Energy of the Future: Integrating Advanced Manufacturing and Climate Change Policies

  • Starts: 11:00 am on Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Ends: 12:30 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020

The one-two punch of climate change and COVID-19 has rattled the world, derailing life as we know it and magnifying environmental injustices. As we collectively grapple with what the future holds, what will the pandemic mean for this “climate decade” and beyond: How will it influence climate action urgency? Will the pandemic-induced shakeup in global markets spur accelerated long-term growth in clean energy? Will new trade dynamics ignite clean manufacturing innovation in the U.S.?

The Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) in partnership with the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) will tackle these pressing questions in our Energy of the Future (in a post-pandemic world) seminar series.

Amidst the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression and escalating trade and security controversies with China and other nations, the need to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing sector and increase its competitiveness has never been greater. At the same time, the threat of climate change will ultimately force this diverse sector to transition to much cleaner production processes. This panel will discuss underappreciated opportunities for bringing clean manufacturing innovation to greater prominence with the goal of shaping the climate and manufacturing policy agenda.

Moderator: Andre Sharon, Executive Director, Fraunhofer USA CMI and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University


Colin Cunliff, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Henry Kelly, ISE Senior Fellow and Energy Technology Expert

Zoe Lipman, Director, Manufacturing and Advanced Transportation, BlueGreen Alliance

Event co-sponsored by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Fraunhofer USA - Center for Manufacturing Innovation, BU Energy & Sustainability Club, and BU Cleantech Club.

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