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

A video accompanying the Shell Scenarios makes reference to a sobering projection: the world is effectively adding a new city of a million people every week and will continue to do so for much of the 21st century. The growth will occur mostly in Asia, and could add as many as four billion people to a world struggling to balance growing demands for...
Why do people believe what they believe?   Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, and director of Yale's Cultural Cognition Project, explores that question in the dinner keynote delivered the evening prior to the YCEI 5th Annual Conference. Cultural cognition holds that...
YCEI Director Mark Pagani introduces the conference keynote speaker, Niel Golightly, VP External Affairs for Shell Americas.  Golightly discusses his company's "New Lens" Scenarios, the latest version of a semi-annual analysis of the energy business environment that they have produced as a planning tool for the past 40 years....
YCEI Director Mark Pagani introduces Panel Moderator and new YCEI Advisory Board Chair Dave Lawrence who mediates 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.  China the world's largest emitter of CO2 responsible for 60% of last year's global increase in emissions.  With steady investment in non...
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...
Luke Tonachel is the Natural Resource Defense Council's Senior Vehicles Analyst in their Energy and Transportation Program. His focus at the 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....
Canadian Parliament’s Honorable Stephané Dion frames the afternoon presentations for YCEI’s Fifth Annual Conference by summarizing the stark and constantly growing challenge of reducing CO2 emissions even as energy demand grows.   The first presenter is Holmes Hummel, a protege of panelists Zhang Xiliang and Dr....
Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, Nebojsa Nakicenovic ("Naki") presents a scenario from The Global Energy Assessment, wherein over 300 experts from around the world collaborated to develop...
Professor Richard Lester, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes we are on the cusp of a new age of innovation in nuclear technology.  Innovations in nuclear governance are also needed, he suggests, along with innovations in education and training.  More generally...
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, thanking Dr. Pachauri for his continuing service to the YCEI, presenting him...

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 White, (US Army Corps of Engineers), Piet Dircke, (Rotterdam...
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 Policy,...
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 management...
“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 providers, Mr. DiCroce...