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Climate change commitments at the corporate level: motivation and effectiveness

When Dec 07, 2020
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
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Panel:
Professor Jon Gibbins (University of Sheffield and Director of the UKCCSRC)
Dr Robert Ritz (Department of Economics, University of Cambridge)
Dr Emily Shuckburgh (University of Cambridge and Director of Cambridge Zero)

We would like to invite you to attend a series of four webinars entitled “Net-zero: can we get there as a society?”, which will feature talks and panel discussions to discuss socially acceptable pathways to Net-zero. This is an interdisciplinary initiative co-led by the Chemical Engineering Department, the Chemistry Department and the Judge Business School from the University of Cambridge and supported by the Energy Transitions IRC.

Registration is possible to a single webinar or the whole series.

Part of the NET ZERO: Can we get there as a society? series.

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BPI Masterclass 2020: Energy Supply and Demand

When Dec 07, 2020 09:45 AM to
Dec 08, 2020 04:30 PM
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The BPI will be hosting a Masterclass in Energy Supply and Demand from 7—8 December 2020. There will be a series of talks from world leaders in the different sources of energy supply, and the technical challenges with these different sources; presentations on the energy supply network, including the grid, batteries and other storage systems; and a series of talks on innovations in demand for energy as well as carbon management, including climate and decarbonisation.

Speakers include: Richard McMahaon (Wind Power); Henning Sirringhaus (Solar Power); Andy Woods (Carbon Sequestration); Rob Middleton (The Grid); Angelo Amorelli (Carbon Management); Bill Nuttall (Nuclear Power); David Reiner (Policy).

The programme will be held through zoom this year. Please register by following this link, using your @cam email address, if you have one.

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Digital Technologies and the Planet: Towards Net Zero

When Dec 10, 2020 01:00 PM to
Dec 11, 2020 05:30 PM
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Human activity has increased atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration by more than 40% since pre-industrial times. This, and increases in other greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide, has led to a global average temperature rise of 1°C above pre-industrial levels. If emissions continue to increase at their present rate, temperatures could rise by more than 4°C by 2100. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be feasible. To achieve a 1.5°C target, the net emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases, principally CO2, would have to reach ‘net zero’ level by around 2050. In the next decade urgent, ambitious and concerted action is required across all countries and sectors to deliver rapid emissions reductions. Rapid and unprecedented changes in energy, land use, urban development, transport, infrastructure and industrial systems are needed, with implications for how individuals live and work.

Digital technologies could support this transformation. These technologies have already reshaped many daily activities – from online retail to on-demand transport services – with individuals using data-enabled systems to bring physical activities into the digital realm, reducing carbon emissions in the process. As technologies develop and systems for data use evolve, there will be further opportunities to find new ways of carrying out everyday tasks, with digital technologies bolstering a low-carbon revolution.

Speakers will include:
Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero
Professor Jim Skea, Imperial College London and Co-chair IPCC Working Group III, UK
Professor Andrew Hopper, Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge
Dimitri Zenghelis, Bennett Institute Cambridge University
Alexandra Bolton, Centre for Digital Built Britain, University of Cambridge
Dr Ruchi Choudhary, Reader of Architectural Engineering, University of Cambridge

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The Path to a Net Zero UK 2020 Dennis Anderson Lecture

When Dec 16, 2020
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
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Speaker: Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee

This lecture will cover ground-breaking new analysis from the Climate Change Committee. It will detail the choices for fully decarbonising the UK economy and advising on a path to meeting the UK’s Net Zero target by 2050 at the latest. The Climate Change Committee’s latest advice will be published on 9 December. The lecture will explore the basis of its recommendations on the UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget - the level of greenhouse gases the UK can emit during the period 2033-2037. Chris will provide a deep dive on how the UK can achieve Net Zero, the landscape as we emerge from the pandemic, and how this feeds into UK climate diplomacy in 2021.

 

Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate. Chris led the CCC’s work in 2019 to recommend a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – now brought into law. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero-carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency. Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies.

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Hydrogen: Its Role in the UK Economy

When Jan 25, 2021
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
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Speaker: Professor Nigel Brandon, Imperial College London

Prof Nigel Brandon OBE FREng is Dean of Engineering and Chair of Sustainable Development in Energy at Imperial College London. His research is focused on electrochemical devices for low carbon energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries.

He is Director of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN Hub (www.h2fcsupergen.com), and Chair of Imperial's Sustainable Gas Institute (www.imperial.ac.uk/sustainable-gas-institute). He is a founder of Ceres Power (www.cerespower.com), an AIM listed fuel cell company spun out from Imperial College in 2000, a founder and Director of RFC Power (www.rfcpower.com), a flow battery company spun out from Imperial College in 2018, and a Partner in Galvanic Energy, which offers specialist Consultancy services in the electrochemical technology space (https://galvanicenergy.co.uk).

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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Aircraft Electrification

When Feb 25, 2021
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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Speaker: Dr Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez (Ultra Electronics)

The aeronautical industry is undergoing a transformation to address the demands from our society to reduce its environmental impact. More specifically, there is a drive to eliminate emissions and noise pollution from airports near urban areas. One approach pursued by most small and large aircraft manufacturers is the electrification of aircraft systems, from propulsion and distribution to actuation.

By removing fuel and hydraulic systems, and some parts of the pneumatic and mechanical systems, aircraft become more efficient and reliable. However, some challenges remain and full electrification is likely to come in stages as technologies evolve and mature. In the short term, actuation systems are likely to become fully electric, whilst propulsion systems are likely to take longer due to the need to carry large battery banks.

A compromise can be found in hybrid-electric systems where electric propulsion is used for take-off and landing and conventional propulsion is used for cruising. Nevertheless, small commuter aircraft are taking the lead in achieving full electrification and they will most likely pave the road for medium and larger aircraft.
This presentation looks at the state of the art on aircraft electrification and the roadmap ahead of us.

 

This webinar is open to everyone. Joining details will be emailed nearer to the date of the event.

Please make a booking at communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/229/77/24939

This talk is part of the IET series.

 

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