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EU-ETS linkage scenarios post-Brexit: how to design a UK-ETS?

When Jun 27, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where David Attenborough Building, Room 2.53 Wangari Maathi
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An exploratory workshop. A key issue to be resolved post-Brexit will be the relationship between the EU-ETS and the UK.  It is almost certain that the UK will want to link in with the EU-ETS, and new arrangements will be required to enable this.  This issue can be considered in the context of broader debates over linkages between the EU-ETS and other trading systems around the world.


This informal workshop will start with reflections from Massimiliano Montini and Simone Borghesi on the general features of linking ETS systems around the world, by using the EU ETS as a reference model and assessing other models along some selected comparability criteria.


The workshop will then move onto a wider discussion on different options that may arise with the UK post-Brexit scenario, with the aim of imagining how an UK ETS might be designed.  The aim is for participants to share their ideas and perspectives on this emerging question, which has so far received only very limited attention from academics and policymakers.

The Past Present and Future of Energy Modelling

When Jul 03, 2017 09:00 AM to
Jul 04, 2017 05:00 PM
Where M by Moncalm, 151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JH
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Please save the date for an innovative 4th annual conference with keynote speaker John Loughhead Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.


  • The past, retrospective analysis: a look back at over a decade of energy decarbonisation modelling, funded by RCUK and other bodies’ research investments, and impacting successive UK policy positions. 
  • The present, current analysis: a set of presentations on state-of-the-art on the implementation of the energy trilemma (decarbonisation, security, equity).
  • The future, new approaches: innovative sessions including focus groups and discussion sessions on developing and communicating the new insights in terms of technology, society, infrastructures and resources  needed by decision makers to achieve the energy systems transition challenge over the next decades.


100-120 attendees consisting of UK and international participants. Previous conferences have been attended by a diverse mix of experts from government, think-tanks, consultancy, academia, industry and consumers of model outputs. 

The wholeSEM conference has established itself as a major UK and international event and we attract a very high calibre of attendees from many major modelling teams.

The conferences are a chance to bring the modelling community together and showcase some of the excellent work that has been done over the year. 

PhD Students

PhD students are also invited participate in a poster competition and deliver insights from their work. If you are a PhD student doing research into energy models please find more information and how to apply to present at the conference.

If you would be interesting in attending the innovative 4th annual conference please subscribe to the WholeSEM mailing list for conference news and information about how to register.


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Energy for Transport

When Jul 06, 2017
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Hopkinson West Meeting Room, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street
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Speaker: Professor Gautam Kalghatgi, Principal Professional, Saudi Aramco   


Liquid fuels from petroleum currently supply around 95% of transport energy and even by 2040, this share is expected to be around 90%. The alternatives to conventional transport energy are growing but start from a low base and face barriers to rapid and sustainable growth. The global demand for transport energy will grow, mainly in developing countries and it will not be constrained by the supply of oil. However, the demand growth will be heavily skewed towards diesel and jet fuel rather than gasoline because there is far greater scope for reducing fuel consumption in the global light duty vehicle sector which predominantly runs on gasoline. Moreover, most rapidly growing alternatives, e.g. electric vehicles, are really relevant to small vehicles in the passenger car sector, and will further exacerbate this imbalance in demand growth. These changes will require big investments by the refining industry and will increase the availability of low octane gasoline-like components. It is important for auto and oil companies and other stakeholders to work together to develop highly efficient engine/fuel systems which can use such fuels.

Future fuel properties will also be affected by engine development trends which need to meet increasingly stringent requirements on efficiency, emissions, cost and customer expectations. For instance, the optimum fuel for future spark ignition engines is gasoline with high RON and/or low MON and for compression ignition engines, low octane or low cetane fuel.


Speaker Bio

Prof. Kalghatgi (Principal Professional, Saudi Aramco) is also a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London and at Oxford University. He has held similar professorial appointments in the past at KTH, Stockholm; Technical University, Eindhoven and Sheffield University. He joined Saudi Aramco in October 2010 after 31 years with Shell Research Ltd. in the U.K. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, SAE and I.Mech.E. and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He has made significant contributions to combustion, fuels and engine research and transport energy issues and has published around 140 papers and a recent book, “Fuel/Engine Interactions”.