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Reinventing Fire: The Business-Led Transition Beyond Fossil Fuels

Amory B. Lovins

What: Reinventing Fire: The Business-Led Transition Beyond Fossil Fuels talk by Amory B. Lovins
When: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Where: Robertson Hall Bowl 016

A 2.6x-bigger 2050 U.S. economy could need no oil, coal, or nuclear energy and one-third less natural gas; emit 82–86% less fossil carbon; cost $5 trillion less; require no new inventions nor Acts of Congress; and be led by business for profit. Integrating all four energy-using sectors (transport, buildings, industry, electricity) and four kinds of innovation (technology, policy, design, and strategy) can yield tripled efficiency (often with expanding returns thanks to integrative design), ~74%-renewable total supply, and an 80%-renewable, half-distributed, highly resilient electric grid.

Physicist Amory B. Lovins is cofounder, Chief Scientist, and Chairman Emeritus of Rocky Mountain Institute; advisor to major firms and governments worldwide on advanced energy efficiency; author of 31 books and over 490 papers; and recipient of the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, honorary AIA, Swedish engineering academician, and former Oxford don, he has taught at ten universities. He is an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.