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Climate change: how on Earth can we reach net zero?

Event organised by Ingenieurs et Scientifique de France

18 October 2023
18:00 - 19:15 BST (GMT+1)
Army and Navy Club
36 Pall Mall
St James
London, SW1Y 5JN
United Kingdom

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Climate change action needs to be on a war footing. Fossil fuels are convenient, effective, and cheap but we are still over dependent on them. Weaning off them will not be easy. Focusing on the UK, Philip Pascall will outline the main sources of CO2 emissions and ways in which we can eliminate them, particularly from the many millions of homes and cars which are the biggest sources. 

He will contrast our present energy systems with how they might look in 2050. They will be more diverse and complex, and reliant on intermittent electricity from wind and solar for a large proportion of primary energy supply. A systems engineering approach is required, seeking opportunities for synergies and greater efficiency.  

Philip and his wife have had their own energy efficient home constructed to which he will refer in his lecture.

All are welcome to the lecture and wine reception afterwards. For security, all attending need to register by emailing [email protected]  with the subject line: Climate Change Lecture.  

Tea and coffee are available from 17:30. The lecture will begin at 18:00.

Please note:

Due to a planned train strike on 04 October, this event has been rescheduled to 18 October 2023.

Organised by

Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France British Section

The British Section of IESF, a French Learned Society with branches worldwide, is dedicated to linking Anglo-French engineering and science.


Philip Pascall

Philip Pascall

retired civil engineer & member of ICE

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Philip Pascall

Philip Pascall spent much of his career working on power projects including hydroelectric schemes in Peru, a gas turbine power and desalination plant in the UAE, and a combined cycle gas turbine power station in Indonesia. He spent eight years managing the construction of upgrades to the London Underground electricity system and later he worked for Balfour Beatty’s infrastructure investment business, developing asset integrity primarily for electrical and mechanical systems in hospitals.

Philip was a member of ICE’s Energy Panel (chair 2015-2018) and of the Energy Journal Editorial Panel. He is a member of the Energy Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, a member of the Livery Climate Action Group, and chairs a sustainability working group for the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers.

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Shelly-Ann Russell