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4th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference (Special Webinar Edition)

August 18, 2020
The New Energy Landscape : COVID-19, Climate Change and Diversification


In a few short weeks between the beginning of February and the middle of March 2020, the world saw an unprecedented drop in demand for energy, particularly for transportation fuels. Though the immediacy and scale of the drop are invariably related to the COVID-19 pandemic, other factors, such as increasing Russian and Saudi production as well as continued climate concerns have also had an effect. This same period saw some of the world’s largest energy companies propose future carbon neutrality targets, continue diversification of their business model from fossil fuels, and increase their investment in negative emissions technology startups. Despite the pandemic, renewable buildout continues. Energy businesses also face a reckoning over environment, social, and governance policies and their commitments to anti-racism.

Join University of Houston energy and climate law experts, energy general counsel, negative carbon technology business entrepreneurs and Blank Rome attorneys as we take stock and make sense of the new post-COVID world of energy in our Special 2020 North American Conference Webinar Edition.

The future as seen by energy company general counsel
Discussion of the first survey on energy workers return to work
The latest from the leaders in negative emissions technology

Sponsored by Blank Rome, LLP, the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center of the University of Houston Law Center, UH Energy, the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico (UNAM)


8:45 A.M. 
Welcome to our Changed World
Gina Warren, UH EENR Center Faculty Co-Director
Susan Bickley, Blank Rome, Houston Managing Partner

9:00 A.M. 
Technological Innovation and Energy
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, moderator and speaker : UH Energy
Energy Investment in Direct Air Capture and Other technologies
Steve Oldham, CEO, Carbon Engineering
Jeremy Friesen, Senior R&D Engineer, NET Power
Innovations in low carbon emissions and IP innovation,
Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul University, IP issues and negative emissions technology
Sean McDermott, Blank Rome

10:30 A.M.
Discussions with Dean Leonard Baynes : Carbon Neutrality, COVID-19, The Economy, Black Lives Matter and the 2020 Election.

Corporate General Counsel Panel :
Kay McColl, Noble Environmental Power
Ken Neikirk, Helix Energy
Kelly B. Rose, ConocoPhillips
Tony Trevino, Lewis Energy
William Turcotte, Noble Corporation

11:30 A.M.
Roundtable : The Business and Policy Future for North American Energy-Lessons from COVID
Victor Flatt, EENR Center Faculty Co-Director – Moderator
Praveen Kumar, UH Bauer GEMI
Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano, UHLC US-Mexican Law Center
Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller, UH Center for Applied Psychological Research (creator of The Energy Workforce Return to Work Survey)
Margaret Hill, Blank Rome

12:30 P.M.  Wrap Up and Questions
12:45 P.M.  END

April 17th, 2020

1st Annual Conference Global Energy Transition Law and Policy

WEBINAR April 17th, 2020 - Houston, TX - 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. (CDT)


Program :

The Energy Transition in European and Comparative Law : Towards a New Shift and a Democratic Perspective

  • Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano (University of Houston Law Center - EENR - US-MEX LAW)
  • Aubin Nzaou (University of Houston Law Center- EENR - US-MEX LAW) - Recent Developments in Energy Transition Law and Policy
  • Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli (King’s College London) - Energy Policy in Citizens’ Climate Assemblies
  • Louis de Fontenelle (University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France) - Energy Communities in the European Union
  • Bernadette le Baut-Ferrarese (University of Lyon) - Europeanisation of the Development of Renewable Energy in Transition

The Energy Transition as an Integrative Approach in Global Law and Economic Policy
Moderator - Victor B. Flatt (University of Houston Law Center - EENR)

  • Raphael J. Heffron (University of Dundee) - Finance and Risk Policy for The Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
  • Rafael Leal-Arcas (Queen Mary University of London) - A Sustainable and Prosperous Future : The Role of Climate Clubs and International Trade
  • Tade Oyewumni (Vermont Law School) - Decarbonization Options for Gas and Electricity Systems : Power-to-Gas and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage
  • Luis Serra (Tecnologico de Monterrey) - Incorporation of DMDU decision-making under deep uncertainty) Framework into Energy Policy

COVID-19 provides Warning about the Transition from Fossil Fuels

  • Krishnamoorti Ramanan (University of Houston – UH Energy)
  • Victor B. Flatt (University of Houston Law Center - EENR)
  • Aubin Nzaou (University of Houston Law Center - EENR - US-MEX LAW)
  • Alfonso Lopez de la Osa Escribano (University of Houston Law Center- EENR - US-MEX LAW)

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