Fossil fuels currently account for 85 percent of global energy consumption. Although they will continue to be a major part of energy consumption in the near future, efforts are underway to lower dependence on fossil fuels, especially coal and oil, through increased efficiency and use of renewables, while natural gas is expected to be the transition fuel to a lower carbon future. The panel will discuss the feasibility and costs of such an energy transition. Marianne Kah will discuss the future of oil consumption and the potential of peak oil demand. Ken Medlock will discuss coal and the role of natural gas in the transition and Ken Gillingham will focus on renewables.
Topic: The Potential for Peak Oil Demand
Kenneth B. Medlock III
Topic: The Global Energy Challenge: The Dual Goals of Economic and Environmental Sustainability and the Future of Fossil Fuels
Topic: The Interplay between Renewables and Hydrocarbons in the Energy Transition