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The Role of Secure Energy Systems in the Global Emission Transition

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 12:00 p.m.–1:25 p.m.  |  Cartagena, Colombia

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Room Assignment:
Cartagena Convention Center, Level 2, Barahona 3
Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology; State Geologist of Texas; Professor, Edwin Allday Endowed Chair in Subsurface Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
$65 USD

Secure energy systems—systems that are affordable, reliable and available—underpin economic health, influence political action, and help lift humans from poverty to prosperity. The pace of transition to secure energy systems varies by geo-economic region. The developed world sees climate change as a leading challenge and seeks a transition to clean energy. Logically, this should result in a sharp focus on the reduction of atmospheric emissions. Instead, climate action often politically is misplaced on fuels, leading to forced elimination of coal, oil and natural gas, and a predictable associated decline in access to affordable energy. This trend is highlighted in Western Europe in the Winter of 2022. Developing and emerging economies, representing more than 80 percent of global population, live in various states of energy poverty, and are driven by the need for secure energy. China and parts of Latin America have a growing energy appetite and seek a transition from unreliable to reliable energy. Coal and oil feature prominently, along with hydro and natural gas. Emerging economies, including many in Africa and Southeast Asia seek cheap energy, dominated by coal and oil, to lift themselves from poverty to prosperity. To succeed and sustain, policy must seek secure energy systems and environmental stewardship.


The Role of Secure Energy Systems in the Global Emission Transition
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