WRI President Dr. Andrew Steer will join Fatih Birol, Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, IEA, and U.S. government officials for the launch of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) special report Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC.

After a keynote presentation by Fatih Birol, Andrew will participate in a panel discussion with Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy; Polly Trottenberg, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. Dept. of Transportation; and David Burwell, Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

The IEA report highlights the growing challenges of rising emissions and outlines four specific measures for the energy sector that can be quickly and effectively implemented, at no net economic cost. Read Andrew’s recent blog post on the IEA report and U.S. climate policy.


  • Fatih Birol is chief economist of the IEA and is responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Birol has been named by Forbes among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene, and he is also the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board.

  • Daniel Poneman was nominated by President Obama to be deputy secretary of energy on April 20, 2009 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 18, 2009. Under the leadership of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Poneman also serves as chief operating officer of the Department of Energy.

  • Andrew Steer is the president and CEO of the World Resources Institute. He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front lines in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles.

  • Polly Trottenberg was nominated by President Obama to serve as the under secretary of Transportation for policy in June 2012, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2013. In this role, she serves as the principal adviser to the secretary while providing leadership in the development of policies for the department, generating proposals and advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation.


  • David Burwell is director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His work at Carnegie focuses on the intersection between energy, transportation and climate issues, and policies and practice reforms to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels.

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