77 Events

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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.

    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

    Turkey’s Energy Future: What Role for Nuclear Power?

    Tue., Nov. 12, 2013 | 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Memduh Karakullukçu is the Vice-Chairman and President of the Global Relations Forum and the Founding Partner of the online legal informatics enterprise, kanunum.com. He will present a joint MTA/ENRP seminar titled "Turkey’s Energy Future: What Role for Nuclear Power?"

    Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.


    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Regulating the Brazilian Power Sector

    Mon., Apr. 23, 2012 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Jerson Kelman, Former Director of Brazil’s National Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) speaks at the ETIP/Consortium for Energy Policy Research energy policy seminar series.