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Climate Change Policy - A Focus on Demand Reduction?

A multidisciplinary seminar exploring options for demand reduction as part of climate change policy.
When Nov 23, 2015
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Lubbock Room, Peterhouse College
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Attendees Open to all. Please register at the link.
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Read Professor Allwood's Opening Statement Here (pdf)

This seminar will explore the proposition that efforts to plan a response to climate change are largely stuck, having been driven by conventional economic thinking and over-stated engineering optimism about innovation. We have no evidence that we will be able to deliver today’s global energy demand by low-carbon means, and as yet all attempts to improve energy efficiency have been eclipsed by rebounds in demand, so that total energy requirements have increased. Reducing our demand for energy is essential to any serious efforts at mitigation, but is currently below the political and public horizon. It challenges widely held assumptions about economic growth and can be considered only if we activate the humanities and wider social sciences as a complement to engineering and economic thinking.

Speakers from politics (Prof David Runciman), economics (Prof Hamish Low), health (Prof Theresa Marteau), diet (Dr Pablo Monsivais), history (Dr Paul Warde), philosophy (Prof Jane Heal) and theology (Dr Andrew Davison) will respond to an opening statement on demand reduction strategies from Professor Julian Allwood from Department of Engineering. 

Former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Richard Wilson will chair the discussion.


2.00-3.30 -  a brief introduction from the chairman, plus 10 minutes for each talk including questions/responses from the audience.


3.30-3.50 - tea break


3.50-4.30 - Responses from the audience and open discussion of the issues.


4.30-4.50 - Three minutes from each of the speakers to sum up what they’ve learnt from the afternoon.


4.50-5.00 - Summary and concluding remarks from the chair.

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