Conference Report: The Energy Transition - Center for Climate and Life

Conference Report: The Energy Transition - Center for Climate and Life

In May, climate scientists and business leaders met in Manhattan for the third annual Climate Science and Investment Conference to discuss the role investors can play in combating climate change. Hosted by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the assembly of science and business leaders cast an optimistic light on the energy sector’s growing role in reducing carbon emissions but also underscored the imperative for the energy revolution to happen quickly.

Peter de Menocal, director of the Center for Climate and Life, discussed how the emergence of affordable renewable energy has decoupled economic development from environmental pollution. Economic growth and environmental health are now compatible, depending only on the right investment.

“While it might be true in movies that scientists are the heroes that save the planet, actually it’s not us,” deMenocal said. He pointed to the room of business people and said, “You are the heroes of this story. You are the ones that will be leading the investments that will make this change, radically increasing renewables and storage, radically increasing efficiency, electrifying everything.” 

Read more about the conference on the Tamer Center website.