Transitioning to new energy systems: What impact will it have on society and on our lives?

The most recent report of the IPCC, released in early August, was described by the UN as a ‘code red for humanity’. It states that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. The world now anticipates November’s global climate conference, COP26, to see how nations respond to this latest stark warning.

The European Green Deal focuses on the promise to make Europe a net zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. It requires a major transition of the European energy system, away from fossil fuels and towards low carbon or renewable sources of energy. In this context, the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors published a scientific opinion this summer to address the challenges involved in this transition, informed by a review of the evidence by SAPEA, a consortium of European academies.

The energy transition is not just about new technologies and innovation. Our current lifestyles are also contributing to our energy and climate problems, and the move to different energy systems will impact on every one of us in society. Change has to be fair and inclusive. It requires public engagement and active participation across the whole of society.What works, and how should it be done?

Join our panel of experts to discuss these critical issues, as we look towards the COP26 conference. You, the audience, will have the opportunity to pose questions and be part of the debate. Our webinar is free and open to all.

Our panel of experts:

  • Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors; Director of the World in 2050 (slides)
  • Professor Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Director, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University; Member of the SAPEA Working Group (slides)
  • Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Sussex; Member of the SAPEA Working Group (slides)
  • Professor Nick Pidgeon, Professor of Environmental Psychology and Risk; Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group, Cardiff University
  • Professor Eystein Jansen, Professor of Earth Sciences /Paleoclimatology, University of Bergen; Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) (slides)

Chair: Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President, Academia Europaea

11 October 2021

14:00 CEST

13:00 BST

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