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Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus, IGSD Chief Scientist, Named to 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100 Honoree List


Washington, DC, 29 November 2021— Environment+Energy Leader announced today that IGSD’s Chief Scientist Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus has been named to the 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100, recognizing environment and energy “doers” who break trail in creating new solutions, programs, platforms, best practices, and products to help achieve greater success in commercial and industrial environment and energy management.

Dr. Dreyfus is an expert on fast climate mitigation strategies, including reducing the short-lived climate pollutants which is the best strategy available to cut near-term climate warming. Most recently, she served as the lead coordinating author on a synthesis report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the intersection of energy efficiency and the phasedown of f-gases in the cooling sector. The Cooling Emissions and Policy Synthesis Report, published July 2020, confirmed the significant mitigation available from the dual HFC and improved energy efficiency strategy—the equivalent of up to 260 billion tons of CO2 by 2050, and up to 460 by 2060. Dr. Dreyfus was also the lead author of the longer underlying assessment of the report, the Assessment of Climate and Development Benefits of Efficient and Climate-Friendly Cooling, among many other publications.

Now at IGSD, Dr. Dreyfus previously served as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of International Climate and Clean Energy and held various fellowships at the U.S. Senate, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Dreyfus received a doctorate in Geosciences from Princeton University and Sorbonne Université for her research reconstructing climate change history from Antarctic ice core records conducted at the Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement and Princeton.

“For those of us lucky enough to know Gabby, we discover that she is a remarkable type of scientist who first uses science to identify solutions to the climate crisis and then works successfully with policymakers and businesses to implement them,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of IGSD. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gabby for nearly a decade and learn something new from her every day. I am thrilled she has been recognized as part of this year’s Honorees. Bravo.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual Environment+Energy Leader 100 showcases “movers and shakers who are making a difference”. Those who ensure “that the world we live in continues its transformation into a more resource-efficient, sustainable place for future generations”.

See the complete list of this year’s honorees and past honorees here.

Watch for individual Q&As published in Environment+Energy Leader throughout the year to find out what the 100 are working on. Subscribe to their e-newsletter here.

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