LESC at ICSD 2018: The Future of the Energy Transition

September 27, 2018
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

This year’s International Conference on Sustainable Development will be the most important and historic yet! Not only will the science and policy be at the cutting edge; the conference will take place on multiple campuses around the world, making it a truly global event. ICSD will host students from around the world, top scientists, and world leaders from politics to government to the UN.

ICSD brings together professionals from the private sector, academia, government, and civil society, along with students from the world’s top universities. We welcome participants from all sectors and experience levels.

The LESC panel at ICSD will take place in the afternoon of day two. The panel will feature high-level speakers who will present key outcomes from the LESC-GCAS event which is taking place at the Global Climate Action Summit in California just two weeks before ICSD.


27 Sep 2:00PM
Low-Emissions Solutions: The Land-Energy Nexus

The Land-Energy Nexus in Climate Change Mitigation, is a conversation about the role of energy in low-carbon land use scenarios and land use in low-carbon energy scenarios. This session aims to challenge assumptions that could lead to unworkable approaches to decarbonization, and discuss frameworks for land-energy integration that are conceptually sound and implementable on the ground. The panel will present solutions that their organizations have identified to help the world transition to a carbon neutral future.


Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, UN SDSN


Chris Bataille, Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Chad Frischmann, Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown
Katie Guerry, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Enel X North America
Claude Nahon, Executive Vice President for Sustainable Development, EDF