Parth to Zero 


DATES: OCTOBER 12 - 13, 2021
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $500    








The global economic downturn associated with country closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided unexpected insight into a planet earth that may be saved from global warming. Renewed interest in climate change mitigation has reached unprecedented international support evidenced by individual country commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Many argue that this ambitious goal cannot be technically or economically achieved in this time frame. This course examines the current state of the world’s energy economy and future scenarios, probable and possible, that may shape our environmental future.



The seminar will be delivered live online in two sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, illustrations and discussions. 


Course Outline

This short-course is targeted at the strategic (vs analytic) level.   Although some statistical references are required, the discussion will focus on qualitative issues vs quantitative explanations and analyses.


Day 1:  Understanding the current state

  • Relationship of economies and energy consumption
  • Global primary energy supply components
  • Historical GHG emissions
  • GHG link to climate change
  • COVID-19 effects
  • Current Technologies
  • Possible climate change outcomes


Day 2:  Understanding the path to Carbon Neutrality

  • What is meant by Net-Zero?
  • Carbon cost calculus
  • The 2030 milestones
  • The 2050 Net-Zero world
  • Successful outcomes and unintended consequences

Course Advisor

Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects. He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.