Past events

06 Dec

CREDS in Conversation series: Digitisation for People and the Planet

Digitalisation is one of the high-level trends that will significantly impact future energy demand and carbon emissions, whilst creating social challenges and opportunities. Drawing on work within CREDS and by leading European researchers, this seminar will examine how pathways for digitalisation in energy and mobility could be directed towards reducing energy demand and enhancing social justice. Steffen Lange and Tilman Santarius [...]

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06 Dec

The Role of Climate Education in Achieving Net Zero: A Cross-Sector Perspective

With speakers including Jonathan Dewsbury, Senior Responsible Owner for Sustainability and Climate Change, Department for Education and Dr Lynda Dunlop, Senior Lecturer in Science Education, University of York Science Education Group. We are delighted to welcome an expert panel to discuss the importance of climate education in tackling the climate crisis and supporting the UK’s Net Zero strategy.  Join us for [...]

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01 Dec

UK Climate Change Ambition: Meeting the UK’s Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Commitments

Key speakers: Cllr Donna Stimson, Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew, Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Milton Keynes Council Prof John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy & Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast, & Co-Chair of Belfast Climate Commission James Hand, Co-Founder of [...]

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29 Nov

Energy Seminar – week 8: POSTPONED to 24th January 2023 – Positive low energy futures – Energy demand reduction options for meeting national zero-emission targets in the United Kingdom

John Barrett - speaking in person

Summary: In recent years, global studies have attempted to understand the contribution that energy demand reduction could make to climate mitigation efforts. I will present the bottom-up, whole-system framework that we developed for the UK to estimate the potential for energy demand reduction at a country level. Replicable for other countries, our framework demonstrates that the UK can reduce energy [...]

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Seminar | Week 8
29 Nov

Drop-in fuels from sunlight and air

Professor Aldo Steinfeld, Chair of Renewable Energy Carriers, ETH Zurich

Developing solar technologies for producing carbon-neutral transportation fuels has become a global energy challenge, especially for the long-haul aviation sector. A promising solution are drop-in fuels produced from H2O and CO2 − synthetic alternatives for petroleum-derived liquid hydrocarbons such as kerosene, gasoline or diesel, which are compatible with the worldwide existing infrastructures for fuel distribution, storage, and end-use. Professor Aldo [...]

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23 Nov

Speculative hydrogen futures and ambitions for green recovery in the eastern Adriatic

Marc Brightman, University of Bologna, Italy

The industrial landscape of the port of Ravenna, emblematic of Italy’s postwar industrial recovery, is now the scene for new fantasies of energy-driven economic recovery. Two hydrogen projects lobbied the government for a share of Italy’s allocation from the EU pandemic recovery fund: ENI, the Italian oil major, proposed an ambitious programme of blue hydrogen production, using methane from existing [...]

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22 Nov

Energy Seminar – week 7: Inescapable Obligations: an examination of the government’s energy security announcements

Tim Stone - speaking in person

Summary:   This presentation, on the government’s energy security announcements, will examine them in the context of events since 2004, looking at the overall energy system, including nuclear energy policy.​It will be a non-partisan examination of the developments from the perspectives of both inside and outside Whitehall. Speaker:  Tim Stone is the Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association and also the Chairman [...]

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Seminar | Week 7
22 Nov

Why SLES?: The Value Case for Smart Local Energy Systems

‘Why SLES?’, a question that comes up time and time again from energy decision-makers, so we’re putting it directly to some of those responsible for delivering Smart Local Energy System (SLES) projects. At this workshop, participants, each involved in one of six different PfER (Prospering from the Energy Revolution) funded demonstrator and detailed design projects, will pitch the value case for [...]

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