Barbara Villarosa | March 15, 2019
The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) will host its 2nd annual research symposium on Wed., March 20, with keynote speaker Rachel Kyte who leads the world-wide charge towards access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for all.
Kyte is the Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Professor of the Practice of Sustainable Development in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a leading advocate for sustainable development and drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action toward its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. As the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, she is the United Nations point person for the global goal of sustainable energy (SDG7). Prior to 2015, Kyte served as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading integration of climate across the Bank Group’s work, as well as support for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
Kyte’s keynote address entitled “Cooling, Cooking, Moving and Manufacturing: The Challenges and Opportunities in Limiting Warming to 1.5 Degrees and Ensuring Everyone has Access to Sustainable Energy” will address the urgency for decarbonizing energy systems that work for all, especially the 1 billion people without access to electricity, the 3 billion people unable to cook cleanly, and the billions more suffering from unreliable energy. This urgent call for change requires the development of new technologies, business models, and systems approaches despite any bias, inertia, weak institutions, and political leadership.
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