“Transitioning Energy Systems to Carbon Neutrality: Opportunities and Challenges” Workshop
Director of the Center of Energy and Society at Arizona State University, Dr. Clark A. Miller led the “Transitioning Energy Systems to Carbon Neutrality: Opportunities and Challenges” workshop in Cairo on March 4, 2023. Hosted by the Center of Excellence for Energy, the workshop examined opportunities for leading countries, including the United States and Egypt, to tackle climate change by accelerating the decarbonization of energy systems and the creation of clean energy economies. It facilitated conversation about the energy challenges and transition amongst faculty at Arizona State University’s three Egyptian partner universities: Ain Shams, Mansoura, and Aswan, as well as other energy industry stakeholders, with about 75 faculty members and students in attendance.
During this workshop, Dr. Miller assessed recent United States energy transition planning, in the context of broader energy transition dynamics in Europe and globally, reviewing the recently passed and most comprehensive climate change policies in history in the United States, which lay the foundation for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. At the center of these policies are extensive new investments in the deployment of renewable energy, the purchase of electric vehicles, the demonstration of innovative hydrogen and carbon capture technologies, and a unique commitment to ensuring that the transition to clean energy is just and equitable.
“The transition to clean energy is critical to creating a sustainable and thriving future for humanity. It will take the planet working together to get it done. Thanks to the investments contained in recent legislation, the United States is now positioned to help lead a global transformation of energy systems.” – Dr. Clark A. Miller
“It is vital to bring together higher education faculty, energy industry stakeholders, and governmental agencies to discuss Egypt’s energy challenges and how to address them to advance the energy transition. One of the Center of Excellence for Energy’s roles is to facilitate conversations like this one and provide guidance to developing higher education capacity and a skilled energy workforce.”– Dr. Sayfe Kiaei