Birmingham Leading Thinkers Lecture: Professor Jim Skea

Arts Building Main Lecture Theatre (Room 120)
Monday 28 January 2019 (17:00-18:30)

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The United Nations IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C: Implications and what comes next

Professor Jim Skea OBE CBE
Co-Chair United Nations IPCC GP III (mitigation)

The United Nations IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C achieved an enormous global impact when it was released in October 2018. It generated controversy at the Climate Convention in Poland at the end of 2018 when countries debated whether to welcome or acknowledge its findings.

Professor Skea's talk will explain the origins of the report and summarise the key findings, focusing on global emission pathways, implied system changes and the need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The talk will then address the follow-up to the report both in the policy sphere (consideration of net zero targets for the UK and the EU) and in terms of United Nations IPCC's ongoing work. 

About Professor Jim Skea

Jim Skea is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London with research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He is currently Co-Chair of Working Group III (mitigation) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was the Research Councils UK Energy Strategy Fellow 2012-2017, Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-2012 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 was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change from 2008 to 2018 and, from 2015-2017, was President of the Energy Institute. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004. 

There will be a Q and A session with time for networking at the end of the talk. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.

Please note: registrations have now closed for this event.

Birmingham Leading Thinkers Series

The Birmingham Leading Thinkers Series is an exclusive programme of keynote talks where inspirational leaders from across the world are invited to share their influential ideas that are leading change.