04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economy
At the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015, 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. To achieve the objectives of the Paris agreement, a complete decarbonisation of the energy sector is required.
There has been growing global awareness that renewable energy and energy efficiency are critical not only for addressing climate change, but also for creating new economic opportunities and for providing energy access to the billions of people still living without modern energy services.
In recent years, many countries have engaged in a trajectory of energy transition.
This seminar will provide an overview of various aspects of that global transition, from international decarbonisation pathways to technological opportunities and from political challenges to socio-economic implications.
Research Associate, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Executive Director, Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Program, Cambridge
|2002||Joint BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and Economics Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
|2003||MA in Economics, Stanford University, CA|
|2006||MA in Economy and Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
|2007||PhD in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
|Leader Writer Team, Peter Martin Fellow, Financial Times, London|
|2007-2008||Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, New York|
|2011-2012||Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York|
|2012-2016||Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York|
|2016||Adjunct Associate Professor, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University|
|2008-2013||Economist, Environmental Defense Fund New York, New York and Boston, MA|
|2013-2014||Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund New York, New York and Boston, MA|
|2014-2016||Lead Senior Economist, Environmental Defense Fund New York, New York and Boston, MA|
|since 2016||Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
Executive Secretary, REN21 - Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, Paris
|1992-1996||Master, International Economics; Applied Languages, Johannes Keppler University Linz|
|2001-2011||Secretary General, EREC - European Renewable Energy Council, Brussels|
|since 2011||Executive Secretary, REN2 - Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, Paris|
Director, Institute of Energy Research-5: Photovoltaics, Forschungszentrum Jülich; Professor, Faculty Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chair of Photovoltaics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen
|1980-1987||Studies, Phyics, University of Tübingen; Université de Lyon|
|1991||Ph.D., Phyics, University of Tübingen|
|1991-1994||Post-Doc, Max-Planck-Institute for Solid-State Research, Stuttgart|
|1994||Visiting Scientist, Sony Research Center, Yokohama|
|1995-1997||Scientific Group Leader, University Bayreuth|
|1997-2007||Scientific Group Leader, Institute of Physical Electronics, University of Stuttgart|
|2002||Habilitation, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg|
|since 2007||Director, Institute of Energy Research-5: Photovoltaics, Forschungszentrum Jülich|
|Full professor, Faculty Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, chair of photovoltaics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen|