The Carbon Neutral University Network present the following event:
Delivering on Two Degrees: Building a pathway to a carbon neutral future
Thursday 28th April 2016 17.30-19.30 in Diamond Lecture Theatre 3
Featuring panel discussion and keynote from Professor Kevin Anderson – “Climate change: triumph and tragedy in Paris”
- Can we achieve the climate commitments made in Paris?
- How rapidly will we need to cut our emissions to zero to meet these targets?
- What technology can help us do this?
The Paris Agreement was heralded by many as a triumph of international diplomacy, delivering an unprecedented covenant amongst world leaders to take action to hold “the increase in … temperature to well below 2°C … and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”. But whilst initially many jumped for joy – there was increasing unease amongst climate change’s foot soldiers and scientists that beyond the important headlines the Agreement had sown the seeds of its own demise.
With a focus on energy, this presentation will discuss the successes and failures of the Paris process – offering not only an alternative take on the Agreement, but also sketching out how there still remains an outside chance of avoiding the 2°C characterisation of dangerous climate change.
Kevin Anderson is Deputy Director of the Tyndall Center, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organisation and engages widely across all tiers of government. With his colleague Alice Bows, Kevin’s work on carbon budgets has been pivotal in revealing the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions.
After a short break for informal discussion and questions, we will build on Kevin’s talk through a panel discussion.
Panel participants include Professor Peter Styring, world expert in carbon capture and Director of the Carbon Dioxide Utilisation network, and Julia Carrell, Director of Sheffield Renewables and Postgraduate researcher in Mechanical Engineering.
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