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Notice: Free Talk The Path To Net Zero, Wednesday, April 21

Published on: 2 Apr, 2021
Updated on: 2 Apr, 2021

The University of Surrey is hosting a free online talk by Professor Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS, on The path to net zero emissions in the UK and the challenges ahead.

On June 27 2019, the UK Government took the historic step of making a legal commitment to delivering 100% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2050, often called Net Zero.

But the legislation is the easy part. The implementation of policies, regulations, support mechanisms and changes in behaviour to deliver the net zero target will be much harder.

The Climate Change Committee published its advice to Government on the 6th Carbon Budget and a path to Net Zero in 2050 compatible with the UK’s commitments under the Paris Agreement in December 2020.

The challenge facing the UK is delivering this scale of change at pace. And the world will be watching, as the UK prepares to host COP 26 in Glasgow in November.

Part of the Adams-Sweeting Lecture series, Professor King will cover the rationale for both the level of and the timescale for the 2050 target. She will talk about the calculation of costs and the challenges for the next 30 years.

These include:

  • Replacing gas in heating
  • Doubling the size of our electricity system
  • Building a hydrogen industry the size of our current electricity system
  • Changing how we drive
  • Transforming farming
  • Ensuring a just transition

You can book your place for the free lecture online here.

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