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Symposium: Energy for a Carbon-Constrained World

Date: April 3, 2017

Time: 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Maeder Hall, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

“Symposium: Energy for a Carbon-Constrained World” will be held on April 3 in honor of Robert H. Williams, senior research scientist and head of the Energy Systems Analysis Group at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, on the occasion of his retirement from Princeton. The event is sponsored by the Andlinger Center, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Download full symposium program booklet here.

The event was free and open to the public.


7:45 a.m. Continental breakfast

8:15 a.m. Welcome and introductions

  • Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
  • Eric D. Larson, Senior Research Engineer, Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

8:30 a.m. Carbon mitigation in the context of sustainable development

  • Thomas B. Johansson, Professor Emeritus, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

8:55 a.m. The past, present, and future of energy efficiency

  • Howard Geller, Executive Director, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Boulder, Colorado

9:20 a.m. The future of renewable energy: challenges and opportunities

  • Sam Baldwin, Chief Science Officer, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington D.C.

9:45 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. Fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world

  •  Michael Celia, Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director for the Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Princeton University
  •  Stefano Consonni, Professor of Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  •  Vello Kuuskraa, President of Advanced Resources International, Inc., Arlington, Virginia

11:25 a.m. Nuclear power: trapped in a safety quagmire

  •  Frank von Hippel, Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus and Senior Research Physicist, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

11:50 a.m. Lunch (registration required)

1:20 p.m. Charting a transition to sustainable transportation

  •  Joan Ogden, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathway Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

1:45 p.m. Overcoming commercial challenges for deployment of large-scale low-carbon energy systems

  •  Chris Greig, Professor and Director of the UQ Energy Initiative and the Dow Center for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia

2:05 p.m. Grid integration of intermittent renewables and CO2 capture and storage

  •  Wim Turkenburg, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and Society, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  •  Robert H. Williams, Senior Research Scientist, Energy Systems Analysis Group, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

2:55 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Panel discussion: Are U.S. policy advances to mitigate climate change possible in the Trump era?

  • Robert H. Socolow, Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (chair)
  • John Holdren, Professor, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and former Science Advisor to the President of the United States
  • Brad Crabtree, Vice President, Fossil Energy, Great Plains Institute
  • Richard Duke, former Special Assistant to the President of the United States
  • Jose Goldemberg, President, Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (in absentia)
  • David Hawkins, Director, Climate Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Professor of the Economics of Climate Change, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
  • Henry Kelly, Senior Scientist, Michigan Institute for Data Science, University of Michigan

5:30 p.m. Close