Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Gordon Rowan

Head of Structured and Sustainable Finance

In this video, Gordon introduces the Keeling curve, the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere, and the idea that market-based tools such as cap and trade can help us to reorganise our economies to reduce the amount of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere.

In this video, Gordon introduces the Keeling curve, the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere, and the idea that market-based tools such as cap and trade can help us to reorganise our economies to reduce the amount of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere.

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Introduction to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

7 mins 28 secs

Overview

By absorbing solar energy and reducing the speed at which it escapes into space, greenhouse gases warm the Earth by insulating it like a blanket. The warming of the Earth is influenced differently by various GHGs. The Global Warming Potential is a metric used to compare GHGs to the amount of energy that one tonne of CO2 will absorb over a century ("GWP"). Although CO2 has a GWP of 1 by definition, it can linger in the atmosphere for a much longer period of time than 100 years. The worst are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and their relatives, whose GWPs are thousands or tens of thousands of times more than CO2 equivalent. This is due to the fact that they significantly capture more heat than CO2 for a given mass.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand what a concentration of 416 ppm mean

  • Understand the concept of greenhouse gases

  • Understand the government's initiatives to reduce carbon emissions

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Gordon Rowan

Gordon Rowan

Gordon Rowan is the Head of Structured and Sustainable Finance at Respira International, which creates solutions for long-term guaranteed contracts with carbon projects. Previously he was a director at Walbrook Capital Partners and Ambac. He has also guest lectured at University College London.

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