Environmental and economic impacts of decarbonising the energy sector

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Date(s) - 21/09/2021 - 22/09/2021
All Day


Environmental and economic impacts of decarbonising the energy sector

Organised by the IOP Combustion Group and IMechE


The drive towards net-zero carbon energy is full steam ahead, specifically the UK is aspiring to achieve this energy by 2050. On the other hand, UK’s and, also world economy depend on carbon-based energy and thus transitioning to net-zero carbon energy will have its scientific and economic challenges with potential impacts on the environment and climate.

Several technologies, such as wind turbines, solar energy, P2X for energy storage, hydrogen-based fuels, electric vehicles, large-scale batteries, etc, are being explored to move from carbon-based energy.  Many of these are still in the developmental stage and thus bringing them to large-scale practical use will face various challenges which will be exacerbated by the scale of economy required.  Also, the potential impacts of these technologies and their long-term environmental effects are debatable.  Hence, the objectives of this conference are to:

  1. Bring together experts from relevant industries, universities and government organisations to have a lively discussion,
  2. Understand the challenges involved and faced by the new technologies
  3. Understand potential long-term environmental impacts of these technologies, if there are any,
  4. Identify targeted pathways and potential technologies that may help to achieve 2050 goal, and
  5. Understand if delivery at scale and at speed is practical or not.

Full event information can be found on the Institute of Physics webiste.

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