UCL ISR, UCL-Energy and UKERC Public Lecture
Can innovation reconcile energy and climate change aspirations?
Jim Skea, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow and Professor of Sustainable Energy
Current energy technologies available to the market at scale are not capable of reducing CO2 emissions to levels compatible with achieving the UNFCCC goal of limiting global warming to 2°C. The last decade has seen a significant scaling up of both public and private sector energy RD&D efforts, but these have yet to reach the levels required to achieve climate policy goals. Indeed, much of the private sector effort will have the effect of extending the fossil fuel resource base.
This talk will address: trends in innovation activities; the role of new and improved technology in various emissions projections; investment priorities and methods for establishing them; and what institutional frameworks and policy instruments will be most conducive to innovation that will help the achievement of a low-carbon transition. The talk will draw on recent case study work conducted at Imperial College, noting that energy innovation systems now transcend national boundaries due to international co-operation, the mobility of human capital and the activities of multinational companies.
Jim Skea has research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He has been RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow since April 2012 and a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College since 2009. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004.
He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making and business throughout his career. He is Vice-President and President-elect of the Energy Institute. He is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and a Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.
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The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm, please make sure you arrive on time.
When & Where
UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.