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BBL - Energy and Climate Policy in New York, Paris, and Shanghai - February 4, 2009

Co-sponsored by the Cities and Climate Change Thematic Group, the Energy Efficiency Thematic Group and ESMAP


Energy and Climate Policy in New York, Paris, and Shanghai: Lessons for Developing Countries

Jas Singh,
Sr Energy Specialist, ETWES

Dr. Stephen A. Hammer,
Director, Urban Energy Program, Columbia University
Jeanene Mitchell, Research Associate, Urban Energy Program, Columbia University

Concluding remarks:
Ashok Sarkar,
Sr Energy Specialist, ETWEN


Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP) has conducted research on energy and climate policy making in New York, Paris, and Shanghai. This talk summarized the plans and policy process in each city, discussed the challenges of trying to apply lessons from developed cities to a developing country context, and offered advice for ways in which cities in developing countries can approach these issues.

Stephen A. Hammer is Director of the Urban Energy Project at Columbia University's Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP). Dr. Hammer is also the co-founder and Administrator of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Dr. Hammer currently serves as a technical advisor to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and provides research, regulatory, technical, and project management support to other agencies at the federal, state and local levels, non-profit groups, and private firms. Dr. Hammer received his PhD degree from the London School of Economics, an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BS in environmental studies from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Hammer taught at the Milano Graduate School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Pratt Institute, both in New York City.

Jeanene Mitchell is a Research Associate affiliated with the Urban Energy Program at CEMTPP. Ms. Mitchell was lead author on CEMTPP'sanalysis of the energy system and policymaking landscape in Paris, and was co-editor of the Urban Energy Program's comprehensive study on small-scale combined heat and power in New York City, titled CHP in NYC: A Viability Assessment. She is a coordinator for the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), the secretariat of which is based at CEMTPP. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in Turkey for the study of environmental law and marine energy transportation issues in the Turkish Straits, on which she has co-authored several articles. Ms. Mitchell holds a bachelor's degree in International Politics, cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master of International Affairs degree in International Energy Management and Policy from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

For Information: Daniel A. Hoornweg

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