Thu, Oct. 22, 2015
8 am - 1 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall

As the world prepared for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Consulate General of France in Houston were pleased to host the “Confronting Climate Change: Policies and Opportunities” conference. The event was part of FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS), a series of public conferences in 12 cities across the United States and Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Two expert panels shared various views on policy options for confronting climate change. The first panel focused on the role of regulation in preparing for climate change. Speakers also explored the changing legal landscape from the perspectives of France and the United States. A second panel considered how the business industry is positioning itself to address climate change going forward, with a particular focus on the energy sector.

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Panel 1
Panel 2





8:00 am



Continental Breakfast

8:30 am



Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

Kenneth B. Medlock, Ph.D., James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

Sujiro Seam
Consul General of France to Houston

8:45 am



Panel I – Climate Change and Public Policy

Moderator: Suzanne Beaudette Murray, J.D., Partner, Hayes and Boone LLP

Frédéric Bontems
Director for Development and Global Public Goods, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Bank, France

Megan Ceronsky, J.D.
Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Enery and Climate Change Policy

Margo T. Oge
Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

10:15 am    


10:30 am    

Panel II – How are companies positioning themselves regarding climate change?

Moderator: Kenneth B. Medlock, Ph.D.

Mark Anderson
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, EDF Inc.

Eric Bradley
Senior Vice President of Strategy, ENGIE, North America

John Caldwell, Ph.D.
Director of Economics, Edison Electric Institute


Luncheon Keynote

Steve Corneli
Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy, NRG Energy



Thu, Oct. 22, 2015
8 am - 1 pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago


James A. Baker III Hall