Association Webinars: Managing Carbon, Growing Economies: Leveraging Gas, Liquids, and Infrastructure in the Energy Transition



This panel will explore the role that gas will play in energy transition, and how infrastructure can enable that transition. As the world moves toward a goal of deep decarbonization by mid-century, leveraging infrastructure for energy storage and delivery can facilitate a more affordable and resilient transition to low-cost, low-carbon energy systems. Panelists will investigate the opportunities to build on the physical capital and the human capital that exist today to maximize uplift for local economies and communities.

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Paula Gant is responsible for strategy and planning as well as leading efforts to commercialize technology and scientific discoveries needed for gases, liquid fuels and infrastructure to contribute to low-carbon, low-cost energy systems - in the U.S. and around the globe. At GTI, innovation is an enterprise-wide effort invested in disruptive advances in technologies and processes to deliver solutions that will transform energy systems. In leadership roles at the US Department of Energy, Paula administered natural gas export regulation and R&D programs executed by the National Energy Technology Lab, along with implementation of international clean energy deployment initiatives and multilateral energy security engagements. She holds a B.A. in Economics from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Erin M. Blanton is a senior research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she leads the Natural Gas Research Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of natural gas in the energy transition, energy markets and investment, and global energy access. Before joining the center, Blanton spent 16 years at Medley Global Advisors, an independent macro policy research firm,
where she was a managing director and led natural gas and renewable coverage. Her clients consisted of the world’s leading hedge funds, asset managers, and investment banks. Blanton holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor of arts in economics from Cornell University.

Marion Lacombe received her master’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 2001. She has worked in the gas industry for 20 years in a variety of functions, including gas market analysis, pricing, marketing, and commercial functions. She joined GRTgaz in 2019 as a senior strategy analyst where she develops in-depth knowledge of the European hydrogen market and contributes to the “European Hydrogen Backbone” initiative.

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Event Date: June 21, 2021

Event Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Topic: Managing Carbon, Growing Economies: Leveraging Gas, Liquids, and Infrastructure in the Energy Transition

Speakers: Paula Gant, Erin Blanton, and Marion Lacombe

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