The Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) is concluding a major study aimed at understanding the future role for natural gas in the rapidly growing economies of China and India. On June 4-5, 2007 PESD will convene a meeting at Stanford to present the results of the study and engage with participants from industry and academia on the implications of this work for global energy markets.
PESD has partnered with leading regional research centers in both China and India to construct detailed assessments of the key drivers for future gas demand in both countries. At the June meeting PESD and its research collaborators will share results from the natural gas study and explore the study's broader implications on China and India's role in the future world energy market. Meeting participants will include representatives from government, industry, academia, and non-government organizations from the United States, China, India, Europe, and others.
Panels at the meeting with focus primarily on the implications of the study on larger questions of energy and global geopolitics, including:
§ Competitiveness of natural gas vis a vis coal in the power sector
§ Geopolitical implications of major supply projects
§ Regulatory reform and pricing
§ Implications for CO2 and climate change