Stephen Seidel

Senior Advisor, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Stephen Seidel is Senior Advisor at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). His areas of focus include managing climate risks affecting both government agencies and private sector companies, analyzing federal regulatory activities, and advising on the implementation of sustainability programs.  Previously, Mr. Seidel was Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel at the Pew Center on Global Climate, C2ES’s predecessor organization.

Mr. Seidel has more than 25 years of experience on global environmental issues. He managed EPA’s Stratospheric Protection program, including development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the regulatory and voluntary partnership programs under Title VI of the Clean Air Act. Mr. Seidel also served as a Senior Analyst at the Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Climate Change Task Force. Under the International Civil Aviation Organization, he co-chaired a multinational working group on market-based measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Seidel has a degree in economics and urban studies from Columbia University and a law degree and master’s in city planning from Rutgers University.

Posts by Stephen Seidel

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Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

Economic damages from weather-related disasters climbed to near-record levels in 2012, with over 800 major events worldwide causing an estimated $130 billion in losses. Munich Re reported that it was the third-costliest year on record behind 2011 and 2005. Many …

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HFO-1234yf: An Examination of Projected Long-Term Costs of Production

This paper seeks to inform the discussion on what the price of HFO-1234yf (2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene) might be over the longer term when application and process patents have expired, economy of scale is achieved at production facilities using the most efficient processes, …

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Nations agree on historic HFC phasedown
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Not-in-Kind Alternatives to High Global Warming HFCs

As parties to the Montreal Protocol consider an amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), one critical concern is the availability of zero- or low-global warming potential (low-GWP) alternatives to replace high-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. While much of the attention …

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A critical opportunity to build on the Paris Agreement
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Advancing toward an HFC phasedown
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Status of Legal Challenges: Patents Related to the use of HFO1234YF in Auto Air Conditioning

One of the key challenges identified by Parties to the Montreal Protocol as part of the Dubai Pathway on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) relates to concerns raised about intellectual property rights. Because a large number of patents on low global warming potential …

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Advancing toward phasing down HFCs
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Ten Myths About Intellectual Property Rights and the Montreal Protocol

This brief explores myths and facts about intellectual property rights as they are covered in the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to limit high global warming potential (GWP) gases.

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Approaches to Structuring a High Ambient Temperature Exemption

As parties to the Montreal Protocol consider an amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), one critical concern is whether suitable alternatives for air-conditioning applications are available and adequately demonstrated for cooling capacity and energy efficiency under conditions of high ambient …

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Significant progress toward limiting HFCs under the Montreal Protocol
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Patents and the Role of the Multilateral Fund

Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer are considering actions to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) because of their contributions to climate change. One important issue raised by Article 5 Parties is the concern that patents on …

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Technological Change in the Production Sector under the Montreal Protocol

With negotiations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considering limits on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as potent greenhouse gases, this paper examines past transitions during the relatively short, but dynamic history of this international treaty. …

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New commitments to reduce HFCs show leadership
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Breaking through the Montreal Protocol stalemate
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EPA drives shift away from potent global warming gases
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Information technology and sustainability
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Slow progress on limiting HFCs
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Efforts to limit aviation emissions advance at ICAO
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Smart technologies aid federal agencies’ sustainability efforts
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Leading by Example 2.0: How Information and Communication Technologies Help Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals

By any measure, the federal government has an enormous impact on the economy and the environment. Federal agencies: Own or operate 660,000 vehicles; Own or manage approximately 400,000 buildings; and Employ 1.8 million workers. The federal government also paid over …

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China and U.S. agree to cooperate to reduce powerful greenhouse gas
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Domestic Policies to Reduce the Near-Term Risks of Climate Change

Recent extreme weather events across the nation have sounded the alarm that climate change is happening here and now—it can no longer be dismissed as a long-term problem requiring only a long-term solution. Because of their relatively short atmospheric lifetimes …

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U.S. should act now to reduce short-lived pollutants damaging the climate
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U.S. law underscores need for global action on aviation emissions
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How information technologies advance federal sustainability
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Leading by Example: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals

As the nation’s largest landlord, fleet operator, and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has the opportunity, if not the responsibility, to lead by example in moving our country in a more sustainable direction. Recent initiatives across the …

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A Green Light for Regulating GHGs under the Clean Air Act
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Mobilizing Information and Communications Technology in Rio to Deliver Sustainable Energy for All
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Can ICAO Meet the Challenges of Responding to Climate Change?
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Federal Agencies Respond to Risks of Climate Change
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How U.S. Can Lead on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
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Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership

This report highlights the important role of the federal government in reducing the vulnerability and strengthening the resiliency of our economy and natural resources in the face of these changes. In addition to managing a significant amount of land and …

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Congressional Testimony of Stephen Seidel – The Federal Government’s Role in Building Resilience to Climate Change