7 Events

 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.

A small PV array used as part of Energy Systems Integration research ongoing at the National Wind Technology Center, 29 October 2019.  A wind turbine stands in the distance.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

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

Wed., Aug. 19, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Rachel Kyte, Dean, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rachel Kyte will discuss 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.

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

Wind turbines on Vihreäsaari island in Oulu, 4 April 2012. In 1990, Finland became the first European country to enact carbon taxes.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Macroeconomic Impact of Europe's Carbon Taxes

Thu., July 16, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:15pm

Online

Speaker: James H. Stock, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University

Policymakers often express concern about the impact of carbon taxes on employment and GDP. Focusing on European countries that have implemented carbon taxes over the past thirty years, the speaker estimates the macroeconomic impacts of these taxes on GDP and employment growth rates for various specifications and samples. His point estimates suggest a zero to modest positive impact on GDP and total employment growth rates. More importantly, he finds no robust evidence of a negative effect of the tax on employment or GDP growth.

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Wind farm near Pfaffroda (Dörnthal district) in Saxony, Germany.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Europe's Green Recovery

Thu., July 9, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Online

Speaker: Mauro Petriccione, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission

Mauro Petriccione will discuss approaches to ensuring that Europe’s economic-recovery packages advance a green agenda — reduced greenhouse-gas emissions, reduced air and water pollution, and long-term sustainable development on the basis of a circular economy.

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Oil Drilling Rig

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The Geopolitics of the Global Upheaval in Oil Markets

Wed., June 3, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Online

Speaker: Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, Geopolitics of Energy Project

Professor O'Sullivan will discuss the dual impacts on global oil markets of price competition — and the demand shock associated with the COVID-19 crisis — in the inaugural session of Conversations.

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

Wind Farm on Ngong Hill, Kenya, 15 June 2016

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Action on Climate Change: The Sustainable Growth Story of the 21st Century

Tue., Oct. 15, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

24 Oxford Street - Geological Lecture Hall, Room 100

Speaker: Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government; Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics

Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Development and the Harvard University Center for the Environment