What Will Shape Carbon Policy in 2019?
By Danielle Villegas
Vice President, Product Management
The past two years have revealed an increased number of Black Swan weather events, and these events appear to be growing in frequency, duration, and severity. Part of the problem lies in climate change, reports Sara E. Murphy of GreenBiz. Unfortunately, climate change is on track to continue disrupting economies and schedules, including school activities. Further, the disruption of climate change may also have an impact on shaping carbon policy in 2019. School administrators and superintendents need to understand the factors shaping carbon policy in 2019 and how it will impact operations.
The High Costs and Impact of Energy Use Will Drive Changes in Carbon Policy in 2019
The increased use of energy affects climate change.
Climate change is having a profound impact around the globe. A single weather event can cause damage well into the billions of dollars. Despite a link in the increased use of energy on climate change, energy use is still on the rise. According to Bruce Race via Forbes, society has less than one decade to avoid catastrophic climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, governments are working to create policies that will drive sustainability and minimize the impact on the environment. As a result, schools that do not implement energy-efficient programs in energy management will face added energy costs.
New Carbon Policies Will Encourage Greater Adoption of Energy Management Programs in Schools
Implementing new carbon policies throughout the country will translate into greater adoption of energy management programs in schools, businesses, and homes. One of the critical aspects of encouraging sustainability lies in incentivizing energy-efficiency improvements in energy management. With the memories of weather-related tragedies still fresh, school leaders have a duty to reduce reliance on nonrenewable energy resources and improve sustainability practices in their districts.
Fundamental Changes to Carbon Policy Affecting Decisions This Year
The primary changes to carbon policy in 2019 affecting schools boils down to four key issues, including:
A proposed carbon tax. A new carbon tax would effectively increase the burden of paying for inefficient use of energy. Unfortunately, the debate over whether such laws will become a reality remains highly critical and partisan. However, global trends indicate a proposed carbon tax is likely to grow more important as the year continues.
The “Green New Deal.” The "Green New Deal" refers to a proposal created by Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which will reduce the impact of climate change by encouraging sustainable practices. For instance, the "Green New Deal" will likely include provisions for investing in science and public education to encourage long-term energy-efficient behaviors, expand climate change awareness programs, commit funds to sustainable projects and more.
Regulatory changes to emissions, affecting school transportation. Speaking of legislation, a significant factor affecting carbon policy in 2019 will revolve around the passage of new legislation and laws affecting emissions from vehicles. Although this might seem like an afterthought in K-12 schools, school leaders will face pressure to use energy-efficient buses and avoid unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.
Studies considering the effect of Green initiatives on health. More studies are being conducted to determine the potential health benefits of sustainability and energy efficiency, as well as energy-efficient designs in cities and areas of focus. For instance, those living in cities with bicycle lanes, encouraging reduce the use of gas-powered vehicles, have an added benefit. People that commute to work or school by bicycle have a 52-percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, reports U.S. News.
Know How Carbon Policy Will Affect Your District in the Coming Year
Carbon policy in 2019 is shaping up to push more organizations and schools around the globe to adopt more energy efficiency programs and energy management standards. School leaders need to take note by considering investing in an energy management program that will generate results and reduce energy use. Cenergistic can help your district make changes to maintain compliance with changes in carbon policy. Find out what you need to do to get started by contacting Cenergistic online or calling 1-855-798-7779 now.