Discussion Kleinman Center Event

How to Build a Net-Zero America


Jesse Jenkins
Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Eric Larson
Senior Research Engineer, Energy Systems Analysis Group, Princeton University


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

Virtual event

Two researchers from Princeton University, Jesse Jenkins and Eric Larson, join the Kleinman Center for a discussion of affordable paths to a carbon-neutral U.S. economy by 2050.

Event Summary

A Princeton research study released last month provides a blueprint for the wholesale transformation of America’s energy system to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions over thirty years. Net-Zero America: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure and Impacts has immediate and practical implications for government and energy decision makers in the fight against climate change.

The study provides unprecedented detail about what needs to be built, when and where across key sectors and on a fine geographical scale. It also provides robust modeling of costs, changes in employment, implications for incumbent industries, and impacts on air pollution and public health.

Two of the report’s authors, Jesse Jenkins and Eric Larson, outline affordable paths to a carbon-neutral future.

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Net-Zero America: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure, and Impacts


Jesse Jenkins

Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Jesse Jenkins is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. In 2017-2018, Jenkins was a visiting scholar at the Kleinman Center.

Eric Larson

Senior Research Engineer, Princeton University
Eric Larson is a senior research faculty member and head of the Energy Systems Analysis Group at Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He is also affiliated with Princeton’s High Meadows Environmental Institute and Center for Policy Research on Energy and Environment.

Mark Hughes

Founding Faculty Director
Mark Alan Hughes leads the Kleinman Center as founding faculty director and publishes research 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.