'Molecules and electrons: the net zero conundrum': Delivered by Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change
2019 was a year of seismic change for the environmental lobby. Across the world, millions of protestors took to the streets to make their voices heard. Closer to home, scores of councils and local authorities declared a climate emergency and the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. This was the year of Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and the Impossible Burger.
But now that increasing numbers of politicians acknowledge that climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity, how can our leaders turn good intentions into action in the UK? And what difference does a pandemic make to the path ahead?
This year’s Sir Denis Rooke Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the UK government’s official climate change advisor.
Chris will be talking about the UK’s goal for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the difficult choices facing the UK when it comes to decarbonising heat. Titled ‘Molecules and electrons: the net zero conundrum’, Chris’ lecture will discuss the polarising debate over the best way to cut emissions and the role of heat decarbonisation in achieving net zero.
In this lecture, you’ll learn about the science behind the quest for net zero, why we must achieve this goal and why tackling climate change won’t spell the ruination of the economy.
Previous speakers have included: Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of the UK government’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell tragedy, Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford.