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- Steven E. Koonin
Advancements in automation are lowering the cost of energy consumption while at the same time providing a cleaner more sustainable environment. How do innovations in automation manifest progress toward efficiency, lower costs, and reduce emissions in the places we work and live?
Book signing with Steve Koonin for his book Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters.
Energy cities are well positioned to define the smart city of the future starting from their foundation of energy. With energy fueling everything that makes these urban environments so attractive—from transportation to comfort, information, commerce, and entertainment—these cities will show the way. They will leverage advanced technologies in clean energy, autonomous transport, ultrafast telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and many other benefits to make them attractive places to live, work, and play.
Dr. Koonin is a leading authority on the science behind climate change and besides his current position as Professor at New York University, he has held leadership roles at the US DoE, bp, Caltech. He is a member of a broad range of scientific and technical institutions and is the author of the 2021 bestselling book “Unsettled,: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t And Why It Matters”. Come and discuss his perspectives on climate science and the thesis of his book.
The IEA estimates that about half of the technologies needed to deliver net zero emissions by 2050 are not currently commercially competitive. Innovation is fundamental to achieving national pledges for net zero, accounting for 90% of global GDP. What is needed to accelerate the chain from laboratories to commercial application to financing to deployment? Should multiple tracks—such as hydrogen, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), and fusion—move forward in parallel to mitigate risk? Where should efforts be focused to achieve success?