Festival of the Future COP26 Series - Energy

Thursday 21 October 2021

In the lead up to COP26 join us for a series of four events where we will discuss some of the key issues around climate change. Join us as we look at how energy is affected by climate change. Booking essential.

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Thursday 21 October 2021

14:00 - 15:30

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Our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels to generate power is known to be one of the principal drivers of global warming, yet society and the global economy is still dependent to a large extent on these energy sources.

Recent drives to reduce carbon emissions through a switch to renewable energy sources that will enable a net zero carbon economy by mid-century are welcome but face many challenges. Indeed, the sustainability of some forms of renewable energy, such as hydropower, are already being adversely affected by climate change as well as our ability to realise a just transition to new energy technologies.

Our three speakers are drawn from different disciplinary perspectives in Law, Science and Economics. Tanya Jones (PhD Researcher, University of Dundee) will discuss her work on climate (in)justice, focusing in particular on the impacts of climate change on energy provision in deglaciating regions of the Peruvian Andes.

Professor Sue Dawson (Professor of Hazard Geoscience, University of Dundee) will consider the risks posed by a changing climate to energy infrastructure, particularly in coastal regions.

Dr Tong Zhu (Ruhr University Bochum/ University of Dundee) will present on her work around decarbonisation of the heating sector.

This session will be chaired by Professor Volker Roeben (Professor of Energy Law, International Law and Global Regulation)

Event type Online talk