New IEEE TAB Climate Change Program
Program Information Session is on August 2nd, 2022, 9AM EDT.
The session will provide information on the Climate Change Program framework, and how IEEE Members in the Smart Grid Community can get involved.
Many countries pledged to take necessary measures and limit temperature rise to 2oC or better yet, 1.5oC in the U.N. climate summit in Paris. In the 2018 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report, Controlling Temperature increase within 1.5oC would require the world reach net zero emissions by 2050.
However, according to a survey from Nature, many scientists think that it may reach a disastrous 3oC over preindustrial levels and around 60 percent of experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expect average global temperatures to reach that level by the end of this century if governments will not markedly slow the pace of global warming (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02990-w). That dynamic is playing out again at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. The Prime Minister of Barbados, Ms. Mia Mottley, declares that 2oC of temperature rise would be a “death sentence” for island countries. On November 13, COP26 has concluded with nearly 200 countries agreeing the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5oC alive and finalize the outstanding elements of the Paris Agreement.
In November 2019, IEEE Board of Directors precisely acknowledged this dilemma and issued an extraordinary Declaration. The resolution calls upon IEEE members and Operating Units to create frameworks to foster global cooperation within and across disciplines by developing and promoting, in IEEE’s fields of interest, technically feasible and economically viable solutions to sustainability. The resolution calls upon IEEE members and Operating Units to create frameworks to foster global cooperation within and across disciplines by developing and promoting, in IEEE’s fields of interest, technically feasible and economically viable solutions to sustainability.
Under the leadership of Bruno Meyer, IEEE Vice President Technical Activities, IEEE TAB Climate Change Program is established. This is a joint effort; we are inviting the leadership and experts of all major IEEE organizational units (both volunteers and professional staff) to coordinate and collaborate on this important and complex issue.
The session will provide the framework of the climate change program and encourage the participation from IEEE Members in the Smart Grid Community.
To register for the live information session, August 2nd, 2022, 9AM EDT. Register Here!
IEEE Fellow, member of National Academy of Inventors, and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas
Wei-Jen Lee (S’85-M’85-SM’97-F’07) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center.
Prof Lee has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and 3002.8. He is currently the President of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), co-chair of IEEE Joint OU Ad Hoc on Sustainable Development (SDAH), chair of IEEE TAB Climate Change Program, member of IEEE Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate IEEE Response to Climate Change (CCIRCC), member of Pillar 4 at Global Power System Transformation (G-PST), member of United Nations Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), and chair of IEEE Smart Cities Education Committee. He is also the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.
Prof. Lee has been involved in research on utility deregulation, renewable energy, smart grid, microgrid, energy internet and virtual power plants (VPP), arc flash hazards and electrical safety, load and wind capacity forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real-time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrument for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred and ten funded research projects. He has published more than two hundred and ten journal papers and three hundred and ten conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.