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PALESTRA - Can Future Energy Needs be Met Sustainably?

Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith

Director of Energy Research Oxford,

President SESAME Council


3 de novembro de 2016 às 14:30

Auditório Ferreira da Silva - FCUP


Abstract: Global energy consumption is increasing rapidly, driven by rising living standards in developing countries. The energy provided by burning fossil fuels is also increasing, albeit not quite as fast as total energy use. This is unsustainable and decarbonisation is imperative - to reduce air pollution, rebalance relations between oil producing and importing countries, and to moderate climate change. It will be very hard: indeed, probably impossible with today’s technology at a price society will be willing to pay. I will review progress in decarbonisation, and then focus on the technical, economic and political challenges that will have to be met in order to meet future needs sustainably.

Biography: Chris Llewellyn Smith is Director of Energy Research, Oxford University, and President of  the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He is interested in all aspects of energy supply and demand, currently particular in energy systems and their resilience, and the challenge of accommodating large contributions from intermitente sources of electricity. Chris has chaired the Council of the world fusion energy project ITER, directed the UK’s fusion programme, and served as Provost and President of University College London and Director General of CERN (1994-1998, when the Large Hadron Collider was approved and construction started). He has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration and energy issues, and served on many advisory bodies nationally and internationally, including the UK Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology (1989-92). His scientific contributions and leadership have been recognised by awards and honours world-wide, including most recently the Royal Society’s Medal in 2015.

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O Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith estará presente no Fórum do Futuro no dia 2 de novembro (ver programa completo em http://forumofthefuture.com/)

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