Climate researcher Kevin Anderson visits Lund April 10 and 11
On Monday April 10, Kevin Anderson will hold a lecture at the public library in Lund from 18.00 to 19.30: Mitigation - but how fast?
Politicians and negotiators always seem to use yesterdays requirements for the reduction of emissions. Also, they neglect the fact that scenarios need yet not developed technology to catch emissions and store them underground. After the presentation there will be room for questions and a discussion with the audience led by Tomas Björnson from Naturskyddsföreningen in Lund.
There will also be seminars for researchers and students with Kevin Anderson, organised by LUCSUS:
- The carbon guilt of the sustainability scientist – Should academics stop flying? Monday 10 April 13-15h, Wrangel Library (Biskopsgatan 5, Lund)
Academics are amongst those with the highest awareness about climate change. At the same time they have some of the highest carbon footprints in the world. How can individual researchers and academic institutions face up to this contradiction? Kevin Anderson gives a presentation on the urgent need for more climate leadership in academia, followed by a moderated discussion with the audience.
Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS): serious suggestion or expedient delusion? Tuesday 11 April 9-12h, Pufendorf Institute (Biskopsgatan 3, Lund)
To achieve the climate change mitigation objectives agreed at the COP21 in Paris, most future emission scenarios assume the large-scale deployment of still-unproven and poorly understood technologies for removing CO2 from the atmosphere. One of the most likely candidates for bringing about these ‘negative emissions’ is BECCS, or Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage, which promises to convert large amounts of bioenergy crops into combustible fuels, utilize them for energy generation, capture the released CO2 and permanently store it underground. Policy makers are largely unaware of the assumptions that current models are built on, or of the social consequences that the deployment of BECCS, at the scale needed, would entail. This presentation gives an overview of some main trends in the development of BECCS and highlights current and future concerns.
About Kevin Anderson:
Kevin Anderson holds the Zennström professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University (hosted at the Centre for Sustainable Development - CEMUS) and the chair of energy and climate change at the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. He is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a non-executive director of Greenstone Carbon Management. Kevin is research active with recent publications in Science, Nature and Nature Geosciences.
Kevin engages widely across all tiers of government (UK and Sweden) on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping to the role of climate modeling (IAMs), carbon budgets and ‘negative emission technologies’. His analysis previously contributed to the framing of the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets.
Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
For more information on the two LUCSUS seminars, please contact Wim Carton (wim.carton [at] keg.lu.se).