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Critical Issues Confronting China Series featuring Kelly Sims Gallagher – The Global Race for Leadership in Clean Energy: China Versus the United States

October 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

In conversation with: Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Speaker: Kelly Sims Gallagher, Academic Dean and Founding Director, Climate Policy Lab, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

In conversation with: Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

How China is Winning the Race for Clean Energy Technology

Event summary by Theodore Chia

With the passage of the CHIPS legislation and Inflation Reduction Act, the United States is poised to step up its game in clean and efficient energy.  Can it catch up to China, which already dominates global markets in most clean energy technologies?  Which other countries are in this race, and how can it be won?

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Academic Dean and Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School. She directs the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.  She served in the second term of Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. 

Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, serves on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and also serves on the board of Energy Foundation China. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Broadly, she focuses on energy innovation and climate policy.  She specializes in how policy spurs the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally.  She is the author of Titans of the Climate (The MIT Press 2018), The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China (MIT Press 2014), China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development (The MIT Press 2006), and dozens of other articles and book chapters.

This event also available on Zoom. Register at: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CI5KxHx1QY6S9HAyh3jbUA


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room

1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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