Research projects concerning the environment are a top priority for CGGC. The Center is interested in establishing partnerships with organizations that focus on environmental issues, as exemplified in our ongoing collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Manufacturing Climate Solutions
CGGC worked with EDF's Sustainable Technologies group to produce a series of value chain analyses of selected greenhouse gas-reducing technologies. The series started with a five-technology report released in November 2008 with subsequent chapters made available throughout 2009. View Project Page View All Reports
Clean Energy Transportation & Infrastructure
Our researchers helped inform the Apollo Alliance's Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan by mapping out the U.S. value chain for manufacturing rail cars and parts for passenger trains. Our research found a healthy domestic supply base but also identified areas in which U.S.-based firms need to capture higher-value activities such as design, engineering and systems integration. View Project Page View All Reports
Gulf Coast Restoration
In the Gulf Coast Restoration (2011-2012) report series, CGGC produced three reports on behalf of EDF that analyzed the value chain of firms capable of restoring coastal wetlands in the Mississippi River Delta, an area under threat from human-induced damage and natural disasters. The reports address the question, “"If restoration were to occur on the scale needed, what kinds of jobs would be created, and where?”
EDF's Corporate Partnership Program
To help inform EDF's Corporate Partnership Program, CGGC researchers created a series of value chain analyses on the structure and dynamics of four industries: beef and dairy, hog farming, California crops and real estate in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, CGGC researchers analyzed the development, diffusion, and adoption of two clean technologies in the United States. The reports described the major advances for each technology, how the industry was organized, and the role of regulations and industry associations in promoting each technology. The goal of the research was to understand how clean technologies were adopted in the past so that future adoptions of clean technologies could identify the actors and factors needed to quickly adopt the technologies in a developing world context.