Governing Net Zero
Kleinman Energy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
This live event is also available on Zoom.
If attending in person, you must present a Penn Green Pass to attend. Details will be emailed to you after registration.
“Net zero” has gone from a scientific concept to a demand of fringe activists, to a mainstream organizing principle for mitigation in record time. After COP26, at least 90% of the global economy is covered by some kind of net-zero pledge. But having reached the “end of the beginning” of net zero—a near-universal commitment to the destination climate science says we need to arrive at by the middle of the century—a more difficult phase emerges. A concept describing a global outcome must be operationalized for individual countries, regions, cities, sectors, and companies. Pledges must become binding pathways with sufficient short-term action to be credible.
The next phase of net zero therefore requires building political power to shift rules and institutions that drive change; it requires governance. Visiting Scholar Thomas Hale explores what might an effective governance system look like, including voluntary programs, UN-led orchestration campaigns, international standards, and national regulations.
Please note this is a hybrid event. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Kleinman Center’s Energy Forum. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, if you are joining in person you will be required to wear a mask and present a green PennOpen Pass (for members of the Penn community) or PennOpen Campus pass (for visitors) to attend. 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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Governing Net Zero