Energy Seminars

All Sessions Take Place Online for Winter Term

Winter 2022: Energy/Climate Futures in 2022: Insights and Actions on the Road from Glasgow

Over the past 26 years, the annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change, also known as COP (Conference of the Parties), has produced ambitious frameworks for international cooperation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Critics of COP suggest that these commitments, if enacted at all, are happening too slowly to meet the urgency of the moment.
A UN preliminary analysis released on November 9 "found a massive gap between countries' long-term plans to zero out carbon emissions and the official, short-term plans they have actually submitted. . . . [W]hat countries are planning to do between now and 2030 makes those pledges impossible, and would lead to warming of about 2.5 degrees Celsius" — a temperature rise that would assure devastating global consequences. (Washington Post, 11/9/2021)
What progress on the global effort to avert the worst effects of climate change emerged from COP26? What might the outcomes mean for the world, the US, and northern New England? How can the US infrastructure bill passed during COP26 most effectively accelerate this nation's contributions to international climate objectives?  In our Winter Dartmouth Energy Collaborative Seminar Series, we'll hear from conference participants, take stock of climate/adaptation goal-setting and action in different regions and sectors, and examine what enduring insights - if any - COP26 offers for the urgent local, regional, and global project of energy system transformation.