Achieving Net Zero by 2050: a Public Lecture by Baroness Brown of Cambridge

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Join us for a lecture by Professor Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge.

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The UK Government has recently committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across their economy by 2050. The challenges to delivering this include: replacing gas heating, doubling the size of the electricity system, building a hydrogen energy system the size of the current electricity generating system from a zero base, transforming transport and farming.

In this lecture, Professor Dame Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) will explain the rationale for the level and timescale for the net zero target, the estimation of costs, and the challenges for delivery. Modelling by the Committee on Climate Change of a range of possible decarbonisation pathways suggests that the UK could require 350 TWh of hydrogen by 2050—a new energy system the size of the existing electricity generating system. For context, the UK produces around 27 TWh today.

The lecture will discuss the approach the UK Committee on Climate Change, which provides independent advice to government, has taken to assess the need for hydrogen, look at the implications, such as the need to develop carbon capture and storage at scale, and the opportunities, including the combination of wind and hydrogen as a grid balancing mechanism.

Professor King will also highlight the policy requirements and challenges in developing this new industry and delivering at scale over the next 30 years.

Professor King is an engineer, with a career spanning senior engineering and leadership roles in industry and academia. Her interests include climate change adaption and mitigation, and the low carbon economy. Among her many roles she is deputy chair of the Committee on Climate Change and chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee, and is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. She received her damehood for services to higher education and technology.

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