Please join us for our next environmental forum on May 25 at 3:30pm with Valerie J. Karplus.  Location: Spilker 232


Coal use in China’s vast and diverse industrial sector contributes to degraded local air quality and global climate change. This presentation describes in detail the origins of industrial air pollutant and CO2 emissions in China and associated uncertainties, and explores potential opportunities for controlling both at the same time. Evidence of the impact of two major past policy initiatives—one focused on energy efficiency, the other on control of SO2pollution—on emissions from industrial firms suggests co-control potential is large, but without effective coordination policies can work at cross purposes.


Valerie J. Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is visiting the Management Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University in spring of 2017. Karplus studies resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts. Her work focuses on the role of institutions and management practices in explaining economic and environmental performance. Karplus is an expert on China’s energy system, including technology and business model innovation, energy system governance, and the management of air pollution and climate change. She works with an international collaborative team of researchers to study the micro and macro determinants of clean energy transitions in emerging markets.

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