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Lecture “McKinsey Cost Curve” by Prof. Ralph Lescroart PDF Print E-mail


Lecture on "McKinsey Cost Curve" will be given by Prof. Ralph Lescroart on March 29th, 2010, at 3.15p.m., in Lecture Hall A0

Lecture  Summary

Climate change is happening now. Greenhouse gas emissions have to be cut drastically.  But by how much ?  Is it realistic ? Will it be difficult ? Does it mean going back to the Middle Ages ?  And what will it cost ?  In January 2009, McKinsey & Company issued the report "Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy", presenting an updated version of their already famous Abatement Cost Curve. What does the curve really tell us about our future ? Is there a hidden message ?



Ralph_LescroartBorn in 1949, married with 2 children and recent grandfather. I am a electrical engineer (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 1974). I've taught for 16 years in higher education in Zaire (now Congo). Then and until September 2008, I've been a professor of Thermodynamics and Energetics at the Haute Ecole Blaise Pascal, Department of Industrial Engineers. It is in this context that I became interested in climate science : "Why does Climate Change require us to change our energy consumption habits ?". For 7 years I have lectured extensively on the subject.

Despite my love for teaching, I retired "early" in order to devote myself to research in climatology under the supervision of Professor van Ypersele, Vice-Chair of the IPCC. I'm still delivering many lectures on the topic.


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