Sarah Jordaan Discusses Lifecycle Assessments and Potential of Renewables

Sarah Jordaan Discusses Lifecycle Assessments and Potential of Renewables

At a Global Sustainability Forum on Feb. 9, Dr. Sarah Jordaan explained how risk assessment models will be more productive in communicating to government, industry, and other stakeholders the emissions associated with the expansion of natural gas markets as compared to other energy sources.

Jordaan also mentioned that the estimates for lifecycle emissions for various fuel sources for the United States include data from research done by Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability. 

“If you can sit down and get a room full of industry to listen to you, think through what you’re saying, and get them excited about it, then you can really affect a lot of positive change,” Jordaan said. She anticipates the potential of the development of a business case for climate action under a "business-oriented government."

Jordaan acknowledged that the new administration provides challenges to climate policy, but affirmed that “making climate policy in the face of uncertainty is nothing new.” 

“It is incredible the amount of innovation and investment that’s happening with renewables integration… The most advanced and competitive companies are going to be keeping an eye on [renewables integration] because it’s going to matter for their operations.”


 

First 2017 Global Sustainability Forum Focuses on Energy Potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

First 2017 Global Sustainability Forum Focuses on Energy Potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nkiruka Avila and Professor Daniel M. Kammen presented “The Energy Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa” at the first Global Sustainability Forum of the year on Monday.

“Sub-saharan Africa is the area with the most energy potential on the whole continent,” Avila said. “It’s a very ironic story that for decades this area has remained dark despite their energy potential.”

Together with OXFAM, Avila and Kammen released a report on Tuesday concerning the role for renewable energy sources versus fossil fuels and the role for centralized versus distributed energy systems in addressing energy poverty. According to the report, about 630 million people live without  access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Avila and Kammen emphasized that solar energy is the most cost effective electricity option for sub-Saharan countries. Kammen encouraged future policy makers in the audience to consider focusing on energy policy in this regard. "The integration of power and electricity in mixtures which make sense is an area in which [policy makers] are really behind," Kammen said.


University of Maryland at UN Climate Negotiations in Morocco

University of Maryland at UN Climate Negotiations in Morocco

With high-level side-events, an exhibit space, and a contingent of faculty and students, the University of Maryland and the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) had a strong presence at this year’s international climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

What a Trump presidency means for U.S. and global climate policy

What a Trump presidency means for U.S. and global climate policy

Donald Trump’s election raised the question of whether the U.S. will continue to be a leader on climate change and clean energy. At the international climate negotiations in Morocco today, the mood after the election is deeply uneasy.

University of Maryland Participates in Morocco UN Climate Conference

University of Maryland Participates in Morocco UN Climate Conference

UMD will be represented and actively driving global conversations on climate implementation and climate policy at this year’s UN climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. Building on previous COPs, UMD will be sending faculty, staff, and students to COP22 from November 7-18.

School of Public Policy hosts UN Climate Negotiation Simulation

School of Public Policy hosts UN Climate Negotiation Simulation

The seventh annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiation Simulation (ICCN) hosted by the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland drew students from across the region for a unique opportunity to experience the work of international climate negotiations firsthand.

 

Center experts talk climate, modeling and global commons

Center experts talk climate, modeling and global commons

Center experts have been active in the past weeks, participating in conversations regarding a 1.5 degrees climate target, climate modeling, and at the International Dialogue on our Global Commons hosted by the Global Environment Facility and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

University of Maryland Co-Hosts Climate Action 2016 Summit

University of Maryland Co-Hosts Climate Action 2016 Summit

The summit, co-hosted by the UN secretary-general, the World Bank, the University of Maryland, and several other partners, brought together more than 700 leaders from government, business, finance, civil society, philanthropy, international institutions, as well as scientific and academic communities.

University of Maryland Hosts Climate Action 2016 Forum

University of Maryland Hosts Climate Action 2016 Forum

The University of Maryland hosted a public conference supporting the objectives of the Climate Action 2016 summit held in Washington, D.C. A wide range of individuals attended the forum, including UMD students and faculty, and experts from organizations involved in all aspects and scales of solving the climate challenge. 

Al Gore Talks Climate at Center Launch

Al Gore Talks Climate at Center Launch

To kick off and celebrate the launch of the new Center for Global Sustainability, the University of Maryland and the School of Public Policy hosted former Vice President Al Gore for a conversation on the future of climate action