Energy Transitions: The Critical Path
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- Rachel KyteCEOSustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
- Mark HughesFounding DirectorKleinman Center for Energy Policy
Energy transitions lie at the heart of the economic transformation needed to achieve zero net carbon emissions economies by mid-century—the new benchmark coming out of the IPCC 1.5-degree report released last October. What is the critical path that can decarbonize energy systems and at the same time ensure that no one is left behind? How can we meet the needs of those today who have no access to energy or have unreliable or unaffordable energy? Can inclusive, affordable, and clean energy be realized in time? What are the levers and inflection points in policy and finance that can speed up and scale up transitions? What type of leadership is needed in the public and private sectors?
In this lecture, Rachel Kyte explores the critical path and leadership challenges now and ahead. Looking internationally, we examine what is needed from the international organizations that traditionally coordinate, lead, and build consensus. As we move from urgency to emergency, here are insights into how we turn ambition into action.
Speaker: Rachel Kyte
Rachel Kyte is chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and co-chair of UN-Energy. She is a leading advocate for sustainable development and drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. As SRSG, she is the UN point person for the global goal on sustainable energy.
Until December 2015 Rachel Kyte served as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading integration of climate across the Bank Group’s work as well as support for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services. A recipient of numerous awards for leadership for climate action and sustainable development, she is a professor of practice in sustainable development at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Moderator: Mark Hughes
Mark Alan Hughes is a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. He is also a faculty fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, a senior fellow of the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and a distinguished scholar in residence at Penn’s Fox Leadership Program. Hughes joined the standing faculty of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1986 at the age of 25 and joined the Penn faculty in 1999. He has published in the leading journals of economic geography, urban economics, political science, policy analysis, and won the National Planning Award for his research in city and regional planning.
He was chief policy adviser to Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the founding director of sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, where he led the creation of the Greenworks Plan. He has designed and fielded national policy research projects in a variety of areas including the Bridges to Work program in transportation, the Transitional Work Corporation in job training and placement, the Campaign for Working Families in EITC participation, and the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub in regional economic development. This work has been funded by H.U.D., H.H.S., D.O.E., Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, Casey, WmPenn, and others.
Hughes earned a Ph.D. in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.