For climate change, this is a time of urgency, big ideas, and hope. Human energy use accounts for three quarters of greenhouse gas emissions globally and an even higher share in the United States. Transitioning to a new “low carbon” and “climate resilient” energy system lies at the core of any response to climate change. This new system will need to sustain prosperity in many countries and lift many out of poverty around the world.
The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change, organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), will take place January 27-29, 2015. It will engage over 1,200 key individuals from diverse fields of science and engineering, government and policy, business, and civil society to develop solutions, partnerships, and initiatives.
A new energy “system”: includes a new “low carbon” and “climate resilient” energy infrastructure; new technologies and their relationship to economics, deployment, and jobs; smart grids and efficiency; changes in distribution of energy sources as a result of climate change; reframing utilities; low carbon transportation; carbon-based sources of energy such as unconventional oil and gas, regulating emissions, sequestration, and storage; and low/non-carbon sources of energy such as renewables and nuclear power
Energy, climate, and sustainable development: includes the nexus of climate, energy, and water; and energy access for all
Financing and markets: includes carbon markets and financing climate solutions
- Achieving progress: includes ideas for the Convention of the Parties (COP21), building public understanding, and roles for individuals and institutions