The Paris Agreement highlights the need for local climate leadership. The University Of California’s approach to deep decarbonization offers lessons in efficiency, alternative fuels and electrification. Bending the emissions curve globally requires efforts that blend academic insights with practical solutions.
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We gratefully acknowledge the TomKat Charitable Trust, which provided funding to convene our working group, and UCSB’s National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and Institute for Energy Efficiency, which co-administered the TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality project. Supplementary support was provided by the University of California Office of the President and by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California. D.G.V. and A.A. were supported by the Deep Decarbonization Initiative of UCSD and by Electric Power Research Institute. S.J.D. was supported by NSF INFEWS Grant EAR 1639318. A.M. and R.Z.P. were supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the US Department of Energy under contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231. We also thank the other members of the Natural Gas Exit Strategies Working Group: F. Bockmiller, J. Brouwer, C. Diamond, E. Dowey, J. Elliott, R. Eng, S. Kaffka, M. Kloss, L. McNeilly, I. Mezić, J. Morejohn, E. Ritzinger, S. Weissman and J. Williams.
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Victor, D.G., Abdulla, A., Auston, D. et al. Turning Paris into reality at the University of California. Nature Clim Change 8, 183–185 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0103-3
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