Torcuato Di Tella University (Argentina) – Annual Conference 2022

On August 25, the 5th CEPE Annual Conference was held, entitled “Energy, Climate Change and Growth: The Path to Sustainable Development”

The Center for Evidence-Based Policy Evaluation convened experts and participants for its flagship event. In its fifth edition, the Conference focused on climate change , sustainable agricultural activities and the energy transition . The choice of this agenda was linked to its relevance at the international level, but also to the opportunities and challenges it represents for the country.

With nearly 600 registrants and more than 1,000 participants, the CEPE Conference returned to Campus in a hybrid format. We received attendees in the Aula Magna and we were also joined by participants via Zoom and YouTube.

The event began with a few words of welcome from the rector of the University, Juan José Cruces , and the executive director of CEPE, Gastón Gertner . We then heard an opening presentation by Delfina Godfrid on the climate crisis, in a hopeful and optimistic key. The rest of the agenda was made up of two thematic blocks.

The first panel of the morning was moderated by Micaela Carlino and Delfina Godfrid , where they discussed the expectations of the next Climate Change Summit and international regulations. The second panel was organized by Elisa Belfiori and dealt with the opportunities that exist in the field of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The last panel of the first block was organized and moderated by two Ditellian students: Ana Bakker and Francisco Olivero . This youth panel focused on the demands of youth and their interest in the climate agenda.

The second block began with a panel focused on the state of the energy transition in the world, organized by Hayley Stevenson . The complexities of the process, the need for long-term policies and technology were discussed. An interlude on Behavioral Sciences and the climate agenda was then developed, led by Gastón Gertner . The focus was on the biases that limit change and the possibilities that exist to deal with climate change. The fourth panel of the day was organized by Nicolás Gadano who, together with leading experts from the energy sector, spoke about the energy transition in the country. The need for planning and the role that tariffs play. 

The closing of the day was a one-on-one talk between the academic director of CEPE and dean of the School of Government,  Eduardo Levy Yeyati , and Miguel Galuccio . The founder, CEO and president of Vista shared his views on the technology, investments and opportunities that exist in Vaca Muerta. 

We want to thank our sponsors, without whom this conference would not have been possible: Camuzzi , Dow , Enel and Grupo Techint . We also thank the organizations that accompanied us, the British Embassy in Buenos Aires , the Argentine Committee of the World Energy Council (CACME) , the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and La Nación .