Annual Conference Videos

YCEI holds an Annual Conference every spring. Conference themes are selected and organized by Faculty and members of the Yale Climate and Energy Student Congress.

2014 YCEI Annual Conference: EnergyFuture 2030

Nebobjsa Nakocenovic (“Naki”) presents a scenario from The Global Energy Assessment, wherein over 300 experts from around the world collaborated to develop multiple visions of how the world can meet a zero-emissions goal in 50 years.  Looking back over two centuries of technology development, that is the time frame you have to observe, he says...

YCEI Director Mark Pagani introduces the conference keynote speaker, Niel Golightly, VP of External Affairs for Shell Americas.  Golightly discusses his company’s “New Lens” Scenarios, the latest version of their semi-annual analysis of the energy business environment that they have produced as a planning tool for the past 40 years.  “...

“Without nuclear, we’re probably cooked,” suggests Professor Richard Lester of MIT regarding the prospects of achieving CO2 emissions reductions needed to limit average global surface temperature rise to three degrees, not even the two degrees generally discussed.  Thankfully, he adds, we appear to be on the cusp of a new age of...

Karen Hussey is Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) where she undertakes research on policies, institutions and governance for sustainable development. She leads several projects assessing the effectiveness of Australian laws and policies for supporting adaptation to...

When it comes to accepting the reality of climate change, said YCEI Executive Director Michael Oristaglio by way of introducing Dan Kahan, the keynote speaker at the pre-conference dinner, “We often ask, why do so many people not get it?”  Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, and...

YCEI Director Mark Pagani introduces Panel Moderator and new YCEI Advisory Board Chair Dave Lawrence who introduces the morning panel and its first speaker Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Law and former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and the Environment.  (DEEP).

Professor Esty discusses how states are stepping up...

Industrialization, urbanization and modernization are the three major drivers responsible for China’s soaring energy needs, says Professor Zhang Xiliang of Beijing’s Tsinhua University.  Not only is China the world’s largest emitter of CO2, they are responsible for 60% of last year’s global increase in...

YCEI’s 5th Annual Conference honored founding director IPCC Chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri.  Dr. Pachauri reviewed his tenure at the helm of the YCEI in a presentation that concluded the conference.  Yale President Peter Salovey made a surprise appearance to thank Dr. Pachauri for his continuing service to the YCEI, presenting him with a...

Luke Tonachel, the National Resource Defense Council’s Senior Vehicles Analyst in their Energy and Transportation Program. His focus at NRDC has been on reducing the environmental impacts of the world’s transportation demands by adopting policies that develop and commercialize cleaner, more efficient vehicles and non-petroleum fuels...

2013 YCEI Annual Conference: Water: The Looming Crises

Matthew Huber (Purdue Climate Change Research Center), moderates a panel discussion that includes Robert DeConto, (Dept. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherstj), Klaus Jacob, (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University), Kathleen...

Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist with the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences of MIT, discusses the interaction of atmospheric circulation and convection with tropical cyclones (hurricanes), and the implications of climate change.

Torgny Holmgren is executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute, a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards water wise policy and sustainable development. Before joining SIWI, he was Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Department for Development...

Farhana Sultana is associate professor of geography at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She has worked on a wide range of environmental issues around the world in many different roles, including as a programme officer in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she was responsible for a large environmental...

David Cassuto, from Pace University is moderator for a panel discussion including Professor Julie Zimmerman, Yale, Ben Grumbles, President of the U.S. Water Alliance, David Westman, Con Edison, Robert Goldstein, U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

“You can price the dam, but how do you price the drought?” William DiCroce, CEO of Veolia Energy North America, gave the dinner keynote address at the YCEI 2013 Annual Conference, Water: The Looming Crisis. Drawing on his experience as a nuclear engineer and head of one of the world’s leading utility service...