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California Green Innovation Index goes global:
Golden State ranks top among countries worldwide

In advance of the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris this year, the California Green Innovation Index, for the first time, analyzes and ranks the Golden State’s economic and energy performance in comparison to the world’s 50 largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting nations.

As California considers intermediate (2030) targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this Next 10 study, authored by Professor David Roland-Holst at UC Berkeley, assesses the economic impacts of different policy approaches to reach the state’s long-term climate goals, finding that ambitious action sooner produces the biggest economic boost.

In "Clean Valley: San Joaquin Valley Leveraging Natural Resources to Grow the Clean Economy," Next 10 reports that the San Joaquin Valley is leveraging its agriculture and traditional energy expertise to develop a regional clean tech sector in a heavily agriculture-focused area.

In "Driving the Spotlight," Next 10 reports on how in both Los Angeles and Orange County, traditional anchor industries and a large population are driving the clean tech sector.

In "Living Lab" Next 10 reports on how San Diego's robust research and development community and Imperial County's abundance of land, energy, and labor are helping to grow the regional economy.

In "Bay to Market: Bay Area Innovations Leading Clean Technology Development," Next 10 reports that the local culture and progressive policies are driving the region's clean economy.

In "Power Town: California's Capital Region Mobilizing to Meet Growing Demand for Clean Technologies," Next 10 reports that Sacramento regional innovators are accelerating adoption of clean technologies.

As our state faces some of the most severe drought conditions in its history, Next 10 wants to issue a new challenge to Californians: can you create a plan to make sure there's enough water for everyone?

This year’s edition is the sixth California Green Innovation Index tracking economic indicators as the state implements policies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

KEY FINDINGS 

A new analysis of the last decade of investment in California’s clean technology sector shows that although venture capitalists remain key players, different types of investors are becoming ever more important to the growth of the sector.

Key findings from this report include:

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