A Deeper Look at Deep Decarbonization Pathways for the U.S. Ecomony

Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 12:00 pm

Abstract – Dr. Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will present the results of two recent studies that analyze pathways the US could follow in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The reports, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy (sponsored by Risky Business) and the United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization (the US official submission to the UNFCCC, Nov. 2017)  present a range of pathways that can achieve deep reductions in CO2 emissions between now and 2050. These pathways involve mixtures of: electrification of the economy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear power, and carbon capture and storage. Dr. Hausker will place these recent studies in the context of the findings of other relevant studies (e.g., by the Energy Modeling Forum and by Jacobson, Delucci, et al), and explore how assumptions regarding the availability, performance, and integration of various technologies drive the energy, environmental and economic implications of the modeled pathways. Implications for energy policy and R&D portfolios will be explored.

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