Kavanagh Joins Roundtable on Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy

October 24, 2009

On October 23 and 24, 2009, the Renewable Energy and International Law Project (REIL) joined with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) to conduct its annual roundtable on climate change and clean energy policy.

Leslie Parker of REIL, Brad Gentry of CBEY, Rick Saines of Baker and McKenzie’s Global Clean Energy and Climate Change Practice, and James Cameron of Climate Change Capital organized and presided over the event, which convened on the Yale campus. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and legislative aide Cameron Peterson were invited participants in the roundtable. Peterson attended on the 23rd; Kavanagh, who was unable to attend on the 23rd because of a previously scheduled legislative conference, attended the REIL event on the 24th.

Additional participants included officials from the US State Department, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the US Senate, the US International Trade Commission, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the European Union, Great Britain, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Solar Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability, and others working on renewable energy and climate change policy in government, business, advocacy organizations, and academia.

The roundtable featured a series of frank, highly informative, off-the-record panel discussions among participants. Topics included: approaches to climate change and energy policy in China, India, and Africa; the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and potential outcomes of upcoming international negotiations in Copenhagen; ways to promote financing and adoption of greener technologies; carbon markets; electrical grid and distributed generation issues; and the intersection of land use and climate change policy.

REIL is an international policy and law network that brings together business interests, environmental advocates, lawmakers, scientists, and other professionals to discuss and create frameworks for clean energy. REIL is a strategic initiative of REEEP, which seeks to expand renewable energy use and push for new technology as a means of reducing carbon emissions and improving access to sustainable energy on a global scale. CBEY joins the strengths of the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to support innovative approaches to environmental problem-solving through education, advocacy, and cutting-edge research. Together, REIL, REEEP, and CBEY offer leadership on and insight into the mission to provide cleaner, more sustainable energy for the United States and the global community as a whole.