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November 12, 2020

How Will Climate Change Impact Our Energy and Water Systems?

In this latest instalment of the Climate Risk Podcast, we will be taking a closer look at the financial risks associated with energy and water systems, and how these could change as the impacts of climate change increase.

In this series we have stressed the importance of risk professionals building up a holistic view of climate risk. This requires better understanding the complex and interconnected nature of key systems in the climate, economy and society.

Two of the most fundamental factors at play in our global system are undoubtedly energy and water, systems that are themselves highly interconnected. That’s why in today’s episode, you will hear from Michael Webber, one of the world’s leading thinkers on the subject of water, energy, and the risks generated by these complex systems.

This discussion will cover:

  • The interconnected systems of energy and water, and how these are being impacted by climate change
  • How to navigate the financial risk of these impacts
  • How to move forward - the role of technology, data and disclosures
  • Key trade-offs and unintended consequences of action


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Speaker's bio

Michael Webber – Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE & Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin

Michael’s expertise spans research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization on topics related to innovation, energy, and the environment.

In addition to authoring more than 400 publications and serving on the advisory board for Scientific American, Michael has published two insightful books on the topic of energy. 2016’s Thirst for Power addresses the connections between earth’s most valuable resources and offers an approach toward a sustainable future. 2019’s Power Trip is also packed full of insights as we attempt to resolve the tension that exists between our growing demand for energy and its impact on the planet.


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