Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

7 - 28 October 2021, United Kingdom

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Join these sessions to hear from experts outside of our chemical science community working on the big issues in climate and energy policy. Our speakers will present an overview of the subject for half an hour and then take open questions. This is an ideal opportunity for early career chemists looking to situate their research and teaching within broad challenges.

Carbon Budgets and Net Zero – 10am 7th October
Why do we need to get to net zero carbon emissions to stabilise the climate? What about the other greenhouse gases? Why “net” and not just zero? Does it matter when we get there and what about our emissions on the way? Dr David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets at the Climate Change Committee will explain all.
Speakers: Dr David Joffe, Climate Change Committee

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – 10am 14th October
COP26 is only one meeting in a long history of international climate policy so why is such a high priority being placed on it? How does it lead on from the Paris Agreement, how is that different to the Kyoto Protocol, and how does it relate to our national climate politics? Prof Mat Paterson, Professor of International Politics will lead us through the arcane acronyms of the UNFCCC and place COP26 in context.
Speakers: Prof Mat Paterson, University of Manchester

Energy Systems and the Net Zero Transformation – 10am 21st October
To get to net zero we will need to change how we heat our homes, travel to work, school and holidays, how we eat and how we produce the materials that make up the modern world. Dr Jeff Hardy, whose career has taken him from green chemistry to Head of Sustainable Energy Futures at the GB energy regulator, Ofgem, and on to Imperial College, will lead us through the scale and type of changes implied by net zero targets at the global scale.
Speakers: Dr Jeffrey Hardy, Imperial College London

Electricity Network Innovations – 12pm 28th October
Historically, our electricity networks have relied on large spinning generators and stockpiles of fossil fuels to match our demands for lighting, appliances and heating. But a future grid supplied by wind, solar and nuclear power, as well as new demands coming online such as Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps, will need new ways to balance the system hour by hour, day by day and season by season. Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at the Energy Networks Association will provide an overview of the changes ahead and the opportunities for flexible technologies such as batteries and energy storage of various types to play a role.
Speakers: Randolph Brazier, Energy Networks Association

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