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    Future energy needs and engineering reality

    Duration: 1:13:22 28 June 2017 Prof Michael J Kelly

    Fossil fuels have provided over 90% of the energy consumed on earth since 1800. In support of the current global push towards decarbonisation, the UK has committed to reducing greenhouse emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels before 2050. Is it possible to achieve this target? And, if so, how? Are there lessons about the development and introduction of new technologies to be learnt from our past?

    At this Public Evening Lecture on Wednesday 28 June 2017, Professor Michael Kelly examined growing global energy needs alongside efforts to reduce emissions and considered how the UK could plan for a sustainable future by looking at lessons from recent technological interventions.

    Prof Kelly has previously argued against over-interpretation of the data on climate change and warned about the danger of unintended consequences caused by premature deployment of technologies to combat emissions.

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