Seminar: Global Climate Action after Paris

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Nathan Hultman, Associate Professor and Environmental and Energy Policy Specialization Director, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Associate Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:00

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401


The Paris Agreement established a framework for the nationally determined climate targets put forward by more than 180 countries in the past year, and a new process for revisiting of these targets every five years. In this talk, I will discuss how the process unfolded, starting with the US–China joint announcement. I will highlight and discuss a few notable targets, including that of the United States, and will describe how these targets aggregate over the coming decade. Finally, I will address the question of how we might reach our global climate goals—including keeping warming to no more than 2 or even 1.5C—under the targets and the approach established by Paris, and what that would imply for the global energy system.


Dr. Nathan Hultman is Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental & Energy Policy program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He is also Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration between the University of Maryland and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. For the past two years, he served as Deputy Associate Director for Energy & Climate Change in the White House Council on Environmental Quality, working on the US national climate target, our international engagement on targets, and the Paris process. He has participated in the UN climate process since the Kyoto meeting, and is a contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and Special Report on Renewable Energy. Prof. Hultman has also been a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was previously assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is also a former Fulbright Fellow and NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow in climate sciences. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics.

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