Thursday, April 17, 2014

UN Climate Change-Energy Expert to Deliver Remarks in Madison

April 17, 2014

Nguyen Khac Tiep, an international leader in sustainable energy options to battle the effects of climate change, will speak at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, in Room 1630, Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

He leads the United Nation’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Program and will deliver, “Climate Change and Energy: Current Status, Future Scenarios and Impact; and Related UNIDO Work.”

“Energy is a prerequisite for development of every country and economy on our planet. But energy is also the main emitter of the greenhouse gas, which is the main cause for global warming,” Tiep said. “Global transformation toward sustainable energy systems is necessary and the window of opportunity for action is now: The business-as-usual approach will not suffice.”

UNIDO stands for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The organization’s mission is offering universal access to modern energy services, doubling global energy efficiency rates and doubling the share of renewable energy in energy matrices.

Tiep currently manages about $79 million in projects that include low-carbon transport options for businesses, implementing industrial energy efficiency and using solar thermal energy. Some of the countries in which he’s working include China, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Ecuador and Myanmar.

Tiep’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

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