Coherent Implementation of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies: The Case of Energy Transition

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Michael Benedict Yamoah


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Bio: Michael Benedict Yamoah is a sustainable development economist interested in topics related climate change, sustainable development, sustainable resources, risk management, business strategy, and behavioural economics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University College London BSEER, holds an MBA and certificate in corporate sustainability from NYU Stern School of Business, an MA International Economic Development from George Washington University ESIA, a BA in International Relations and Business Administration from Carroll College, and a BA coursework in Geography and Sociology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Michael Benedict has also been working as a director of ESG engagement at EOS Federated Hermes Limited covering engagement in North America and Europe, with a focus on technology hardware & software, mining & materials, energy, and financial services sectors. Prior to joining the EOS team at Federated Hermes Limited, he worked as a senior sustainability consultant and US climate strategy lead for Quantis International advising organisations on how to adopt science-based climate strategy with robust metrics, tools, and outcomes. He has also held various corporate and support roles, including acting climate and sustainability research lead at Aramco (US), sustainability and analytics manager at Bechtel Corporation, consultant for the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank, and international climate programme support at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC).

Abstract: Coherence in any form of policy or agenda implementation, at a practical level, implies that all policies in all sectors that have an impact in the same areas and intersect, seek synergies, or at least seek to avoid negative effects. This requires a clear definition of the objectives of both policies and actions, possible synergies, and criteria for determining which aspect will be given priority in the event of a conflict, which is often difficult. If done right, coherence can contribute to transparent cooperation and build trust to reach compromise between actors and lead to better socio-economic outcomes for all. It is about identifying common goals while ensuring that the work of one part does not undermine the work of another. This thinking, although, theorized, describes the challenge and need for considering climate change as a risk and opportunity for sustainable development, in particular, with regards to energy transition.

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Date and Time
Aug. 29, 2023, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Live Stream Online (Zoom and YouTube)
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UT Energy Symposium