EEESTA Prestige Lecture: Cold & dark by 2050 – How sustainable is our energy consumption? Hatfield

11 November, 2015 | 18:00 - 21:30

By 2050, will demand outstrip supply for energy?
By 2050, will demand outstrip supply for energy?

About this event

By 2050 our planet's population is expected to reach 9 billion people, and our demand for energy at current rates of growth will be two and a half times that of today. How are we to match supply against demand in a world already post 'peak oil' and with an increasing proportion of intermittent renewables in our energy mix?

Are we at a pivotal point in mankind's relationship with energy and the environment? The EEESTA 2015 seminar will explore these issues and more.

Topics will include:

  • Demand Reduction
  • Supply Options
  • Inter-relationship between supply and demand

The seminar is preceded by registration, refreshments and a networking opportunity from 18:00, and ends with a chaired discussion session when the audience can put forward their questions to the speakers.

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Malcolm Grimston, Associate Fellow, Chatham House will chair the meeting. He was educated at Scarborough College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating in 1979 having read Natural Sciences and specialised in psychology. He worked as a chemistry teacher before joining the UK Atomic Energy Authority in 1987. In 1995 he joined Imperial College as a Senior Research Fellow and in 1999 became a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, where he is now an Associate Fellow. He is a regular media contributor on energy and nuclear matters, notably during the 2011 crisis at Fukushima.

Professor Peter Guthrie, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, will speak on demand reduction. He is the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK, having held this post since 2000. His research is focused on the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability, and energy efficiency in buildings, and work has included consideration of mixed developments, mining projects, housing, health, and educational buildings.

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, will speak on supply options. He is an engineer by training and practice, working mainly in energy supply and systems. After almost 30 years of commercial practice, he spent 10 years as Executive Director of UK Energy Research Centre prior to his current role. He has extensive international experience. He was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in October 2014.

Professor Goran Strbac, Chair in Electrical Energy Systems, Imperial College London, will speak on inter-relationship between supply and demand. He is a Professor of Energy Systems, with extensive experience in advanced modelling and analysis of operation, planning, security and economics of energy systems. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the SmartGrids European Technology Platform, co-chair of EU WG on Sustainable Districts and Built Environment of Smart Cities.

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