Emily Grubert

Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Policy

Keough School of Global Affairs, College of Engineering

Office
O302 Hesburgh Center For International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Email
egrubert@nd.edu

Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Policy

  • Managing the energy transition
  • Justice in the energy and climate transition
  • Macro energy systems
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Multicriteria decision support
  • Carbon management
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Grubert in the News

Yahoo! News, Chicago Tribune, MSN

Dozens of Illinois communities urged to extend use of coal-fired power plant near Marissa

Emily Grubert, an associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame, has urged elected officials and other policymakers to be straight with Americans about impending job losses in the fossil fuel industry. Leaders should prepare now for a decline in local tax revenues after coal plants close, she has said.

Grist

One way or another, new EPA rules will stop pollution from coal-fired emissions

“This is a regulation that on its face appears to be mostly about CCS,” said Emily Grubert, a civil engineer and environmental sociologist at the University of Notre Dame. But Grubert believes that the rule can be harnessed for other ends: “The goal of the climate movement is for it to be about plant retirement.”

E.P.A. Severely Limits Pollution From Coal Burning Power Plants

Emily Grubert, an associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame, said it was possible but unlikely that coal plants would be able to continue operating under the new regulations.

The Tyee | Canada

Green Energy or Greenwashing? Inside FortisBC’s ‘Renewable Gas’ Claims

Despite Fortis’s climate-friendly branding, renewable natural gas emissions impacts can vary. In some cases, Emily Grubert, associate professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, found it can be more polluting than fossil gas.

Anchorage Daily News

The world’s leader in carbon capture shows why it’s a long shot

Deploying CCS is so energy intensive and expensive, said Emily Grubert, a professor at the University of Notre Dame. “If you’re not required to do it, you’re not going to do it.”

Environmental News Bits

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

Emily Grubert, associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame and a former official at the U.S. Department of Energy, explains why large-scale LNG exports raise complex questions for U.S. policymakers.

Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

Emily Grubert, associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame and a former official at the U.S. Department of Energy, explains why large-scale LNG exports raise complex questions for U.S. policymakers.

Yahoo! News, The Indianapolis Star

EPA OKs state's first plant to cut CO2 emissions through sequestration. What that means.

Emily Grubert, professor at the University of Notre Dame who previously worked on carbon management with the U.S. Department of Energy, said carbon capture and storage is technology that in specific settings may help reach climate goals.

The World’s Next Big Carbon Capture Challenge? Figuring Out How to Use It

One of those hard-to-abate sectors is cement, which accounts for about 8% of global emissions. While parts of the cement-making process can be electrified, some of the CO2 emissions from production are “fundamental to the process,” said Emily Grubert, an associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame.

ClimateWire

DOE docs: Carbon removal proposal bets on rare nuclear reactors

Emily Grubert, who served in the Biden DOE as deputy assistant secretary for carbon management, said the proposal’s inclusion of a sustainable aviation fuel plant and rail shipment of CO2 suggests CarbonCapture could be hedging its bets on sequestering carbon. “The decision to add a SAF facility makes me feel like the company’s actual intent is to make SAF,” said Grubert, who is now a sustainable energy policy professor at the University of Notre Dame.

The World’s Leader in Carbon Capture Shows Why It’s a Long Shot

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Deploying CCS is so energy intensive and expensive, said Emily Grubert, a professor at the University of Notre Dame. “If you're not required to do it, you're not going to do it.”

Tech HQ

Technology to save the planet

Emily Grubert, associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame, said that with billions of dollars rushing into carbon removal, it’s crucial to decide how big a role it should play in tackling climate change.

In a U.S. First, a Commercial Plant Starts Pulling Carbon From the Air

The debate over how big a role carbon removal should play in tackling climate change is still in early stages, said Emily Grubert, associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame. But with billions of dollars rushing in, she said, it’s a crucial discussion.

Would an occasional blackout help solve climate change?

The power grid is already prone to blackouts caused by events as small and difficult to avoid as a squirrel chewing on an electric line, said Emily Grubert, a civil engineer and environmental sociologist at the University of Notre Dame.

Mother Jones

Just How Clean Is “Clean” Hydrogen, Anyway?

“Right now it’s a completely meaningless term,” says Emily Grubert, who studies sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame.

HuffPost

The U.S. Finally Has A Real Climate Law. Get Ready For More Pipelines.

“There’s a massive amount of infrastructure across multiple industries — regulated differently, owned differently, with different profit structures and different expertise — that [goes] into the maintenance of fossil fuel supply chains,” said Emily Grubert, an associate professor of sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame.

How Clean is ‘Clean’ Hydrogen?

“Right now it’s a completely meaningless term,” says Emily Grubert, who studies sustainable energy policy at the University of Notre Dame.

This climate techno-fix is back in vogue

That could prolong fossil fuel dependence while increasing costs, which are ultimately paid by consumers, according to Emily Grubert, an energy policy professor at the University of Notre Dame who recently finished a stint in the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.