Association Webinars: Energy Transition: Fact or Fiction?



  

 

There has been huge interest in the Energy Transition among academic and policy circles. Indeed, the IAEE has already held several seminars looking at this topic from different angles at specific technologies and policies. The adoption of the "net zero carbon emissions by 2050" policy objective by the EU and the UK (and possibly by an in-coming Biden administration) as well as by leading oil and gas companies in Europe have raised issues of the Energy Transition to near universal attention among professional energy economists as well as policy makers, environmental organizations and multilateral agencies such as the IPCC, the World Bank and others. What has been lacking in the many discussions and papers published on the subject is a proper appreciation of the scientific and technological constraints to the Energy Transition and the economic costs of policy proposals for its execution at a macro level.

For this webinar, we have two distinguished experts whose published work is uniquely qualified to set the context for discussing the energy transition from the perspective of technical and economic feasibility.

Moderator:

Tilak Doshi, Visiting Senior Research Fellow :: Middle East Institute :: National University of Singapore
Dr. Tilak K. Doshi is Senior Visiting Fellow, Middle East Institute, NUS. Dr. Doshi is an industry expert with over 25 years of international work experience in leading oil and gas companies and think tanks.

His previous appointments include Chief Economist, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore; Senior Fellow and Program Director, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); Executive Director for Energy, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC, UAE); Specialist Consultant, Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia); Chief Asia Economist, Unocal Corporation (Singapore); Director for Economic and Industry Analysis, Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO, Los Angeles, U.S.).

Dr. Doshi is the author of many articles and three books on energy economics, the most recent of which was "Singapore Chronicles: Energy" (Straits Times Press, 2016). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii on a scholarship provided by the East-West Centre. He was one of two candidates which were granted the 1984 Robert S. McNamara Research Fellow award by World Bank, Washington, D.C., and he received a Distinction for MA in Economics by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 1982.

Speakers:

Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D., is the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics at Rice University. He is also a Rice Scholar of Energy Economics at the Baker Institute. He has worked on energy economics issues for 35 years, focusing originally on electricity, but also including work on natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewable energy. He has also published in other areas including theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles, and international finance. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University before coming to Rice. Originally from Australia, he has also held visiting appointments at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia.

Dr John Constable , Energy Editor of the GWPF, and Director of Renewable Energy Foundation
Dr Constable was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and taught at Kyoto University and at Cambridge before leaving the universities to write full time about energy and climate policy. In the humanities he is best known as an authority on the philosophy of aesthetics, particularly of verse forms, having discovered a mathematical distinction between verse (text in lines) and prose (unlineated text). In energy policy he has consistently advocated caution in adopting renewable energy as an emissions reduction tool on the grounds of fundamental physical disadvantages. He is the author of numerous papers and studies in the field, including Hydrogen: The Once and Future Fuel? (2020) and The Brink of Darkness (2020). He directs Renewable Energy Foundation, a UK charity publishing comprehensive performance data on the UK renewables sector, and writes about energy for the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

 

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