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Seminar - Open to the Public

Energy Policy Seminar: John Holdren on "Thawing Permafrost: A Local and Global Disaster"

Mon., Nov. 2, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join us for an Energy Policy Seminar featuring John Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at HKS. Professor Holdren will speak on "Thawing Permafrost: A Local and Global Disaster." The seminar will be hosted by HKS Professor Joe Aldy.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch via the EPSS homepage.

Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

    Shanghai at night

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Opportunities and Challenges in China's Carbon Market: From Model to Reality

    Thu., Dec. 5, 2019 | 3:45pm - 5:00pm

    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - Pierce Hall

    A Harvard-China Project Research Seminar with Cecilia Han Springer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources and Science, Technology and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. This event will be held in Pierce Hall, Room #100F.

    Sponsored by the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment; Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS); and the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Meenakshi Dewan, 20, brings something very special to her home in Orissa, India: electricity. She is one of four women in her village trained in solar power engineering.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The Energy Transition in India—Towards Climate Change Mitigation

    Tue., Feb. 19, 2019 | 10:15am - 12:00pm

    Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B


    • Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India
    • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi; India
    • Prof. Johannes Urpelainen, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
    • Mr. Ranjit Bharvirkar, Principal and India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project, Vermont

    Moderated by Professor John P. Holdren,  Co-Director,  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

    The seminar will begin with an introduction of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program and its focus on India's energy decarbonization and then each speaker will present for 15 minutes. This will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Prof. John P. Holdren.

    Coffee & Tea will be provided.

    Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Energy Policy Research

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Can Nuclear Energy Thrive in a Carbon-Constrained World?

    Fri., May 11, 2018 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

    Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno, TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    MIT has recently completed a multi-disciplinary study, to assess the prospects for new nuclear technologies, policies, business models, and regulatory governance to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the U.S. and around the world.  In this seminar, we will present a set of findings from the MIT study that are focused on (a) cost competitiveness of nuclear in various markets with and without carbon constraints, (b) technology innovations that could substantially reduce the capital cost of new nuclear plants, and (c) regulatory pathways to accelerate the deployment of advanced reactors.

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    A Nuclear Role in Decarbonization?

    Wed., Apr. 25, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

    Speaker: Michael Ford, French Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment.

    In this seminar, we will briefly examine the history of the U.S. Department of Energy in advanced nuclear research and development and propose an alternative path that is better suited to the market and technical realities of advanced nuclear concepts. We will also examine broader issues of institutional capacity that may impact the wider deployment of nuclear power to meet carbon mitigation goals.

    Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Reactors

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Can we break the link between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons?

    Wed., Mar. 28, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    One Brattle Square - Room 350

    Speaker: AMB Laura S. H. Holgate

    Advanced nuclear reactors offer enormous promise as carbon-free solutions for a range of energy and development challenges due to their potentially lower cost, flexibility, and enhanced safety. To meaningfully influence climate change, these reactors will need to be widely deployed, including in countries without extensive nuclear experience and in designs using novel fuel cycles. And policymakers, regulators, and civil society will need to have confidence that these reactors are designed not only with safety and cost in mind but also with due consideration to whether terrorists, insiders, or even governments can sabotage a facility or acquire or divert nuclear material that could be used for weapons. Meeting these challenges requires more than a slogan of “proliferation resistance” and relates to security- and safeguards-by-design as well as fuel cycle characteristics. Reactors that incorporate security- and safeguards-by-design could become more attractive exports, maximizing economic and national security benefits for the United States.

    JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Lessons from Iceland: A Nation Striving to Punch Above Its Weight in a Globalized World

    Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 | 4:00pm

    Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

    A public address by His Excellency Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. Moderated by John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (January 2009 – January 2017); Co-Director, Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    India and the NSG

    Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Speaker: Ji Yeon-jung, Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

    This seminar will examine India’s strategy, agenda setting, and coalition-building to gain membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as well as India’s broad efforts to build a reputation as a major stakeholder in the nuclear nonproliferation regime as a de facto nuclear weapons state. For the last two decades, India has been steadily working to gain international acceptance of its de facto nuclear status. Following the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, India concluded eleven civil nuclear agreements creating an unofficial forum for India’s bid for membership in the NSG. Although India’s setback to its NSG bid at the Vienna meeting in November 2016 highlighted the challenges that India must continue to address, Ji Yeon-jung will argue that the number of achievements and engagements that New Delhi addressed in the past few years explicitly demonstrates India’s transitional status in the changing global nuclear order.