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Energy Seminar: Climate and Air Pollution Consequences from US Energy Strategies - Ines Azevedo

October 21, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
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Precourt Institute for Energy
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This talk will cover three related recent/ongoing pieces of work: 1) Comparing the Health Damages from Air Pollution to the Value Added in the U.S. Economy (PNAS, 2019): Integrated assessment models are used to compute economy-wide gross external damages (GED) due to premature mortality from air pollution, with 4 key findings. 2) Fine Particulate Air Pollution from Electricity Generation in the US: Health Impacts by Race, Income, and Geography (ES&T, forthcoming):  An estimate the health effects from air pollution from electricity generation in the US, for each of the seven Regional Transmission Organizations, for each US state, by income and by race. Disparities by race/ethnicity are observed for each income category. 3) What are the best combinations of fuel-vehicle technologies to mitigate climate change and air pollution effects across the United States? (in review):   Estimating the life cycle monetized damages due to GHGs and criteria air pollutant emissions for different types of passenger-moving vehicles in the U.S.

Speaker bio:

Inês M.L. Azevedo recently joined the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University as Associate Professor. She also serves as Senior Fellow for the Woods Institute for the Environment. Prior to that, she was as Full Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where she still co-leads the Climate and Energy Decision Making Center ( Prof. Azevedo’s research interests focus on how to transition to a sustainable, low carbon, affordable and equitable energy system. She focusses on issues where a systems approach is needed, by combining engineering and technology analysis with economic and decision science approaches. She has published 80+ peer-reviewed publications. She has participated as an author and committee member in several National Research Council reports from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Azevedo has received the World Economic Forum’s “Young Scientists under 40” award in 2014, and the C3E Women in Clean Energy Research Award in 2017.

Admission Info

Free and open to all.