Thursday 17 March 2016, 4pm - 5:30pm (followed by drinks reception)
Please be aware that the location of the event has now changed to Gisbert Kapp Building (G8 on the campus map), Lecture Theatre (NG16)
Global Energy: Options and Implications
Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London
The lecture will provide a synoptic overview of global energy challenges, focusing principally on the excess availability of fossil fuels compared to the carbon budget that would keep average global temperatures to below 2oC. It will consider the energy technologies and policies that will be necessary to reduce carbon emissions to the necessary extent and explore the macroeconomic implications of implementing these.
Paul Ekins is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and the UKERC’s Co-Director, leading on its Energy Resources theme. In addition, he is a member of UNEP's International Resource Panel, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, a Senior Consultant to Cambridge Econometrics and he leads UCL’s participation in the EPSRC SUPERGEN consortium on hydrogen fuel cells and on bioenergy research.
He is a member of Ofgem’s high-level Sustainable Development Advisory Group and was Chairman of the Government-funded National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the UK’s most successful programme to improve resource productivity. In 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the DG Environment Commissioner’s High-Level Economists Expert Group on Resource Efficiency and a member of the European Commission's high-level European Resource Efficiency Platform. In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in the UK's New Year's Honours List for services to environmental policy.
To attend, please turn up at Gisbert Kapp Building, Lecture Theatre NG16.