16 Events

Glasgow, Scotland, Climate Change Conference Venue

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Prospects for Article 6: COP-26 and Beyond

Mon., Nov. 1, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:15am

Online

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement provides opportunities for national governments and the private sector to cooperate internationally to address climate change. In particular, it provides two modalities for international market-based mechanisms. At COP-26 in Glasgow in November, the Parties to the Paris Agreement will attempt (once again) to write the specific rules for implementing Article 6. Speakers in this event — all experts on Article 6 and market mechanisms more generally — will examine the potential of Article 6 — and its prospects at COP-26 and beyond.

One of the presentations will be based in large part on a recently completed discussion paper for the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, which is available here.

Registration via Zoom is required. Click here to register for this event.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of China's National Carbon Market

Thu., July 22, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Valerie J. Karplus,  Associate Professor,  Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

China’s emissions trading system (ETS) for carbon dioxide will become operational in mid-2021. The system targets reductions in carbon intensity via a tradeable performance standard, initially in the power sector, with expected expansion to other industries. Plans to convert from a rate-based to a mass-based system are underway. The speaker will describe the trading system’s history, design, rules governing implementation, and anticipated developments over the next decade. The ETS is expected to support China’s goals of reaching peak CO2 emissions by 2030 and of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

Registration via Zoom is required. Click here to register for this event.

 Block Island Offshore Wind Farm, 30 June 2017

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Path Ahead for Climate Change Policy

Fri., Apr. 30, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund

HPCA Director Robert Stavins will engage Nat Keohane in conversation focusing on what comes next for climate policy both in the United States and abroad. 

 

JFK Jr Forum - Open to the Public

The Decisive Decade for Climate Action

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Online

Speaker: Christiana Figueres, Co-founder of Global Optimism.

Moderator: Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, HKS

Please join us on Earth Day 2021 when international leader on climate change and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres will deliver this year's  Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace.

Please register in advance for this event here.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Green India: Energy and Climate Change

Tue., Mar. 30, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Online

India is a vital player in global efforts to deploy clean energy and address climate change – while at the same time widening energy access and fostering economic growth. Expert speakers will consider India’s energy transition and approaches to climate-change policy – both domestically and in collaboration with the global community.

This event is organized and sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University; Harvard University Center for the Environment; Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; and the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. The Harvard Global Institute provided generous support for this event.

Solar Panels at HUDA City Center, Gurugram, India, 31 December 2015.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Future of Green India: Energy and Climate Change

Tue., Mar. 30, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:15am

Online

Moderator: Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program; Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS

India is a vital player in global efforts to deploy clean energy and address climate change — while at the same time widening energy access and fostering economic growth. Expert speakers will consider India's energy transition and approaches to climate change policy — both domestically and in collaboration with the global community.

Registration via Zoom is required. Click here to register for this event.

 BMW Hydrogen 7 (E68), taken in Berlin, with the Brandenburg Gate in the background, 4 June 2009.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The European Green Deal — Reform or Regulatory Tsunami?

Tue., Jan. 26, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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. 

Registration is required. Please click here to register in advance for this webinar.

Pine Tree Wind and Solar Farm is part of NREL's 100% Renewable Energy Study, 26 April 2018.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

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

Thu., Nov. 12, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Jason Bordoff, Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

This seminar will explore the implications of the U.S. presidential election for U.S. energy and climate-change policy. The speaker will explore, in particular, how various election outcomes might lead to quite different U.S. stances on climate-change and energy policy and will also discuss how the various scenarios for the United States might affect international policy and action on climate change.

Registration is required. Please click here to register in advance for this webinar.

Solar photovoltaic panels on the State Capitol Building, Carson City, Nevada, 5/22/2009.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Greening Economic Stimulus: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act

Mon., Oct. 19, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

SpeakerJoseph E. Aldy, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy, HKS

 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.

Registration is required. Please click here to register in advance for this webinar.

 Worker holding up a piece of coal in front of a coal-fired power plant in the Netherlands, 12 December 2019.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Why We Need More Than a Carbon Price

Tue., Sep. 8, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University

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.

Registration is required. Please click here to register in advance for this webinar.