Energy Policy Today

Energy Policy Today: The Environment, the Economy, and Contemporary Politics

April 12, 2017 at 1pm Battelle-Tompkins 228




Many companies and sectors are reevaluating their carbon footprint. They are seeking alternate ways that incorporate the use of sustainable energy. With growing populations, the declining access to other natural resources and the repercussions of having exhausted them, the future of energy has become a highly discussed and challenging topic.



About Our Speaker:


Claire Brunel is an assistant professor at American University. She is particularly interested in
providing empirical evidence of the links between environmental policies and international competitiveness. For example, she asks whether policies that encouraged the use and the development of renewable energies in the OECD led to an increase in domestic innovation and manufacturing, or rather to a rise in the licensing and importing of foreign technologies. Other works examine the role of the offshoring of polluting industries in emissions reductions of EU and US manufacturing and how to measure the stringency of environmental policies.





Claire Brunel not only sees the intersection of environmental economics and international trade, she continues to seek new information that points to it. Brunel recently collaborated with Georgetown Professor Arik Levinson on a project that measured the stringency of environmental regulations. The project examined whether regulations in the U.S. contributed to policies regarding investment, labor demand and international trade. Her current work pertains to the progress and study of solar panel subsidies, the co-benefits of environmental regulations in the U.S. and trade diversification patterns of developing countries.