Do we have a new understanding of the ‘Just Transition’? – Ensuring prosperity in the race to Net Zero
Centre for Energy Policy celebrated a birthday. It is 5 years since the Centre began to work on research which would grow to be relied upon for thoughtful, objective information on socio-economic implications of energy policy options considered by Scottish and UK Governments.
With new ambitious emission reduction targets announced a year ago the Centre hosted our first webinar to mark the birthday and our contribution to the public policy debate on energy and climate issues until now and going forward.
While the Coronavirus pandemic has caused the COP conference to be delayed until mid 2021, the online event invited open discussion on the Centre’s 5 key messages that are ultimately aimed at informing the COP, but which we believe are relevant and important at considering the ‘Just Transition’ in a range of wider public policy contexts (including the current challenge of economic recovery).
The event was opened by the Chair of the Centre’s Advisory Group, former energy Minister Brian Wilson, followed by an address by the Centre’s Director Professor Karen Turner. We then had an open Q & A followed by an informal online networking session. You will find the recording of the event here.
All Energy Plenary - The Path to Net Zero
Professor Karen Turner presented at the All Energy Plenary Session Webinar - Path to Net Zero which was held on May 13th, she was joined by Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change(Pre-recorded presentation) Keith Anderson, CEO, Scottish Power and Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre.
Net Zero and the Future of Energy with Chris Stark
Chris Stark, the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change is the keynote speaker for this collaborative event which will explore opportunities and challenges for achieving Net Zero. Starting with a review of low carbon energy policy evolution in the past few years, Chris will outline the increasing need for prompt action to address climate change.
- How to make effective use of ‘all of the tools in the box’ including energy efficiency, renewable energy, as well as carbon capture and storage to deliver Net Zero?
- What will help address the significant challenge of moving consumers from attitudes to behaviours, whilst recognising the need to achieve a Just Transition for all?
- What can professionals and experts in the energy sector do to support and deliver this Net Zero Energy System Challenge?
The audience will have the opportunity to put their questions to Chris Stark and the panel about the key challenges for achieving the Net Zero Future Energy System.
Many thanks to the Centre for Energy Policy and the University of Strathclyde for hosting this event, SHFCA and Energy at Edinburgh for facilitation, and Arup for supporting this event.