The Atlantic Council—in collaboration with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)—is delighted to host an in-person meeting in Washington, DC, on Thursday, December 9nd, 2021, at 9:00 AM ET. The conversation will discuss concrete measures needed to ensure the thorough decarbonization of the electric grid.

Energy systems around the world are at an inflection point. Rapidly increasing energy demand and electrification, coupled with a far-reaching consensus to mitigate the impacts of carbon emissions on climate change, have placed a strain on the progress of the energy transition, which has seen incredible improvements in low-carbon energy deployment for the past several years. Further, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial need for a reliable, resilient electricity system during periods of crisis.

However, support for low-carbon sources of energy alone is not enough to ensure a successful transition towards global decarbonization goals more broadly, or towards the Biden administration’s 2035 power sector decarbonization goal specifically. This panel will address the new, innovative strategies that are required for deep decarbonization of the global energy system, and it will examine the intermediate steps that can be taken now to lay the groundwork for the next several decades.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs by providing an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century. Through the papers it publishes, the ideas it generates, the future leaders it develops, and the communities it builds, the Atlantic Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

The Atlantic Council follows CDC guidelines in addition to extra precautions to protect its staff and guests. As of November 22, 2021, in accordance with DC Health guidelines, masks are no longer required. All visitors to the Atlantic Council office at 1030 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 must complete a COVID-19 symptom screening prior to entering the building (and no further than 24 hours in advance): If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact the Council’s Chief Operating Officer, Julie Varghese.


Remarks by

David Livingston
Senior Advisor
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

A conversation with

H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Ben Hertz-Shargel
Global Head of Grid Edge
Wood Mackenzie

John Kotek
Senior Vice President, Policy Development and Public Affairs
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

Jake Levine
Chief Climate Officer
US International Development Finance Corporation

Amy Roma
Partner and Global Energy Practice Leader
Hogan Lovells

Moderated by

Randolph Bell
Senior Director and Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center

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