New Harvard climate action plan sets ambitious agenda to meet fossil fuel-free goals

Professor Bill Clark outlines the scope of the challenge of ‘shifting the world’s foundations for energy choices in a more sustainable, life-friendly direction.’ In and Q-and-A with the Harvard Gazette, Clark argues that the goals are ‘feasible technologically, economically, and politically.’

Renewable energy sources could be a game changer on the global stage—impacting everything from climate change to trans-national relations. Authors of a new paper, co-authored by Meghan O'Sullivan, suggest that the renewal energy market could reach 30-45% of the total energy market in 2035 or 2040 and 50-70% of the total energy market in 2050.

John Holdren, national science advisor to President Barack Obama, rejoined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty in February 2017 as the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy. He served as assistant to the president for science and technology, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Undoubtedly, in the complicated environment of international climate change discussions, the most important groups with which the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements shares its expertise are the negotiating teams from individual countries.