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New green jobs to clean up the UK energy system

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The UK government has set out plans to clean up the energy system, support up to 220,000 British jobs, and keep bills affordable as the transition to net zero by 2050 moves foward.

Energy and Carbon in the Anthropocene – Webinar recording available now.

Nick Eyre began the Michaelmas Colloquium series with a talk on ‘Energy and Carbon in the Anthropocene’ which also acted as an early lecture for Masters students in the School of Geography and Environment. The talk sets the future of energy in the context of the idea of the Anthropocene, the era of human domination of the Earth. It argues that, to prevent dangerous climate change, we need a rapid transition in our energy systems towards sustainable systems. The available evidence indicates that these will need to be based on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Whilst there are challenges to overcome, such systems are now possible and beginning to happen.

New retrofit standards, new roles, existing policy, do they all fit together?

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Marina Topouzi, Research Associate in Energy Demand at the Environmental Change Institute, has been involved in developing retrofit standards for low energy buildings that involve specifications for new roles and skills. She recently attended a training course to become qualified as a ‘Retrofit Co-ordinator’. She gives a short overview of how these different aspects are expected to be linked and changed to help deliver improvements to the UK’s building stock.

Early insights into the scale-up of smart local energy systems.

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The scale-up of smart local energy systems (SLES) that combine renewable energy (RE) and smart technologies for system flexibility has been seen as a potential way to accelerate the energy transition to deep decarbonisation (Ford et al, 2019).

What we need to do now: For a Zero-Carbon Future – Chris Goodall

Oxford Energy Society presents author, businessman and climate change expert Chris Goodall on Wednesday, 21 October.  Goodall’s ‘What We Need To Do Now: For a Zero-Carbon Future’ was short-listed for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation. His latest book, The Switch, covers the unstoppable rise of solar power.

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