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Energy for Development in a Climate-Constrained World


Philippe Benoit, former head of the Energy Environment Division, IEA, former Energy Sector Manager, World Bank and Senior Associate, CSIS

Kartikeya Singh, Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS

James Morrissey, Researcher, Oxfam America


Michele de Nevers, Senior Associate, Center for Global Development

Energy has fueled economic and social development worldwide. From the US to China to South Africa, energy has enabled countries to increase incomes and standards of living. In turn, expanding middle classes have significantly increased their energy consumption. How can developing countries, especially those with a rapidly-growing middle-class, dramatically scale up energy use, and provide access to modern energy services to the billions who lack them, while keeping GHG emissions within the global goal of limiting dangerous temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, or even better 1.5 degrees?

Philippe Benoit, the former head of the Energy Environment Division at the IEA and former Energy Sector Manager at the World Bank, currently serving as a Senior Associate with the CSIS energy program, will describe the relationship between using energy for development and climate change in a climate constrained world. Kartikeya Singh, recently IDRC fellow at CGD and Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS, will draw from his extensive field work in India to describe the challenges and opportunities of business innovations in energy access that are being used to supply energy services to the poor and the expanding middle-class in India. James Morrissey is researcher at Oxfam America working on issues of energy and climate change. He will discuss findings from Oxfam’s recent research exploring policy and institutional challenges as they pertain to the development-energy-climate nexus.

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