David Victor

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Professor of Innovation and Public Policy, School of Global Policy and Strategy

David Victor is a professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. He is a director of the campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative, which focuses on real world strategies for bringing the world to nearly zero emissions of warming gases. Victor is also an adjunct professor in Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a professor (by courtesy) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor was a professor at Stanford Law School where he taught energy and environmental law. He is also co-Chair of The Brookings Institution’s Initiative on Energy and Climate. His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets and their impact on the climate. Victor authored "Global Warming Gridlock," which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. The book was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011. His Ph.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and A.B. from Harvard University.

Sessions With David Victor

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Decarbonizing Industry: Critical technologies for energy transition

    Panel Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Industrial decarbonization requires rewiring the way we produce and consume goods. From capital costs to modifying operations, these changes will test current market and regulatory frameworks. What are the tools available to meet the challenge of decarbonizing industry? How will electrification, process intensification, low-carbon feedstocks, and carbon capture each contribute to industrial decarbonization?

  • 05:30pm - 06:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 11:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 12:00 am

    Meetup - David Victor on Carbon Management

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    David is a leading authority on climate change, decarbonization and how regulation affects the workings of energy markets. Apart from his work at UC San Diego, he has been a convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has held leadership positions at the Brookings Institute; the World Economic Forum and other organizations. David has authored several books including “Making Climate Policy Work” which received glowing reviews. Come and meet him to hear and discuss his insights, in person.

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:00 pm

    Energy Transition: Big ambitions, hard realities

    Presentation Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    In its report “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector,” IEA stated that getting to net-zero by 2050 will require “nothing short of a total transformation of the energy system that underpins our economies.” The report also observed that “the pathway is narrow but achievable.” At the same time, global GHG concentrations continue to increase and annual emissions are rising again after the pandemic-induced drop in 2020. Achieving net -zero by OECD countries and by major companies is necessary but not sufficient. Any roadmap to net-zero must travel via developing economies. Much of the progress to date has been in decarbonizing power sector, but only about one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions are from electricity. In this conversation, the panelists will explore economic, technological, financial, and policy actions necessary within this decade to start bending the emission curve with emission reductions across all sectors globally.

  • 01:30pm - 02:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 08:10 pm

    Voices of Innovation: David Victor


    One-on-one candid conversations from the foremost and sometimes controversial thought leaders.

  • 02:15pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 08:15 pm - 10/mar/2022 09:00 pm

    Book Signing with David Victor: Making Climate Science Work

    Book Signing Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability

    Book signing with David Victor for his book Making Climate Science Work.