Energy Leaders Highlight Potential of Natural Gas to Accelerate Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy at Copenhagen Conference

Copenhagen, Denmark -The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), the United Nations Foundation (UNF), and the Worldwatch Institute are joining forces during a December 12 forum event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to highlight the potential for natural gas to accelerate the world's transition to a low-carbon economy.

WHAT:          "Natural Gas, Renewables and Efficiency: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy"

An afternoon forum will feature panels of industry and government experts with the goal of discussing concrete strategies for boosting natural gas's role in national climate change policies, and to facilitate the introduction of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

WHEN:           Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 13.30 to 17.30

WHERE:         Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) Building

                     Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, DK-1780 Copenhagen V

WHY:            

New sources of unconventional gas make possible the more rapid displacement of oil and coal, while    providing power back-up that encourages an accelerated adoption of wind, solar and other intermittent renewables. Compared with coal, natural gas allows a 50-70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the application. At the event, the ACSF will release a white paper on the global natural gas boom and its implications for climate action.

WHO:              Energy Newsmakers of the Day

  • Christopher Flavin, President of Worldwatch Institute
  • Vello Kuuskraa, President, Advanced Resources International
  • Aubrey K. McClendon, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Chairman of the Board, American Clean Skies Foundation
  • David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ian Smale, Group Head, Strategy and Policy, BP
  • Senator Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation

TO ATTEND OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Worldwatch Institute: Julia Tier

+1 202 452 1999 x594

jtier@worldwatch.org