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Energy Resources and Environment Events

Globalization, Climate Change, and Cleantech Supply Chains in the Age of COVID-19 with Prof. Jonas Nahm

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global supply chains, as countries around the world have shut their borders and economies have screeched to a halt. Few industries are more globalized than the clean energy sectors that we urgently need to combat climate change, and few rely more strongly on China. China currently makes nearly half of the world’s wind turbines, more than two thirds of solar panels, and...

Launch of Report on Decision-Making on Belt and Road Projects: What Role for Sustainability?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chinese overseas investment associated with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has predominantly flowed into fossil fuels and other forms of high-carbon infrastructure across the developing countries. While a growing number of voluntary standards and networks seek to “green” the BRI, it is not yet clear how these will influence the decisions and incentives of key actors in China and recipient countries developing BRI-related projects. A new report from ISEP...

Effective Policy Responses to Global Crises: Historical Lessons From Energy Shocks with Michaël Aklin

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Countries regularly face difficult and yet unanticipated crises, such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. How can governments respond to them effectively? In this webinar, we will explore historical cases of energy shocks, from the 1973 oil crisis to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, to understand how governments respond and when they are likely to succeed in mitigating the crisis. Drawing on these lessons, we will discuss the long-term impacts of...

A Just Transition for a Post-Coronavirus World: Promoting Livelihoods and Job Security with Brian Blakenship

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The COVID-19 coronavirus has led to a crisis not only of public health but also of unemployment, both due to its direct health effects on workers and to the indirect effects of efforts to contain the virus through social distancing. This has created a need for public policies designed to cushion the effect of the crisis on workers, both through direct transfers as well as through policies targeted toward propping...