‘The Road to Paris’ Climate Series: Assessing US and Chinese National Plans and Their Potential Impacts on a Paris Agreement

Welcoming Remarks by:
The Hon. Richard Morningstar
Founding Director
Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Heather Zichal
Nonresident Distinguished Fellow 
Atlantic Council

Panel Discussants:
Pete Ogden
 Senior Fellow and Director, International Energy and Climate Policy
Center for American Progress

Andrew Steer
President and CEO
World Resources Institute

Dan Utech
Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
White House

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As the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) in December 2015 approaches, the challenge of balancing climate, economic and energy goals is strikingly clear.  At the global level, the debate between developed and lesser developed countries (LDCs) as to which nations should make the largest reductions, and at what level of commitment, will shape the success or failure at the Paris COP.  The national plans developed by influential nations like the United States and China will shape the reaction of the European Union and developing countries. This panel will seek to address these complex dynamics, assessing the commitments already announced by the United States and China and looking at the likely impacts on the commitments that are yet to come from the European Union and the LDCs.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 27th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the inaugural event of our Climate Change Series for a panel discussion on these critical issues. Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will provide welcoming remarks and Heather Zichal, a Nonresident Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center who was most recently the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, will moderate the discussion.