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Is there such a thing as a free lunch?

Posted by Daniel Hall on May 19, 2008

Yes, at least if you can be in DC at Resources for the Future on June 4:

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: What are the Opportunities, at What Price and Through What Policies?

A central question for U.S. climate policy is the opportunity and cost of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the best approaches to achieve them. In December, McKinsey & Company and the Conference Board released a major report — Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost? This analysis finds that 30 to 45 percent of forecast 2030 greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced at costs of less than $50 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent — and potentially far less if sizeable energy efficiency gains are captured. Our panel will describe and discuss these findings and their implications for the current policy debate.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
A light buffet lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by sending your contact details in an email to

The McKinsey study that will be discussed has gotten a lot of publicity for suggesting that there are many large free lunches to be had in the energy and emissions arena — we can reduce emissions for negative total costs — particularly with energy efficiency projects. I will be there and am very curious to hear what one of the report authors says about the study.

Here’s a previous post from Rich on the McKinsey study.

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