Session Information

The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: How fast will it happen?

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Format: Mini Plenary

The transition to a clean energy economy is gaining significant momentum. At the same time, modelling and projections are often based on historical data making them poor predictors for the actual rate of future change.

More specifically, Dr. Lovins will speak to our ‘disruptive oil future’:

“As it confronts troubling fundamentals, the global oil industry is scrambling to shrink capital budgets to fit halved prices. Yet oil-industry strategists rarely notice that their most basic challenge is not lowered prices but weakening demand, as customers find powerful new ways to save or displace oil.  As the world begins to embrace a low-carbon future and the prospect of profitably getting off oil by 2050, what are the strategic implications—and opportunities—for oil companies and resource owners?”

Mr. Tamminen will touch on how large capital investments are driving the transition:

“The transition is accelerating because renewable energy and alternative fuels are getting cheaper (especially when factoring the cost of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions), while governments and corporations are increasing demand (especially in light of COP21 results), but the great limiting factor – or accelerator – is finance. Terry Tamminen will provide insights into how the world invests "trillions, not billions" (to quote UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres), to move from the "brown" economy to the "green", faster than anyone expects.

Extra credit to those who do the homework – read:

Gain insights from clean energy thought leaders on the key factors, policy actions, investment opportunities, and indicators to watch.

Topic Speakers

Amory B. Lovins, a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the "Alternative Nobel." Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards.

A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary U.S. architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has briefed 23 heads of state and written 31 books and over 530 papers. Cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute ( - an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources - his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of scores of buildings, several vehicles, and $40+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors. He led the creation of two of RMI's five for-profit spinoffs: E Source,, and Fiberforge,, which he chaired until 2007. His latest books with various coauthors include Natural Capitalism (, Small Is Profitable (, Winning the Oil Endgame (, The Essential Amory Lovins, and Reinventing Fire ( most recent of his visiting posts in ten universities were as 2007 MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford University's School of Engineering ( and as Professor of Practice at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Chief of Naval Operations and of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. In 2009, Time named him one of the world's 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. 



As the Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez is responsible for energy planning, promoting new and renewable energy, and low carbon technologies.  He is a member of the Board of Pemex, the Mexican Petroleum Institute and The Electrical Research Institute.  He is also the Chairman of the Board of the hydrocarbons, sustainability, and transition trust funds worth a billion US dollars.

Mr. Beltran was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies April 16 2010 at the Mexican Secretariat of Energy being responsible for technology development and sustainability, including climate change.
In the public sector started his career in 2005, as Director for International Negotiations in charge of the relationship between the Secretariat of Energy and the countries and for a from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
In 2005, he worked as a consultant to the World Bank collaborating in an on-going research on growth diagnostics for eastern European and Asian countries; he focused his analysis on productivity and innovation in Cambodia.  In 2004, he joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, where he engaged in research on corporate governance for Latin America and Spain.

Between 2000 and 2003 he was in the private sector doing consulting for BBVA Bancomer, for the economics research department.

He has published extensively on Mexican economic policy issues and he collaborated in a chapter of a book on corruption and growth (2000).

Born in 1974, Mr. Beltran, a Mexican citizen, holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, studied a Juris Doctor from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and has a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.