6 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Issues in Sustainable Energy Development of India

Tue., Nov. 25, 2008 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This presentation is based on the speaker's analysis of the implications of India's call for energy-intensive growth for removing poverty and inequity in respect of the twin challenges of environmental sustainability and energy security in India.

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

Equity and Climate Policy: An Allocation Method Based on Individual Emissions

Tue., Oct. 7, 2008 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The speakers will present a new framework for allocation of a global carbon reduction target among nations, in which "common but differentiated responsibilities" refers to the emissions of individuals, rather than of nations.  Their scheme is designed to blend parsimony, fairness, and pragmatism - one rule for everyone. All those with the same emissions are treated equally, wherever they live. "High emitters" are defined as those whose emissions exceed a universal individual emissions cap, which is derived transparently from a global emissions target. National targets are derived by summing the excess emissions of all "high emitter" individuals in a country. Nations are free to determine the policies they need to meet these targets, but policies that pursue emissions reduction across a wide swath of a country's economy is preferable to those that address only the emissions of the country's high emitters.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Emerging Energy Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation: Comparative State-level Media Analysis

Tue., May 13, 2008 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This research explores state-level variation in perceptions of and discourse on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and wind technology. The results are based primarily on comparative media analysis of state-level newspapers. The news media plays an important role in developing the public's perceptions of risks and benefits of emerging technologies because the media plays an interpretive function linking technical assessments of experts to the psychological assessments of laypersons. Different state-level perceptions of and discourse on risks and benefits of emerging energy technologies are likely contributing to energy technology deployment decisions.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Coal Assessment and Extraction in India: Issues and Prospects

Tue., Apr. 29, 2008 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Chikkatur will outline the status of coal resource assessment and extraction in India, and will then discuss key issues that need to be addressed in order to ensure sustainable development of the coal and coal power sectors in India.  He will also highlight policy options derived from a series of workshops in India.

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An Economic Assessment of Deploying Advanced Coal Power Technologies in China

World Bank

Seminar - Open to the Public

An Economic Assessment of Deploying Advanced Coal Power Technologies in China

Tue., Feb. 19, 2008 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Zhao will present her analysis of the thermodynamic efficiency, environmental performance, and differences in capital cost and overall cost of electricity for a variety of advanced coal power technologies in the Chinese context. She will specifically discuss the economic gaps between IGCC and other advanced coal power technologies and compare twelve different power plant configurations using advanced coal power technologies.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Rise of Market Mechanisms in Global Climate Politics: Examining the Political Role of American and European Companies

Tue., Nov. 20, 2007 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Since the creation of the Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas emissions trading has found strong and vocal advocates across the globe, including in the United States. Focusing on the role of business-NGO coalitions, it will be examined why emissions trading has come to be the preferred policy choice for tackling climate change.