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The opportunities and challenges to reducing energy demand and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in UK industry will be outlined, although the lessons learned are applicable across much of the industrialised world. Improving industrial energy efficiency and resource efficiency could make a substantial contribution towards the UK government’s goal of achieving ‘net zero’ CO2 emissions by 2050, while simultaneously improving productivity and creating employment opportunities.
In this context, the government released its ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ in October 2017, although it has a number of limitations. The associated technology roadmaps exhibit quite large uncertainties, and reducing CO2 emissions over the long term will depend critically on the adoption of a small number of key technologies [eg energy efficiency and heat recovery techniques, fuel switching towards low CO2 fuels (such as bioenergy or hydrogen), and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)], alongside the ‘decarbonisation’ of electricity supply. ‘Circular economy’ interventions (‘reduce, reuse, or recycle’ materials and products) have the potential to make significant energy savings that are complementary to other energy-efficiency measures. However, the task for both industrial and policy decision makers will still remain challenging.
18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:15 Questions and answers session
19:35 Summation from the Chair
19:45 Drinks Reception
Geoffrey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath (UK), and was founder Director of University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment (I•SEE). He is a mechanical engineer with a multidisciplinary background, including environmental engineering and business management. His research interests are mainly concerned with the technology assessment of energy systems, industrial decarbonisation, and transition pathways to a low carbon future.
He was the co-originator of the 'Inventory of Carbon and Energy' (ICE), now widely used internationally by practitioners for the calculation of the ‘carbon footprints’ for products and in construction. His publications in the field of sustainable energy and the environment have been awarded the Dufton Silver Medal, the George Stephenson Prize, the James Watt Medal, and the Baker Medal. He was awarded a higher doctorate degree [Doctor of Science (DSc)] by the University of Bath in 2019 in recognition of his published work in this area.
In parallel with his main post at the University of Bath, he held an Honorary Professorship in Sustainable Bioenergy at the University of Nottingham (2010-2016) in recognition of collaborative research. In recent years he has advised the UK Government’s the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Government Office for Science, and their independent Committee on Climate Change.
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