Pathways to 2050: Alternative Scenarios for Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy

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Pathways 2050 Scenarios

Business Perspectives

Please join the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) as we release the results of a year-long collaboration with leading companies examining alternative pathways for decarbonizing the U.S. economy.

With renewed debate in Washington on long-term climate solutions, this new analysis draws on the insights of companies across key sectors to illuminate not only technology options, but also the social, cultural and political drivers that can put the United States on the path toward a prosperous low-carbon economy.

The report is the latest product of C2ES’s Climate Innovation 2050 initiative.  Produced in collaboration with the RAND Corporation and the University of Maryland’s Joint Global Change Research Institute, the report outlines three different scenarios for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by mid-century.

In addition to a presentation by the authors of the three scenarios and key takeaways, company representatives will describe similar exercises undertaken by their firms to assess alternative futures and establish long-term climate goals.

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Introduction and Welcome

Bob Perciasepe
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Bob Perciasepe is President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), which is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address our energy and climate challenges. Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and…

Author Presentation: Pathways to 2050

Elliot Diringer
Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Elliot Diringer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He manages day-to-day operations of C2ES and helps direct its research, policy, outreach and communications efforts. He previously served as Vice President for International Strategies at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES’s predecessor…

Jae Edmonds
Chief Scientist and Battelle Fellow, Joint Global Change Research Institute

Jae Edmonds is a researcher at the Joint Global Change Research Institute a collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he is Chief Scientist and Battelle Fellow, and at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he is College Park Professor of Public Policy. Mr. Edmonds is…

Ben Preston
Director, Community Health and Environmental Policy Program, RAND Corporation

Benjamin Preston is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and Director of Community Health and Environmental Policy, a program of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being. His recent research efforts include understanding the development of knowledge systems for climate risk management, scenario analysis for a low-carbon future, and planning…

Business Perspectives

Bob Stout
Vice President & Head of Regulatory Advocacy & Policy, BP America Inc.

Bob Stout is the Vice President & Head of Regulatory Advocacy & Policy for BP America Inc. Located in Washington, Mr. Stout leads a team of subject matter experts representing BP and its businesses before U.S. regulatory agencies. In addition, he represents BP America on the company’s global policy-making group.…

Patricia DiOrio
Vice President for Strategy and Technology, National Grid

Patricia DiOrio is an experienced energy industry leader with over twenty years of experience in strategy, project development, finance and engineering. Ms. DiOrio joined National Grid in March 2015. In her current role as Vice President of U.S. Strategy, she advises senior executives in making strategic decisions, with a focus…