Please join the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute, presenting a virtual seminar titled Pathways to Resilient Energy Infrastructures for a Net Zero World on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am (MT).
According to the recent IPCC report, the earth is warming much faster than expected. Also, the frequency, scope and severity of extreme weather events all point to more disasters with dire consequences for societies in both developed and developing countries. Around the world more citizens are realizing and demanding immediate actions to address climate change. Political and business leaders, NGOs, investors, development agencies and representatives from diverse stakeholder groups will gather at COP 26 in Glasgow to reaffirm commitments and actions to reach net zero by 2050. A centerpiece to the climate solution are the energy infrastructures around the world. How to transition current global energy systems to be resilient in a net zero future? What factors shape the pathways to resilience? How to rethink and redesign energy infrastructure? How to evaluate the positive externalities of infrastructure? In this seminar we will hear from award winning global thought leader and practitioner Dr. Lawrence Jones covering these questions. He will also discuss the need for hybrid regulatory, business and analytical frameworks, as well as why long-term thinking is the requisite mindset when infrastructure investment.
Dr. Lawrence E. Jones is Vice President, International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute; a Senior Associate (non-Resident) with the Energy and Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; a Senior Fellow at Boston University Institute of Sustainable Energy; an Honorary Industry Fellow at Monash Energy Institute, Monash University, Australia. He is the Editor of “Renewable Energy Integration – Managing Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility”.