December 2019
Synthesis Report
California Climate Risk: Insurance-Based Approaches to Mitigation and Resilience 

As the impacts of climate change develop and intensify throughout California, the insurance sector will play an increasingly important role in the state's response. Policymakers, industry leaders, and local communities are all beginning to face a new paradigm of risk, resilience, and financial sustainability that insurers are uniquely positioned to help manage.

In July 2019, CLEE and UCLA Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, together with the California Department of Insurance and UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance, convened a  symposium to discuss this evolving new role for the insurance sector. Our new synthesis report, co-authored by UCLA's Sean Hecht and CLEE's Ted Lamm, summarizes the key findings and next steps identified at the symposium, and adds new material and analysis reflecting recent developments in the field.  

Contact Ted Lamm for more information.

Environmental Law Clinic

This semester, Berkeley Law's Environmental Law Clinic has tackled environmental justice and environmental health issues, ranging from equitable renewable energy to consumer product safety. Learn more about these projects in their Fall Newsletter

Conference Brief

California and France have taken leading steps in supporting the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), but each has substantial progress ahead to reach full adoption. What can these jurisdictions learn from each other's successes and challenges to make EVs convenient and accessible to urban residents?

To explore these questions, speakers at our June 2019 international conference at UC Berkeley on electric vehicles and global urban adoption, co-sponsored by CentraleSup√©lec and Florence School of Regulation (FSR) in France, described lessons learned for electric vehicle deployment in France and California.

Based on the discussion, UC Berkeley Law's Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) released the symposium brief:  Electric Vehicles and Global Urban Adoption: Policy Solutions from France and California.

Contact Ethan Elkind or Ted Lamm for more information. 

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