• March 10 - 14, 2025

Joseph Majkut

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Director, Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Joseph Majkut is director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In this role, he leads the program's work understanding the geopolitics of energy and climate change and working to ensure a global energy transition that is responsive to the risks of climate change and the economic and strategic priorities of the United States. Joseph is an expert in climate science, climate policy, and risk and uncertainty analysis for decisionmaking. He is frequently cited in trade and national media on the politics of climate change and has testified before Congress on climate change and science. Before CSIS, Majkut held positions at the Niskanen Center in Washington, DC, and was a Congressional Science Fellow. He holds a PhD from Princeton University in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the Delft University of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.

Sessions With Joseph Majkut

Wednesday, 20 March

  • 03:40pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 20/mar/2024 08:40 pm - 20/mar/2024 09:10 pm

    Symbiosis or Standoff: U.S.-China relations and climate action

    Climate & Sustainability

    As the world’s two largest economies and carbon emitters, the U.S.-China relationship holds significant implications for global efforts to combat climate change. What is the potential for symbiotic collaboration and what are the risks of standoff between these key players? How can shared climate goals foster cooperation in areas such as clean energy technology development, emissions reduction targets and international climate agreements? Join the conversation as we analyze the opportunities and challenges in U.S.-China climate relations and explore pathways for constructive engagement towards a sustainable future. We'll also discuss the geopolitical tensions and policy differences that may hinder effective collaboration. From trade disputes to political differences, understanding the complexities of US-China relations is crucial for advancing meaningful climate action on a global scale.

Thursday, 21 March

  • 07:15am - 08:20am (CST) / 21/mar/2024 12:15 pm - 21/mar/2024 01:20 pm

    Decarbonization: What are the learnings?

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Reducing carbon emissions has become an increasingly important to companies as they respond to pressure to decarbonize their operations from governments, investors and broader society. Yet each industry has its own challenges and opportunities, which in turn vary by location. What are some of the best practices and actions that are being taken across different industries to reduce their carbon footprint? What are some general lessons learned for successful project execution applicable across sectors? 

  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 21/mar/2024 07:30 pm - 21/mar/2024 08:00 pm

    Carbon Borders: Global impact of CBAM

    Climate & Sustainability

    The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) has triggered a significant uptick in the development of carbon markets around the world, as more countries seek to put a price on carbon emissions that may help their industries sidestep Europe’s new carbon tariffs. We will discuss the trends we see both in developed and developing markets, review carbon market policy and regulatory landscape, discuss efforts to decarbonize supply chains and the opportunities and challenges for emerging markets with CBAM.