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Climate Emergency: Solutions for a Clean Energy Transition

The climate crisis has been known for over two decades, however it wasn’t until 2019 that it captured the popular imagination. The climate movement, spurred by youth and marginalized sections across the world, has seen a record number on the streets: 7.9 million people in one week alone in over 4,500 locations in 150 countries. This popular climate mobilization has only been accelerated by the concurrent extreme weather events sweeping the planet: record forest fires in the Arctic, hurricanes in the Bahamas, wildfires across the U.S. larger than the size of Belgium. The world’s eyes have now turned on the Amazon, ‘the lungs of the planet’, and the international community’s role or responsibility in regulating aggressive domestic policies - or its lack thereof.

Climate crises has become a pivotal theme for policy making. For some, this is a central issue in politics: over 1,000 jurisdictions across the world have declared a climate emergency. For others, it is the moment to disengage: in 2020, the Trump administration will begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. We are on a dangerous trajectory for global temperatures to rise by 1.5°-2°C. Experts worldwide are convinced that the international community has the tools to address the crisis, yet they are not being utilized. Though emerging policies and economics support a clean energy transition, it is clear that we are not moving towards carbon neutrality as quickly as we should be.

The transition to clean energy will require financing and entrepreneurship, technological breakthroughs, transformations in design as well as infrastructure. Bold institutional changes are needed to foster and fund innovation, while also protecting communities vulnerable to ecological and economic impacts of global climate change. Inspired by the need for these sweeping changes, the 2020 Tufts Energy Conference theme is Climate Emergency: Solutions for a Clean Energy Transition.

The Tufts Energy Conference has a 15 year legacy of catalyzing rich discussions on some of the most critical energy issues of our time. It is widely attended by students, academics and seasoned industry professionals in the East Coast. This year’s conference is purposefully inter-disciplinary and meant to engage a wide audience. Our six panel discussion topics include:

  • Climate Governance
  • Smart Grid
  • Clean Tech Financing & Entrepreneurship
  • Electric Mobility
  • Renewable Energy Transmission
  • Low Carbon Design

The urgency of the conversation is clear. Our focus is on the transition from contemplation to solutions. We are excited by the opportunity to work with our sponsors and field experts to explore and debate solutions, critique the past, and pave the way forward to create a vibrant and thought-provoking experience for all of our attendees.

The conference will take place over two days at Tufts University.