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Buckinghamshire New University

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Chris Jones is a CIBSE Member, Chartered Environmentalist and Incorporated Engineer who has specialised on exploring the fundamental connections between Energy, Economy and Environment. He contributed to the Energy Institute’s Chartered Environmentalist Programme.

We tend to presume our technological future by extending the present trajectory. But such expectations, economic doctrine and planning for limitless growth rarely consider resource limitations on a finite planet, or diminishing resource efficiency as resources, whilst substantial, resources become more difficult to extract and supply at prices real economies can afford.

The alternative perspective suggests that we have underestimated the complexity of resources and economies; that critical resources are now reaching limits, with feedbacks into real economies. But diminishing returns go some way to explain why our energy transition is slower than demanded by our climate predicament, and perhaps even going into reverse. In this seminar, we welcome debate on rarely-ventured alternative futures.

Many of the realities are taking root in the form of more orthodox problem solving, just see the uncertainties being raised now about policymaking. These seminars to other CIBSE Regions have been widely described as enlightening evenings which get people thinking and seeing different perspectives on our own futures. And

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