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#Infra4Dev Conference: Decarbonizing Infrastructure

November 18, 2020

Via Zoom


Disruptive technologies are set to make infrastructure systems around the world more intelligent, efficient and sustainable, reducing the emission trajectory of energy and transport sectors, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of energy-intensive users throughout the economy. While these technologies could reduce the energy intensity of providing goods and services, some could also induce rebound effects. The impact will depend on the combined effect of changes in consumer behavior, policy intervention, and technological adoption.

In this context, the post-COVID-19 recovery could be an opportunity for countries to scale up cleaner and more sustainable infrastructure solutions to support long-term economic growth, foster job creation, and connect more people to opportunity.

  • Jointly organized by the World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency and the University of California, Berkeley, the second annual #Infra4Dev conference, "Decarbonizing Infrastructure," aims to explore the ways in which investments in and regulation of infrastructure are helping to mitigate the long-term effects of climate change, especially for those living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries. Through a series of talks and panels focusing on energy, transport and digital systems, we will survey the current policy debate on these topics and highlight opportunities for new collaborative research.

    The conference will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, as part of the annual Evidence to Action symposium on "Climate Change and the Global South" organized by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). While the content may focus on learning from frontier markets, this conference aims to reflect upon the implications of these experiences for emerging markets and developing economies.

    The conference will feature opening remarks by Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure, and Ted Miguel, CEGA Faculty Director at UC Berkeley, as well as plenaries with high-level experts, researchers and policymakers. Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London, and Catherine Wolfram, Professor of Business Administration at UC Berkeley, will deliver the keynote addresses.

    For more information about the conference, please contact infra4dev@worldbank.org

  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM (EST):

    Welcome Remarks

    10:30 – 10:00 AM (EST):

    First Keynote Address

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST):

    Decarbonizing Energy
    (Parallel Session 1)

    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST):

    Decarbonizing Transport
    (Parallel Session 2)

    12:00 – 12:30 PM (EST):

    Lunch Break

    12:30 – 1:00 PM (EST):  

    Second Keynote Address

    1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST):    

    Policy Panel: A Green New Deal for the World

    2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST):

    Lightning Talks: Energy
    (Parallel Talks 1)

    2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST):    

    Lightning Talks: Transport
    (Parallel Talks 2)

    3:00 – 3:15 PM (EST):

    Closing Remarks

  • Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order, by last name):

    • Robert C. Armstrong, Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
    • Will Cavendish, Global Digital Services Leader, Arup and former Director General of International Energy and Climate Change in the UK
    • Prudence Dato, Researcher, Department of Business and Economics, University of Basel
    • Ranjit Deshmukh, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies department, UC Santa Barbara
    • Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Infrastructure, World Bank
    • Gilles Duranton, Dean’s Chair in Real Estate Professor, U Penn
    • Vivien Foster, Chief Economist, Infrastructure Vice Presidency, World Bank
    • Teevrat Garg, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego
    • Kenneth Gillingham, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Environment, Yale University
    • Andrés Gómez-Lobo, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chile and former Minister of Transport and Telecommunications in Chile
    • Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Associate Professor, Dept of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
    • Marta Gonzalez, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
    • Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University College London
    • Kilian Heilmann, Research Economist and Data Scientist, Lyft
    • Sol Hsiang, Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
    • Dharik Mallapragada, Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative
    • Ted Miguel, Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), UC Berkeley
    • Guyde Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and former Minister of Public Works, Liberia
    • Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director for Energy, World Bank
    • Bilal Siddiqi, Director of Research, CEGA, UC Berkeley
    • Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Economist, Sustainability and Infrastructure Team, Development Research Group, World Bank
    • Catherine Wolfram, Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
    • Fan Zhang, Senior Economist, Office of the Chief Economist for Infrastructure, World Bank


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