Nathaniel Keohane

Nathaniel Keohane

Friday, April 30, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am (U.S./Canadian Eastern Daylight Time)

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A transcript of this webinar is available here.

Nathaniel Keohane

The Path Ahead for Climate Change Policy

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements will host Nat Keohane, Senior Vice President for Climate at the Environmental Defense Fund. HPCA Director, Rob Stavins, will engage Nat in conversation focusing on the topic, "The Path Ahead for Climate Change Policy" where they will discuss what comes next for climate policy both in the United States and abroad. This webinar is a part of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements: Conversations on Climate Change and Energy Policy series.


Ottmar Edenhofer

Ottmar Edenhofer

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am (U.S./Canadian Eastern Daylight Time)

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A transcript of this webinar is available here.

Ottmar Edenhofer

The European Green Deal — Reform or Regulatory Tsunami?

Ottmar Edenhofer, Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will lead a discussion, “The European Green Deal — Reform or Regulatory Tsunami?” in the next episode of “Conversations on Climate Change and Energy Policy: A Virtual Forum from the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.” He will address the implications of the European Green Deal for Germany, in particular. Edenhofer is also Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin.


Jason Bordoff

Jason Bordoff

Thursday, November 12, 2020

9:00 - 10:00 am (U.S./Canadian Eastern Daylight Time)

Jason Bordoff

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A transcript of this webinar is available here.

"What's Next for Energy & Climate-Change Policy in the Wake of the U.S. Election?"

Jason Bordoff, Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, will discuss with Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, the implications of the U.S. presidential election for U.S. energy and climate-change policy. Professor Bordoff will explore, in particular, how various election outcomes might lead to quite different U.S. stances on climate-change and energy policy. Bordoff and Stavins will also discuss how the various scenarios for the United States might affect international policy and action on climate change.


Joseph Aldy

Joseph E.  Aldy

Monday, October 19, 2020

9:00 - 10:00 am (U.S./Canadian Eastern Daylight Time)

Joseph E. Aldy

"Greening Economic Stimulus: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act"

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A transcript of his webinar is available here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated an economic crisis in the United States and around the world. Once the public health risk is managed, the U.S. economy will likely face its highest unemployment rate and largest shortfall of economic activity since the Great Depression. Other economies across the world are likewise suffering through significant economic contractions that necessitate economic recovery programs. Environmental stakeholders, the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the International Energy Agency, and major politicians have called for the greening of future economic stimulus so that it simultaneously promotes job creation and addresses the climate crisis. Drawing from the lessons learned from the unprecedented U.S. spending on clean energy in the 2009 Recovery Act — from first-hand experience negotiating these provisions with Congress as a member of President Obama’s transition team, overseeing their implementation in practice at the White House, and conducting and synthesizing academic research on their performance — Joseph Aldy will explore the potential design of and prospects for climate-oriented economic stimulus.


Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 am

Joseph E. Stiglitz

"Why We Need More Than a Carbon Price"

  A recording of this webinar is available here.

 A transcript of this webinar is available here.

Although nearly all economists consider a carbon-pricing policy — either in the form of a carbon tax or a carbon emissions trading system — to be necessary to accomplish ambitious CO2 emissions reductions in large, complex economies, most such economists would also recognize such a carbon-pricing policy will not be sufficient. This is partly because of other market failures that get in the way of price signals, such as principal-agent problems and information spillovers of the results of research and development activities. Beyond this, there are significant political impediments to implementing carbon pricing in many jurisdictions. Professor Stiglitz will talk about this and much more in a conversation with Harvard Professor Robert Stavins.


Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 am

Rachel Kyte

"Using the Pandemic Recovery to Spur the Clean Transition —
Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls"

A recording of this webinar is available here.

The slide deck from the webinar is available here.

Rachel Kyte discussed a potential green recovery from the pandemic — how recovery efforts might be leveraged to accelerate the transition to a clean and sustainable energy system — in the United States and globally. She is the Dean of The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and she has held senior positions in the World Bank and United Nations dealing with climate change and sustainability.


Jacob Werksman

Jacob Werksman

Thursday, July 9, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 am

Jacob Werksman

“European Green Deal, Green Recovery, and Its External Dimensions”

A recording of this webinar is available here.

A news article about this webinar is available here.

In an online conversation, Jacob Werksman and Robert Stavins discussed legal dimensions of the Paris Agreement process and the impact of the withdrawal of the United States from the Agreement, as well as Europe’s Green Deal. Werksman is Principal Adviser for International Aspects of EU Climate Policy to the Director General of DG Climate Action in the European Commission. Mr. Werksman’s biography is here. (Director General Mauro Petriccione had been scheduled to join Professor Stavins in this webinar but was called away for urgent business.)


Meghan O'Sullivan

Meghan O'Sullivan

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
10:00 – 11:00 am

Meghan O’Sullivan

“The Geopolitics of the Global Upheaval in Oil Markets”

A recording of this webinar is available here.

Meghan O’Sullivan is Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the chair of the North American Group of the Trilateral Commission. Her third book, Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America’s Power, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2017.