against real-world conditions.
The CEPP is dedicated to building environmental justice and equity into the clean energy transition. Through its analysis and outreach, the program strives to empower diverse audiences to advocate for themselves in legal, regulatory and government settings, particularly those who have historically suffered from structural racism in the energy system.
Resources & Opportunities
Education & Opportunities
Stanford undergraduate and graduate students can explore courses and educational opportunities offered by CEPP and related partners.
Read white papers, reports and other publications from CEPP and our partners.
The CEPP partners and collaborates with a number of entities across sectors on critical climate and energy policy issues.