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COP21: What Happens Next?

The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604

The goal for COP21 was clear—and clearly ambitious: to commit nations to pursue an aggressive path to keep global warming below the 2-degree Celsius threshold agreed by many scientists as critical. Yet the road to implementation remains as difficult as ever. What exactly was committed at Paris in terms of emissions and are we on track to avoid the worst consequences of climate change? What are the major changes to the global energy system required to meet these commitments, and how will those changes be implemented across sectors and by leading emitters such as the US, China, and India? Join The Council on Global Affairs, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and a panel of experts for a review of COP21.

Members $10; Nonmembers $20.

Free for members of the UChicago community (Use promo code "COP21" when registering). 

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Ed Crooks (Moderator) is US industry and energy editor for the Financial Times. He has been covering energy for almost a decade, first in London and then in New York, where he has been based since 2010.

Paul Bodnar serves at the White House National Security Council as Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change. During his two-year tenure, Paul played a leading role in formulating U.S. strategy and preparations for the Paris Climate Conference.

Ted Brandt is co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Capital, a Chicago-based investment banking boutique focused on the global Energy and Infrastructure markets. The firm provides financial advice in the areas of M&A, structuring and capital raising of debt, equity, project financing and tax equity, and restructuring/recapitalization, bankruptcy and workout situations.

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman professor of economics and director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. He previously served as the chief economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. 

Derek Walker is associate vice president for global climate at the Environmental Defense Fund. Previously, he managed EDF’s engagement in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. 

In partnership with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs