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Monday February 24th, 2020 – 1:30-3:00 pm
Library Portico, Iliff School of Theology

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS FOR A LOW-CARBON FUTURE

Robert Youngberg, President & Founder, Sustainability Development International — SDI

Details:

The message has been clear since the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Rio Earth Summit de Janeiro in 1992, that climate change is by far the greatest existential crisis, now, and in the near future. Significant action must be taken globally, as soon as possible, by all nations and industries to make changes in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. 

In early December 2019 Robert Youngberg attended the UNFCCC 25th Conference of Parties (COP25), in Madrid, Spain. The Conference of Parties is where the 197 national signatories of the 2016 Paris Agreement meet annually to discuss, negotiate, and renew commitment to their goals and actions to address climate change, focusing on CO2 emissions.  Robert served as the COP25 Delegate for the International Solar Energy Society. He has been involved in solar energy, nationally and internationally beginning in the mid-1970s when he founded and directed the Renewable Energy Research Office at the University of Nebraska.

Robert has extensive experience in professional consulting in the renewable energy, environmental, electric utility, and information technology industries serving national and international clients. He is a frequent organizer, attender and presenter at energy related national and international conferences and seminars, including: the World Renewable Energy Forum (2011); the Jackson Hole Global Forum (2018); and the International Low Carbon Development Forum – Taiyuan, China (2016 and 2019).

Robert will provide an overview of the UNFCCC/IPCC/COP/Kyoto Protocol/Paris Agreement history and process, overview of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, ‘Peak’ CO2 levels in the atmosphere, global energy consumption, future energy demand in the Power, Industrial, Transportation, and Buildings Economic Sectors, and the progress and commitment (and lack thereof) by the various Paris Agreement signatories. He will also discuss the potential for global scale implementation of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) to address the growing increase of CO2 in the atmosphere from the Power Sector in Developed Nations, Nations in Transition, and Least Developed Nations.

EEE Forums are typically held each month at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver (2323 E. Iliff Avenue) during the academic year, except December. Forums are free and open to the public. See the ABOUT US tab for information about the Forum’s purpose, structure, and team members. For notices about future Forums and other information, please contact Forum founder and convener David Carlson at davidcarlson824@gmail.com. For directions and campus parking ($2.00/hour), see http://www.iliff.edu/about/parking-directions.

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Monday March 23rd, 2020; 1:30-3:30; topic TBA

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Other 2020 dates forthcoming