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CGEP at COP27: Turning a Global Energy Crisis into A Climate Opportunity

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November 10, 2022

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Please note: To attend in person in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, attendees are required to register to attend the event and register to enter the Climate Action Innovation Zone.

Geopolitical upheaval, combined with an energy affordability crisis, is straining the ability of global markets to meet basic energy needs around the world at a time when the transition toward clean energy sources must accelerate. As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, policymakers are struggling to secure an affordable, reliable energy supply for their countries. At the same time, the consequences of unrestrained fossil fuel usage are coming into sharper focus, as humanitarian and economic costs mount from rising sea levels, heatwaves, wildfires, coastal inundation, and droughts. Despite recent hard-won progress, the world still remains off track from meeting global climate goals. It is therefore vital that the response to the current energy crisis also supports progress towards net zero, and in a way that does not reinforce historical inequalities surrounding energy access.

As the tensions between meeting current energy needs and accelerating climate action escalate, policymakers face a series of difficult choices. How can they ensure energy security and affordability without compromising the energy transition? And how can the energy transition address the historic inequities interwoven into the global energy system?

Join Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for a discussion with key stakeholders working to accelerate a just energy transition, as they explore the risks and opportunities of this moment. The panel will focus not only on how global events will shape this future opportunity, but also how the transition can rebalance an historically unjust relationship by enabling the Global South to become a key participant and anchor of a shared green energy future.


  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Energy & Climate Innovation Editor, The Economist


  • Jason Bordoff, Founding Director, Center on Global Energy Policy and Co-Dean, Columbia Climate School
  • Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ann Mettler, Vice President, Europe at Breakthrough Energy
  • Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Geopolitics & International Affairs at S&P Global Commodity Insights and former United States Ambassador to Mexico and Ukraine

This event will be hosted in person in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. All in-person attendees are required to register to attend the event and register to enter the Climate Action Innovation Zone. Please note: these are two separate registration pages and all attendees will need to register via both forms to access the event. We encourage you to explore the other event offerings taking place in the Climate Action Innovation Zone during COP27.

Advance registration for in-person attendance is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

The event will be live streamed on the CGEP website. Registration is not required to view the live stream. The video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk ([email protected]).

For more information about the event, please contact [email protected].

Register to attend the event in person in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Register to enter the Climate Action Innovation Zone


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