The Global Energy Assessment - Policy implications

PODCAST - 30 September 2010 Mark Jaccard


Professor Mark Jaccard leads the policy module of the Global Energy Assessment. In this IIASA podcast he discusses the vision for the GEA and the policy challenges and opportunities that will need to be addressed to achieve a transformation of the global energy system.

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Professor Mark Jaccard is a Convening Lead Analyst for Global Energy Assessment (GEA), one the the largest and most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of the energy system. In this IIASA podcast he discusses the vision for the GEA, and the policy challenges that must be overcome to achieve a transformation of the energy system. This transformation is considered a prerequsite to resolving growing energy access and security issues as well as limiting climate change impacts.

About the Global Energy Assessment

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) along with a number of international partners is undertaking the Global Energy Assessment, a major initiative seeking to redefine the global energy policy agenda. This multi-year and multi-stakeholder activity aims to help decision makers address the challenges of providing energy services for sustainable development throughout the world. The GEA will go beyond existing authoritative studies on energy issues by presenting a comprehensive and integrated analysis of energy challenges, opportunities and strategies, for developing, industrialized and emerging economies. Moreover, the GEA will be produced by independent scientific and technical experts—subject to rigorous reviews and independent of partisan interference—allowing it to challenge conventional thinking on energy. The GEA is expected to deliver key findings in mid 2011.

About the speaker

Mark Jaccard is a Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Canada (1986-present). Professor Jaccard develops and applies models that assess energy and materials sustainability policies. He has served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission; as an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (recently the special report on renewable energy); the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (recently as co-chair of a task force on sustainable use of coal) and Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donner Prize for policy. In 2009 he was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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