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Wind Energy Fellow Program

Date/Time: 

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 4:00pm

Presenter: 

Laura Díaz-Anadon | U Cambridge

Location: 

Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall

Details: 

Abstract:

Energy technologies ranging from solar panels to lithium-ion batteries, and from wind turbines to solid-state lighting have experienced a period of rapid cost reductions. This technological change has happened faster than what experts and models expected. Crucially, different types of government policies around the world played a major role driving innovation in these technologies over time.  At the same time, we have learnt about the negative short-term impacts that some of these policies have had on vulnerable groups and communities and about the importance of managing a just energy transition.

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Glasgow Pact will require mature energy technologies to be deployed on a far greater scale, and the development and diffusion of many other clean energy solutions that are currently at earlier development stages.  Given prior experience and the nature of the challenge, this will require a multi-faceted policy response and collaboration across all sectors.  It may also call for new approaches to policy making beyond cost-benefit analysis and new capabilities and institutions in government.

Bio:

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon holds the chaired Professorship of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she is also Director of CEENRG (the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance) and Fellow Elect at St. John's College. She is also a long-standing Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) at Harvard University, where she is a Visiting Scholar for 2021-2022. She was recently awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University. For information about research focus, previous posts, policy engagement and other honours please visit: https://www.landecon.cam.ac.uk/directory/professor-laura-diaz-anadon