Climate Science and Investment Conference: The Energy Transition

Climate Science and Investment Conference: The Energy Transition

The third annual Climate Science and Investment Conference is Friday, May 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in New York City. We will examine two interrelated business trends that are of interest to the investment community, and their relationship to climate change. How will the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy impact the power sector’s generation of electricity? How will the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles affect the transportation sector? And, most importantly, will these two business transitions be large enough or rapid enough to change the trajectory of emissions to avoid the most dramatic impacts of climate change?

This conference—a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory—brings together climate scientists and business leaders to understand how new advances in climate science can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The forum explores topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business and investment decisions.

Participants will include leaders from the investment community, a range of business sectors, and academia. This event is invitation only, and tickets are non-transferable. Space is limited to 100 participants. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please contact

Conference Agenda

Time Event
8:00–8:30 a.m.                        Breakfast and Registration
8:30–8:40 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8:40–9:00 a.m.

The 21st Century Energy Transition

Bruce Usher
Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director
Co-director of The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School


9:00–9:40 a.m.

Investments in the Renewable Energy Transition

David Giordano
Managing Director, Renewable Power Group, Blackrock Alternative Investors

Geoffrey Heal
Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School


9:40–10:20 a.m.

The Role of Storage in the Energy Transition

Alan West

Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Electrochemistry; Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Earth and Environmental Engineering; Chair of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

10:20–10:40 a.m. Coffee Break
10:40-11:10 a.m.                      The Transition to Electric Vehicles
11:10–11:40 a.m. The Role of Utilities in the Energy Transition

11:40–12:10 p.m.                        

The Impact of China’s Climate Policy on the Energy Transition

David Sandalow
Inaugural Fellow
Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs


12:10–12:40 p.m.                       

Climate Change Emissions Scenarios

Kate Marvel
Associate Research Scientist


12:40–1:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Peter deMenocal
Thomas Alva Edison/Con Edison Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; and Director, Center for Climate and Life, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Dean of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences