News - Decarbonization

Alix Peterson Zwane, Ph.D., the first executive in residence with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University, discusses what brought her to Duke and how international aid and development can be better targeted to improve people’s lives while minimizing environmental impact.

Brian Murray, interim director of the Nicholas Institute, spoke with Business North Carolina about Duke Energy's transition away from coal-fired electricity generation and toward natural gas, and its eventual goals for solar and renewable capacity.

Federal officials and business leaders at a Duke University summit on Feb. 28 identified critical steps toward a low-carbon future. The full day of conversations drew nearly 500 people from the Duke community, the public and private sectors, nonprofit organizations and other academic institutions.

Director of Energy and Climate Policy Jackson Ewing was one of the expert panelists at the Asia Society Seattle's webinar discussion on the state of global climate change efforts in Asia. The panel highlighted Asia’s crucial role as one of the regions most vulnerable to natural disasters and global warming as well as one of the biggest contributors to climate risks and home to five of the largest greenhouse gas-emitting countries and half of the world’s CO2 emissions.

Transitioning away from an energy system dependent on fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Watch this webinar recording from Duke Alumni Lifelong Learning to learn from Duke experts, including moderator and Nicholas Institute executive-in-residence Eric Rohlfing, what needs to change to adopt a workable clean energy plan for all and reduce our over-reliance on fossil fuels. See the other videos in the playlist here.

Utilities in some states are proposing new natural gas plants to keep up with rising electricity demand. “I can’t recall the last time I was so alarmed about the country’s energy trajectory,” Tyler Norris, a power systems expert and PhD student at the Nicholas School of the Environment told The New York Times. Norris wrote a policy brief last year that provides an example of an innovative regulatory solution that could push utilities toward clean energy sources.

Reducing climate change’s growing threat to the planet requires an unprecedented partnership between government, academia, nonprofits, businesses and others, speakers said Wednesday during an all-day summit at Duke. The event was organized by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, the Fuqua School of Business, Fuqua's Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment, and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

John Podesta, who is overseeing Inflation Reduction Act spending in the Biden administration, argued Wednesday that the IRA’s investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be difficult to reverse, even if a Republican takes the White House in November, The News & Observer reported. Podesta was among the speakers at the "From Billions to Trillions: The Inflation Reduction Act as a Catalyst for Private Investment" summit at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Clean energy leaders in the upper echelons of business, finance, and policy gathered Wednesday for a one-day summit at Duke's Fuqua School of Business to discuss the role of the private sector in decarbonizing the global economy, The Chronicle reported. “We know that switching on finance via policy is essential for accelerating this energy transition,” Duke President Vincent Price said. “It will require unprecedented levels of cooperation and thoughtful engagement.”

Federal and state leaders gathered at Duke University on Wednesday for an all-day summit focused on boosting the clean energy economy in the United States. "The question is 'How do we bridge public and private investments to move the needle from billions to trillions and meet our climate goals?,'" Ronnie Chatterji, a professor at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, told WRAL News. "I hope the conversations today will help to do that."