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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

Wednesday, 27 January, 2021 - 17:00 to 18:00
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Speakers: Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng (Arup), and Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng (Imperial College London)

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a new online series of topical fireside chats on current issues for the global professional engineering community. The series will bring together the thoughts of leading experts from across the Academy's networks including Fellows, awardees and engineering partners.

In this critical conversation, Academy CEO, Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, discusses decision-making for net zero in the face of uncertainty with special guests Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, Board member of Arup, and Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Dervilla and Nilay are also Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the National Engineering Policy Centre’s net zero project.

They will discuss the top priorities in working towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050, from upgrading infrastructure to meet more ambitious environmental standards to decarbonising construction. The conversation will focus particularly on how to transform the whole system fast enough to meet the target so that it also paves the way for other interventions in future.

They will highlight the role of engineers and the need for a holistic approach that enables the whole ‘system’ of policies, technologies and sectors to work together, alongside societal and behavioural change, to ensure a just transition to net zero. 

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