Lecture Kleinman Center Event

Carbon Removal & Solar Geoengineering Through the Lens of Justice

Hybrid Event


Shuchi Talati
Scholar in Residence, American University


Mark Alan Hughes
Founding Faculty Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy


Kleinman Energy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This live event is also available on Zoom. 

Explore how carbon removal and solar geoengineering technologies might evolve while breaking away from unjust mechanisms.

Event Summary

Governance is defined as the structures, processes, and actions through which private and public actors interact to address societal goals. Good governance is deeply and directly tied to justice—a multifaceted concept that includes a complex set of principles. Decisionmakers must consider emerging climate intervention in the context of these principles to ensure equitable and responsible outcomes.

Carbon removal and solar geoengineering are extremely different but are tied to justice and governance in similar ways. In this presentation, Shuchi Talati delves into these two case studies—exploring how technologies might evolve while breaking away from unjust mechanisms. See what’s working and what’s not. Discover why a cross-sectoral effort is essential in addressing whether and how new technologies are built and where impacts are felt.

Please note this is a hybrid event. We look forward to welcoming guests to the Kleinman Center’s Energy Forum. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, masks are optional for all visitors. PennOpen Pass and PennOpen Campus screenings are no longer required for entry to our events. Further details for joining in-person or virtually will be emailed with your registration. Boxed lunches will be available to go following the event!

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Carbon Removal & Solar Geoengineering Through the Lens of Justice

Shuchi Talati


Shuchi Talati

Founder, The Alliance for Just DSG
Shuchi Talati is the founder of The Alliance for Just Deliberation on Solar Geoengineering and a 2022-2023 Kleinman Center visiting scholar. Recently, she served as a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Biden Administration.

Mark Alan Hughes

Faculty Co-Director
Mark Alan Hughes leads the Kleinman Center as faculty co-director and writes on topics ranging from deep decarbonization to the future of Philadelphia’s energy landscape. He is also a professor of practice at the Weitzman School.