Conference-Debate: ‘Global Energy, Global Climate’


This is the first in a series of three events organised jointly by UCL Energy Institute and the French Embassy (under the auspices of the long-established relationship between the French Embassy’s Science and Technology Department and UCL’s Grand Challenges programme), to be held termly through the 2015-16 academic year. Each joint lecture (future dates to be announced) will be open to attendance from the UK and French research community, students and members of the general public.

UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, UKERC and the French Embassy host: ’Global Energy, Global Climate’

This event, to launch the book Global Energy, which is the outcome of the second phase of work of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), reviews the global energy scene and the challenges posed by the need for secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy.

It comes at an important moment in global attempts to address climate change – just a few weeks before the world’s climate negotiators gather in Paris to try to forge a global climate agreement that will avert dangerous climate change.

Internationally recognised speakers from UKERC, UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) at University College London, Imperial College and CIRED in France will review the options, and discuss the energy and climate solutions, in the context of the evidence laid out in the book.

About the speakers:

Professor Jean-Charles Hourcade

Jean-Charles Hourcade is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and was previously head of CIRED (1987-2012). He is an established figure for over the last twenty years in the field of economic modelling research on climate change and energy issues. At the international level, he is involved in many international research networks, participated actively in the French negotiating team between COP 1 and COP 6, and has been involved in all the IPCC reports since the 2nd.

Professor Jim Skea

Jim Skea has research interests in energy, climate change and technological innovation. He has been RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow since April 2012 and a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College since 2009. He was Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre 2004-12 and Director of the Policy Studies Institute 1998-2004.
He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making and business throughout his career. He is President of the Energy Institute. He is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and was Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group III during the Fifth Assessment cycle. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.

Professor Jim Watson

Jim Watson is Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He has 20 years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policies. He frequently advises governments in the UK and abroad, and has been a specialist adviser to three UK Parliamentary select committees. His international experience includes a period as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School and ten years of collaborative research on energy in China.

Professor Paul Ekins

Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, UCL ISR, and Deputy Director, UKERC
Paul has written, edited or co-edited 12 books and numerous academic papers and reports on energy policy and the green economy more broadly, as well as advising governments, business and international organisations on these issues. He was a member of the UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008 and is currently a Member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel.

Doors will open at 6.20pm for a prompt 6.30pm start.
Following the talk there will be a short networking and drinks reception, which all attendees are invited to join.

Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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Published on 27/10/2015

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