hile a global climate deal must remain apriority for world leaders, a clean-techrevolution is already underway throughbottom-up action at sub-national level.Last December the Copenhagen Accord broke newground in stimulating co-operative internationalclimate action. The past 11 months, however, havedemonstrated that sealing a fair and effective globaldeal remains a major political and diplomaticchallenge. Yet global cooperation is vital if we are toachieve the scale and speed of action necessary forcutting emissions. The climate science remains soundand underpins this need for action. It tells us that weneed to act now, not in five or ten year's time. A global deal must therefore remain a priority for worldleaders. But we also need to be pragmatic. While manyof us had hoped that Cancun would complete whatCopenhagen started, it now seems likely that COP16will be a stepping stone to a global deal rather than thefinal destination. Given this disconnect between theurgency of the climate science and the pace of climatepolitics, we need to look beyond global top-downsolutions and kick start the clean revolution now. The good news is that much is already underway. Lastyear,for example, saw a sea change in global energyproduction, with 47 per cent of new energy capacityfrom renewable sources. China led this change, butIndia also has its eyes on the renewable energy prize.By 2020, India's solar energy mission is projected todeliver 20GW in clean power - enough to power 200million Indian homes. Shifts in consumer andinvestment behaviour are also underway. In the US,LED lights went from relative obscurity to a bestsellerat Home Depot. Globally, clean-tech became theleading venture capital investment in 2009. Thesechanges are just the start. By 2020, HSBC estimatesthat the global market for low-carbon energy andefficiency projects will triple to US$2.2 trillion. Much of this change is happening at the regional, stateand city level, and led by smart companies thatrecognise the huge opportunities presented by the low-carbon revolution. In many ways, this is hardlysurprising. While national governments are rightlyconcerned with the big picture issues of internationalnegotiations, it is subnational and city governmentsthat are at the sharp end of climate impacts andaction. Concerns about adequacy of flood defenses, orhow to de-carbonise public transport in the face ofgrowing oil prices, focuses minds far quicker thannegotiations over national emission reductions. This onthe ground action can only be a good thing. Not only does it provide concrete benefits for localcommunities and economies, but it also helps build grass-roots support for broader and more ambitious climateaction at the national and international level. Given thesize of the problem that we face, this is essential. The challenge for government and business leaders isembedding and scaling up this clean revolution. Thismeans making strategic interventions to enableemerging low-carbon technologies to move into themainstream within the decade. These are technologiesthat are technically proven and offer a high mitigationpotential but are not yet commercially deployed. AtThe Climate Group, our focus is on electric vehicles,ICT enabled energy efficiency solutions, carboncapture and storage, LED lighting and concentratedsolar power. We are working with our government andcorporate partners on fast-start deployment, thedevelopment of standards and policy, global trials incommercialising new technologies, the developmentof innovative finance packages, and awareness-raising. KICK-STARTING THE CLEAN REVOLUTIONINNOVATION 056TECHNOLOGYWSTEVE HOWARD, CEO, THE CLIMATE GROUPCredit © European Union, 2010""AT THE HEARTOF THESE CLEAN-TECH INITIATIVESIS THE SIMPLEIDEA THAT CHANGE HAPPENS- AND HAPPENSQUICKLY - WHEN GOVERNMENTS,BUSINESSES ANDCOMMUNITIES CAN SEE AND UNDERSTAND ITSBENEFITS ?