A talk by James Smith - How do we get low carbon energy at least cost?
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 from 16:00 to 17:30 (GMT)
How do we get low carbon energy at least cost?
The world needs more energy and less carbon dioxide. In the first half of this century global energy demand will probably double and, to avoid climate damage, carbon dioxide emissions will need to be halved. We also need to make low carbon energy as affordable as possible and ensure it is available when needed.
Can all this be done? Have we got the technology, the money, the time, the skills and the determination?
The low carbon energy challenge is daunting but it creates opportunities for countries, companies and individuals.
James Smith is chair of the Carbon Trust and chair of the advisory board of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change at Imperial College and LSE. He is a Trustee of the Science Museum, on the board of London South Bank University, where he is a visiting professor, and a former President of the Energy Institute. He chairs the advisory board of the Association for Black Engineers in the UK. Before retiring he was on the advisory boards of Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity, the employer groups for gender and racial diversity.
James retired from Shell in April 2011 after 7 years as Chairman of Shell UK. He joined Shell in 1983. He and his family lived for a period in Malaysia and Brunei. He worked on Shell business in a number of Middle Eastern countries and in the US. He was head of technology in Shell Chemicals.
James grew up in the far north of Scotland. He has a degree in physics and is a chartered accountant. Before joining Shell he worked with Accenture. He is married and has a grown up son. His interests include sports, mainly tennis and golf, the arts and the natural world.
When & Where
Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies
A Low Carbon Future?
Our Doctoral Training Centre, which spans a range of disciplines and faculties across the University, aims to train tomorrow's leading researchers in areas as diverse as energy engineering and climate economics, transport studies and future fuels.
Full details can be found on the UKERC Energy DTC website.