Future Events

Monday 24th May 2021
7.30pm
Christian Calvillo Munoz on “Electric Vehicles – the silver bullet to decarbonise transport?”

With the increasing need to tackle climate change, electric vehicles (EV) seem to be a straightforward way to decarbonise transport but what will be the cost the EV revolution?
Christian will discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of the EV technology, and will try to find answers to some of the big questions around the costs of large-scale EV penetration. Should the government subsidise EVs to foster its adoption? Who (and how) should pay for the required infrastructure? How is this likely to affect electricity prices? What would be the impact on the economy?

Christian Calvillo Munoz: is a Research Associate at the Centre for Energy Policy, UNiversity of Strathclyde. He has a strong interest in the energy transition and expertise on energy system models, and the analysis of energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of heat and transport. Christian completed his PhD as a part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Sustainable Energies Technologies and Strategies (SETS), with studies developed in Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. His current career objective is to continue to develop high quality research and collaborative work, and to keep developing skills to become a successful academic.

Zoom details here


Tuesday 15th June, 2021 (NOTE – a Tuesday!)
7.30pm
Gary Fuller on “Towards a Smog Free City”

We can live for around three weeks without food, three days without water but only three minutes without air.

The vast majority of us in the UK live in urban areas. The persistent haze over many of our cities is a reminder of the polluted air that we breathe. Over 80% of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet World Health Organisation guidelines, and an estimated 4.5 million people died prematurely from outdoor air pollution in 2015. Globally, urban populations are expected to double in the next 40 years. An extra 2 billion people will need new places to live, services and ways to move around their cities. More important, the decisions that we make now about the design of our cities will determine the everyday lives and health of the next generations. So what would the components of a smog-free – or at least low-pollution – city be?

Dr Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at Imperial College London. His research interests focus on urban air pollution sources, how these are changing in response to policies, and how they affect our health. Gary is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper where he writes the Pollution Watch column and has taken part in the Guardian Ideal Cities series and Science Weekly Podcasts. He has a keen interest in air pollution history and how the lessons from the past can help future air pollution management. He explored these themes in his book “The Invisible Killer – the rising global threat of air pollution and how we can fight back”.

NOTE: Because of availability this talk will be given live via zoom on a Tuesday – not Monday as usual! However, we aim to record the session and keep the recording available for at least a week – to give those who keep their Mondays free a chance to view it.