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Building the Evidence Base for Accelerated Climate Action

Energy & Environment Conference   |  past event  |  Sep 13 2018

Recent threats to the Paris Climate Accord have added new urgency to global efforts to address climate change. Stronger coordination between the policy and research communities is urgently needed to promote economic development while minimizing further damage to the environment. “Building the Evidence Base for Accelerated Climate Action” will address important questions facing energy systems around the world, offer new evidence on the benefits of climate mitigation strategies, and discuss how to make progress in a world where not all governments are committed to act. A distinguished panel of experts will offer perspectives on the scale and urgency of the challenge as well as opportunities for policymakers and other key stakeholders to have positive impact.

About the hosts:

UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Energy Institute at Haas are key research partners for leading governmental and philanthropic organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and California’s state government. CEGA’s network of over 80 faculty researchers rigorously assesses the impacts of social and economic development programs. The Energy Institute brings together research and curricular programs on energy business, policy, and technology commercialization. Its research on climate change has been published in leading scientific journals, including Science and Nature, and featured in The New York Times and as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public.


2:30 pm – Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Brigitte Dumont, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange
  • Philippe Tuzzolino, VP of Environmental affairs, Orange
  • Andrew Campbell, Executive Director, Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley
2:50 pm – Scope for Global, National, and Sub-National Action
  • Max Auffhammer (Moderator), Professor of International Sustainable Development, UC Berkeley
  • Severin Borenstein, Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas
  • Meredith Fowlie, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
4:00 pm – Joint Keynote: the Imperative and Opportunities for Accelerated Climate Action
  • Nathan Hultman (Moderator), Director of the Center for Global Sustainability and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics; President of the British Academy Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change
  • Todd Stern, Senior Fellow, Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, Brookings Institution
4:30 pm – Motivating Governments to Act
  • Max Auffhammer (Moderator), Professor of International Sustainable Development, UC Berkeley
  • Marshall Burke, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science, Stanford
  • Catherine Wolfram, Professor of Business Administration, UC Berkeley
5:20 pm – Closing Remarks
  • Nathan Hultman, Director of the Center for Global Sustainability and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution










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Marshall Burke
Stanford University
Meredith Fowlie
UC Berkeley
Catherine Wolfram
UC Berkeley
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