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Johns Hopkins SAIS expert develops research that demonstrates emissions reductions of pricing carbon but warns of undercounting upstream emissions


New research co-authored by Sarah M. Jordaan, Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, emphasizes the potential of carbon pricing for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Interconnection with a life cycle assessment of electricity generation.
The policy analysis titled “Grid-scale life cycle greenhouse gas implications of renewable, storage and carbon pricing options,” published in Environmental Science & Technology, demonstrates how carbon pricing is an important tool for transitions to low carbon grids, while identifying the potential for undercounted emissions across the life cycle. Jordaan and her team utilized life cycle assessment and the Johns Hopkins Stochastic Multistage Integrated Network Expansion Model to examine the life cycle environmental benefits of pricing carbon combined with incremental increases in renewable and storage capacity for the electricity system.
Jordaan is available for interviews and background discussions on the research and the following topics:
Impact of carbon pricing on grid-scale emissions
Environmental benefits of renewable and storage capacity 
Opportunities to examine technology and policy in life cycle assessment
This research is co-authored by Benjamin F. Hobbs, Theodore M. and Kay W. Schad Professor of Environmental Management at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, and Qingyu Xu, Postdoctoral Researcher at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.
The full policy analysis is available here

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Monday, August 17, 2020