Previous YCEI Annual Conferences
The immense challenge of satisfying skyrocketing energy demand without contributing to climate change is earning nuclear energy a second look. The Robert Stone documentary “Pandora’s Promise,” (shown on the eve of the conference), documents the intellectual journeys of self-described environmentalists as they reconsider the technology.
In light of a new proposed international agreement that would sharply reduce Iran’s bomb-making potential and convert existing facilities for research, we are happy to add Matthew Crozat, a Program Analyst for the Office of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy to share his perspective on the accord with Iran and its implications the future of nuclear energy.
Complete details on the conference website, here.
YCEI’s fifth annual conference took a critical look at the world of energy in 2030. Jumping off from current projections, a distinguished international group of experts from industry, government, universities and NGOs examined key countries, sectors, technologies and policies that may disrupt conventional views and dramatically change the world of energy within the next 15 years.
This year’s conference honored Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and first director of YCEI, who closed the event with an address on energy scenarios and climate impacts from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Karen Seto, Coordinating Lead Author on the Working Group III’s new chapter on urbanization, made a short presentation prior to introducing him.
Niel Golightlly (Shell Oil), David Lawrence (Stone Energy), Daniel Esty (Yale), Zhang Xiliang (Tsingua University) Karen Hussey (Australian National University), Luke Tonachel (NRDC), Stéphane Dion (Canadian Parliament), Richard Lester (MIT) Susan E-H Steward (Soltage), Nebojsa Nakicenovic, (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) and Holmes Hummel (formerly Department of Energy).
Photos of the event are available for download in our Photo Gallery.
Coverage of the event by the New Haven Register’s Jim Shelton is here.
Public discussions of climate change often focus on greenhouse gases and rising temperatures, but the most severe and immediate societal impacts of global warming are likely to be associated with changing hydrological conditions. Disruptions in water supply, extreme storms and record droughts may impact every aspect of rural and urban society: from agriculture and manufacturing to housing, energy and human health. Planning and adapting to large shifts in Earth’s water resources will require better climate and weather forecasting, as well as technological advances in engineering and biology. Forward-thinking public officials will have to invest in far-reaching strategies. As hurricanes Sandy and Katrina revealed, coastal cities are poorly prepared for sustained increases in storm intensity and sea level. Weathering the coming changes will require public and private commitment to mitigation and adaptation, along with strong international cooperation as shifting water resources press against food supplies and national security.
Water: The Looming Crises, the 4th Annual Conference sponsored by Yale Climate & Energy Institute, focused on the science of predicting the effects of climate change on global hydrology and on how industry, government, and NGOs are planning for dealing with all aspects of water in a warmer world. Discussion and analysis was framed by leading experts in science, industry, policy, and government.
Featured speakers included:
Kerry Emanuel (MIT), Gavin Schmidt, (NASA), Jay Gulledge, (Oak Ridge National Lab Climate Science), Farhana Sultana, (Syracuse University), Torgny Holmgren, (Stockholm International Water Institute)
- Anticipating and Adapting to Water Extremes Today
- Understanding and Planning for Future Water Needs
The 2012 conference explored how animal species mediate carbon exchange and feedbacks between land, water and the atmosphere. This focus arose because the role of higher species is not currently well conceptualized or included in regional carbon budgets. The conference included a plenary talk, a day of talks and a day of discussion/workshop. The findings of the meeting were published in the journal Ecosystems
Pete Raymond and Os Schmitz (co-organizers)
IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri provided a context for the 2011 annual conference.
The 2011 Annual Conference of the Yale Climate & Energy Institute was held on April 9th, jointly with the Yale Alumni in Energy Conference, on the theme Technology Innovations For a Secure Energy Future. The YCEI’s second annual conference focused on some of the scientific advancements in clean energy production, and the obstacles hindering the transition to a post-fossil fuel economy. The event’s discussion and analysis of our clean energy future will be framed by leading experts in climate, finance, policy, and science.
The 2010 Annual Conference of the Yale Climate & Energy Institute was held on April 23 and 24th, the weekend after the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. The conference them was Clean Energy Innovation: Overcoming Barriers to a New Energy System. At the conference, leaders in science, policy, and finance together with Yale faculty, students, alumni and guests convened to discuss these obstacles to clean energy innovation and proposed innovative solutions to overcome them.
Featured Speakers included: Richard Levin (Yale University President), Gina McCarthy (EPA), Yale Climate and Energy Institute, Rajendra Pachauri (YCEI/IPCC), Matt Rogers (U.S. Department of Energy), Daniel Sperling (U.C. Davis), Dan Reicher (Google), George Pataki, (Former Governor of New York), John DeStefan (Mayor of New Haven), Lise Dondy (Connecticut Clean Energy Fund), Bill McKinnon (Northeast Utilities), Heidi (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), Judy Chang, The Brattle Group), Kevin Rennert, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee), Richard Kauffman (Good Energies), Daniel Gross (Hudson Clean Energy Partners), Scott Kleeb (Energy Pioneer Solutions), Reed Hundt (Coalition for Green Capital)
More information can be found at the conference website http://www.yale.edu/ycei/annualconference2010/