The International Law Institute is pleased to introduce the new two-day seminar Understanding the Path to Zero from October 12th to October 13th, 2021. This two-day seminar will focus on how to institutionalize legally-binding climate change regulations in both domestic and international systems to reduce the burden of climate change. Drawing on his years of experience in the energy sector, Mr. Robert Lesnick, the course advisor for this seminar, will guide participants to an enhanced understanding of the International Energy Association Net Zero Forecast, including what Net Zero is and how it can be achieved.

At the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the planet will heat up between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit between now and 2050. As a result of this potential danger, enforcing climate change obligations has been an increasing focus in the international sphere. While individual states have been making consistent progress in climate change reduction, international agreements play an important role in environmental preservation.

The first day of this seminar will focus on understanding the current state of climate change. Using terminology such as climate forcers, carbon dioxide equivalents, and greenhouse gases, Rob will discuss how the progression of global industrialization has contributed to the current climate crisis. Drawing from both historical and concurrent scientific data, this seminar will present a realistic perspective of climate change and potential climate change outcomes.

The second day of this seminar will discuss the importance of Net Zero and the global ability to meet this threshold. According to Rob, “Net Zero refers to a point in time where society emits a reduced amount of carbon dioxide and eventually nets the released gas to zero by doing other things to offset what society does emit by either sequestering the CO2 or by doing other things that offset that emission.” This seminar will cover steps that can be taken by businesses, governments, and society to reach Net Zero, including how to encourage international climate change agreements, how to utilize new technologies to decrease climate change, and how to promote accountability for violations of climate change commitments.

Course advisor Robert Lesnick has a wealth of knowledge of energy and consumption dynamics. He has worked in the oil and gas sector for the past 30 years, working at a major international oil company and the Oil Policy and Advisory Service Group at the World Bank. Rob will share his insights on Net Zero and the importance of institutionalizing climate change agreements to reduce the burden of industrialization on the earth.

Decision-makers and policy-makers alike will benefit from this unique seminar, which will inform them on the basics of Net Zero and forming international agreements. With course advisor Robert Lesnick’s extensive experience combined with the accessibility of a virtual educational setting, this seminar offers a valuable experience to learn about the challenges of achieving Net Zero in the current geopolitical sphere.

For more information on the seminar or course advisor, please visit our website here.


By: Marin Hein