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Carbon Neutrality and Energy Transition: What do they mean and how will impact our lives?

Monday, June 21, 2021

Event Time

June 21, 2021 | Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
June 21, 2021 | Monday
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Event

Countries around the world are increasingly focused on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Many new concepts like energy transition, carbon neutrality, and net zero emissions are becoming mainstream. Since China’s announcement last September to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, other countries including Japan, South Korea, and the United States have put forth similar net zero targets (by 2050). As governments implement more policies to reach these ambitious pledges and bring oil, gas, and coal consumption to near zero within the next three to four decades, the global economy is also poised for unprecedented transformation.

During this online event on June 21, senior expert Xizhou Zhou ’05, ’06 MEM, will discuss some key questions about the future of sustainability and implications for the global economy, including:

  • What does energy transition mean?
  • Will key Asian countries reach their emissions reduction targets?
  • How will these impact people's daily lives?
  • Multiple regions around the world experienced power outages or rationing during the past year—how much are these related to energy transition?
  • How will energy prices change for consumers as our energy system evolves?

The Speaker

Xizhou Zhou ’05, ’06 MEM
Vice President, IHS Markit

Xizhou Zhou is a vice president at IHS Markit and leads the company’s power and renewables practice globally. Zhou has expertise in power and renewable market fundamentals analysis and forecasting, power market design and policy analysis, renewable energy business models, and company strategies.

Before his ten-year tenure in Beijing, Zhou began his career at IHS Markit through one of its predecessor companies, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), as part of its Emerging Markets and Global Power groups in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before that, he worked as a consultant on regulatory economics for Industrial Economics, Inc. in Boston and as a research analyst at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC.

Zhou holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Environmental Management, both from Yale University. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Yale-China Association and is currently an editorial board member of China Petroleum Society’s official journal, Guoji Shiyou Jingji (International Petroleum Economics). He is currently based in Washington, DC.

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