2016 Distinguished Lecture Series

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The Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research


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The Global Clean Energy Mix, And Why All of the Above Matters

The Paris Accords reflect both an overt commitment by 192 countries to cooperation in clean energy deployment and a tacit recognition that all low-C pathways remain important today. This sensibility, best expressed in President Obama's Climate Action Plan, provides the best chance of success and the lowest cost pathway to achieving climate goals. However, policy structures rarely reflect this sensibility, which places the climate and global economy at risk.


Dr. Julio Friedmann is a senior fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he serves as the Lab’s chief expert in energy technologies and systems. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. His portfolio includes R&D and programs in Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Oil and Gas systems, international engagements in clean fossil energy, and inter-agency engagements within the US government. Previously he held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy. He was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, large demonstration projects, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and clean coal deployment.