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Pathways to Decarbonization

  • 25 Feb 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


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Pathways to Decarbonization: How we can get from here to there 
Hosted by Environmental Forum of Marin and Marin Conservation League

February 25, 2021  |  4:00 - 5:30 pm


Saul Griffith
Otherlab, an independent research & design lab pairing creativity with rigor to bring new solutions in renewable energy and robotics to market.

Vicken Kasarjian
COO - MCE, a not-for-profit, public agency that offers cleaner power at stable rates to more than one million residents and businesses across four Bay Area counties.


Kate Sears


Now it’s official: the past six years have been the hottest in human history.

The term “decarbonization” is new to most of us, but if we’re going to keep this planet habitable, we all need to learn what it is, how it works, and what we can do to support it. And we need to tackle the biggest issue first by decarbonizing energy — electricity, heat and transport — because it accounts for 73.2% of carbon emissions. Come hear inspiring MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient and serial entrepreneur Saul Griffith explain the concepts, practices, and political challenges of taking carbon out of our energy resources, and Vicken Kasarjian of MCE relate that vision back to what we are doing now in Marin County. #decarbonization


Image by Di Skv from Pixabay 
What are the issues?
  • Transitioning to carbon-free energy is going to require investment — and is likely to deliver significant returns
  • Regulations written to serve fossil fuel companies pose legislative obstacles to progress
  • The transition has the potential to either worsen or improve current social inequities
  • As renewable energy sources become less expensive and undercut the price of fossil fuels, the US will need to move quickly to take a lead in these new technologies or it will risk losing its position as the leading world power.

      Image by Cornell Frühauf from Pixabay
    What are the solutions?
    • Innovations in renewable energy generation
    • Electrification and decentralizing electric generation
    • Emerging technologies (though it remains to be seen what’s proven, what’s possible, and what’s unlikely)
    • New regulatory frameworks designed to support efficient deployment of renewable energy

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