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Event to focus on the future of energy

Published on 20 October 2021

The drive towards renewable energy sources is to be examined at a special event hosted by the University of Dundee.

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Volker Roeben, Professor of Energy Law, International Law and Global Regulation at Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, will host a panel of leading experts to examine what the future will look like as the world moves away from fossil fuels and the challenges that this transition faces.

One of the foremost experts in international energy law, Professor Roeben is hosting Festival of the Future COP26 Series – Energy, a free, online event, on Thursday 21 October from 2-3.30pm.

“Our way of life is still largely dependent upon the burning of fossil fuels to generate power, despite these being known as one of the key drivers of global warming,” he said.

“While governments and corporations have signalled intentions to move to a net-zero carbon world by the mid-century, this is a significant challenge.

“Renewable sources of power, such as hydropower, are also vulnerable to climate change and changing weather patterns, ensuring the transition to cleaner energy will not be without further challenges.”

Joining Professor Roeben will be Dundee’s Professor Sue Dawson, who will consider the risks posed by a changing climate to energy infrastructure, particularly in coastal regions, and Dr Tong Zhu, jointly of Dundee and the Ruhr University Bochum, who will present her work around decarbonisation of the heating sector.

Additionally, Tanya Jones, a PhD Researcher at Dundee, will discuss her work on climate justice.



Jonathan Watson

Senior Press Officer

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