Invited talk on "Trawling between Hopefulness and Hopelessness: Some Recent Examples from Economics to Energy Policy"
Speaker: Michael Jefferson, Editor of the journal Energy Policy and the first Chief Economist of the Royal Shell Group.
We were delighted to host a thought-provoking discussion on ''Trawling between Hopefulness and Hopelessness: Some Recent Examples from Economics to Energy Policy" with distinguished speaker and EMC Advisory Board Member Michael Jefferson, Editor of the journal Energy Policy, and the first Chief Economist of the Royal Shell Group.
When: Tuesday, 20 November
Where: Room G62, ESCP's London Campus
Start time: 06:00 pm
End time: 08:00 pm
Attendees heard the latest on:
- How soon can we realistically expect to eliminate anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions?
- The global outlook for balancing access to useful energy and achieving a renewable energy future
- What has been unsatisfactory about many renewable energy investments, and some suggestions for change
- Weaning the transportation sector off its dependence on oil products
- Energy policies and the consumer: Challenges and opportunities
The talk was followed by a drinks reception, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet the speaker, our full-time MSc in Energy Management students, and network with other like-minded people.
About Our Speaker
Michael Jefferson is the first (ever) Chief Economist of the Royal Shell Group. He studied at University College, Oxford and then the London School of Economics, before going into an economics consultancy, an industrial policy body, and then becoming Chief Economist of The Royal Dutch / Shell Group. He spent nearly 20 years at Shell in various roles, from Head of Planning in Europe to Director of Oil Supply and Trading.
He then spent ten years as Deputy Secretary-General of the World Energy Council, where he began working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as Contributing Author, Lead Author, Editorial Reviewer and Expert Reviewer, culminating in his receipt of the IPCC's certificate for his contributions to their award of the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. He has also written extensively on energy policy, including contributions to various UN bodies, and was for many years involved with the World Renewable Energy Network and Congresses.
Alongside his work in business he has written several books in the fields of energy and economics; contributed to books on economic and social history; and written or co-authored many peer-reviewed papers in the energy and environmental field. He is an Affiliate Professor of Energy Policy at ESCP Business School, and a Senior Fellow of the University of Buckingham. He is a member of the International Advisory Board, and Editor of the journal “Energy Policy”.