When Climate and Energy Collide – Planning for a Carbon Neutral Future as the Climate Changes
Recent extreme weather events have exposed the vulnerability of our electric grid to a changing climate, while underscoring the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. Deep decarbonization scenarios paint a vivid picture of what is needed to transition the U.S. economy to a clean energy, carbon-neutral future. Energy efficiency, electrification of transportation and buildings, low-carbon fuels, clean electricity, plus carbon dioxide removal and sequestration, are all needed at massive scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.
How can we plan for, and execute on, this energy transition as climate change continues to accelerate over this same period? Where are our blind spots in planning for this clean energy transition, and how could climate science better inform these efforts? This lecture by Amber Mahone, a partner at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3), is followed by an interactive Q&A session.