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Engineering Distinguished Lecture by Prof Geoffrey P Hammond, Feb 23, 2012
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Towards a low carbon transition for the energy system: a UK perspective

Date: February 23, 2012 (Thursday)

Lecture 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: T4, Meng Wah Complex, HKU

Professor Geoffrey P Hammond
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Founder Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)
University of Bath, UK

Energy sources of various kinds not only affect human development, but also put at risk the quality and longer-term viability of the biosphere as a result of unwanted, 'second order' effects. These side effects give rise to potential environmental hazards on a local, regional and global scale. Consequently balancing economic and social development with environmental protection is at the heart of the notion of sustainable development. Electricity generation contributes a large proportion of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom (UK), due to the predominant use of fossil fuel (coal and natural gas) inputs. Indeed, the various power sector technologies [fossil fuel plants with and without carbon capture and storage (CCS), nuclear power stations, and renewable energy technologies (available on a large and small {or domestic}
scale)] all involve differing environmental impacts and other risks. Three UK transition pathways for a more electric future out to 2050 have therefore been evaluated in terms of their life-cycle energy and environmental performance within a broader sustainability framework, applied on a ‘whole systems’ basis (from ‘cradle-to-gate’). It highlights the significance of ‘upstream emissions’ and their technological and policy implications. Lessons for the wider international energy community will be drawn based on this UK experience.

Professor Geoffrey Hammond is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Founder Director of the University of Bath's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE), and also holds an Honorary Professorship in Sustainable Bioenergy at the University of Nottingham. His current research is focused on the technology assessment of energy systems and transitional pathways towards a low carbon future. He is the joint recipient of the Dufton Silver Medal and the George Stephenson Prize for publications in his field. His research is currently funded by the programmes of, for example, the BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC), the E.On/EPSRC Strategic Partnership, the EPSRC SUPERGEN [HiDEF] Programme, and the UK Energy Research Centre. He is the co-originator of the 'Inventory of Carbon and Energy' (ICE), funded jointly by the Carbon Trust and the EPSRC, an inventory of material primary energy and emission intensities that is now widely used by practitioners for the calculation of 'carbon footprints' of products and infrastructure facilities. Over recent years, he has advised British Government Departments, Agencies and Parliamentary Committees. He sits on the Editorial Boards and Organising or Scientific Committees for several archival journals and international conferences in the area of energy and the environment.

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Date/Time23/02/2012 17:00-18:00
VenueT4, Meng Wah Complex, HKU

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