Climate capitalism Capitalism in the age of climate change

L. Hunter Lovins, 1950-

Book - 2011

Draws from case studies of businesses of all sizes to show the ways in which sustainability efforts can generate profits.

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Published
New York : Hill and Wang c2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
390 p. ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780809034734
0809034735
Main Author
L. Hunter Lovins, 1950- (-)
Other Authors
Boyd Cohen (-)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

Lovins and Cohen, entrepreneurs and consultants, explain green business practices that also enhance the bottom line. They examine efficiency technologies to reduce energy use, which includes a smart grid that would "deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers and, if there is distributed generation back again, using digital technology to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability." Other important energy topics include renewable energy sources (e.g., biofuels, solar, wind), meeting needs for transportation, and the capacity of markets to solve the climate crisis. In stating that America's energy policy is not a partisan issue, the authors quote former CIA chief R. James Woolsey, who describes how that policy "forces us to pay for both sides of the war on terror: paying for our guys to fight it and buying oil from the guys who pay our enemies to fight us." This is an excellent book with important insights for managers of small and large companies as well as many other library patrons. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Remember Natural Capitalism? That book, released in 1999, argued that environmentally sound decisions can make for good business. Here, the authors—Time 2000 Hero of the Planet Lovins and CO2IMPACT founder Cohen—offer case studies of corporations (GE, Zipcar), startups (Harbec Plastics), and cities (London, Greensburg, KS) that have shown the green approach to be profitable. Take a good look. [Page 47]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Draws on dozens of case studies from a wide range of sources to argue that innovative sustainability can be profitable, in an anecdotal reference by two influential green-business entrepreneurs that identifies specific business opportunities associated with the environmental movement. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Draws on dozens of case studies from a wide range of sources to argue that innovative sustainability can be profitable and identifies specific business opportunities associated with the environmental movement.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Believe in climate change. Or don't. It doesn't matter.But you'd better understand this: the best route to rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets, as well as assuring national security, is doing precisely what you would do if you were scared to death about climate change. Whether you're the head of a household or the CEO of a multinational corporation, embracing efficiency, innovation, renewables, carbon markets, and new technologies is the smartest decision you can make. It's the most profitable, too. And, oh yes--you'll help save the planet.In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins, coauthor of the bestselling Natural Capitalism, and the sustainability expert Boyd Cohen prove that the future of capitalism in a recession-riddled, carbon-constrained world will be built on innovations that cutting-edge leaders are bringing to the market today. These companies are creating jobs and driving innovation.Climate Capitalism delivers hundreds of in-depth case studies of international corporations, small businesses, NGOs, and municipalities to prove that energy efficiency and renewable resources are already driving prosperity. While highlighting business opportunities across a range of sectors---including energy, construction, transportation, and agriculture technologies---Lovins and Cohen also show why the ex-CIA director Jim Woolsey drives a solar-powered plug-in hybrid vehicle. His bumper sticker says it all: "Osama bin Laden hates my car."Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and concerned citizens alike will find profitable ideas within these pages. In ten information-packed chapters, Climate Capitalism gives tangible examples of early adopters across the globe who see that the low-carbon economy leads to increased profits and economic growth. It offers a clear and concise road map to the new energy economy and a cooler planet.Named a Time magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and called by Newsweek "the green business icon," L. HUNTER LOVINS is president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project. Her clients include large companies like Walmart; small companies like Clif Bar; the Pentagon; the United Nations; cities around the world; and the energy minister of Afghanistan, to name just a few. BOYD COHEN is CEO of C02IMPACT and a former professor of sustainable entrepreneurship in Spain, Costa Rica, and Canada.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this work for leaders of small and large companies, environmentalists, and general readers, Lovins (president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions) and Cohen, a former professor of sustainable entrepreneurship, make the business case for cutting waste and reducing the use of fossil energy to save money and protect the planet. The authors recommend embracing efficiency, innovation, renewable resources, and new technologies for rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets. Case studies of international corporations, small businesses, NGOs, and municipalities show how energy efficiency and renewable resources are already driving prosperity in industry sectors such as energy, construction, transportation, and agriculture. An appendix offers links for calculating and offsetting carbon emissions. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Believe in climate change. Or don’t. It doesn’t matter. But you’d better understand this: the best route to rebuilding our economy, our cities, and our job markets, as well as assuring national security, is doing precisely what you would do if you were scared to death about climate change. Whether you’re the head of a household or the CEO of a multinational corporation, embracing efficiency, innovation, renewables, carbon markets, and new technologies is the smartest decision you can make. It’s the most profitable, too. And, oh yes—you’ll help save the planet.In Climate Capitalism, L. Hunter Lovins, coauthor of the bestselling Natural Capitalism, and the sustainability expert Boyd Cohen prove that the future of capitalism in a recession-riddled, carbon-constrained world will be built on innovations that cutting-edge leaders are bringing to the market today. These companies are creating jobs and driving innovation. Climate Capitalism delivers hundreds of indepth case studies of international corporations, small businesses, NGOs, and municipalities to prove that energy efficiency and renewable resources are already driving prosperity. While highlighting business opportunities across a range of sectors—including energy, construction, transportation, and agriculture technologies—Lovins and Cohen also show why the ex–CIA director Jim Woolsey drives a solar-powered plugin hybrid vehicle. His bumper sticker says it all: “Osama bin Laden hates my car.” Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and concerned citizens alike will find profitable ideas within these pages. In ten information-packed chapters,Climate Capitalism gives tangible examples of early adopters across the globe who see that the low-carbon economy leads to increased profits and economic growth. It offers a clear and concise road map to the new energy economy and a cooler planet.