Festival of the Future 2021 - COP26 Series - Energy

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


Our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels to generate power is known to be one of the principal drivers of global warming, yet society and the global economy is still dependent to a large extent on these energy sources.

Recent drives to reduce carbon emissions through a switch to renewable energy sources that will enable a net zero carbon economy by mid-century are welcome but face many challenges. Indeed, the sustainability of some forms of renewable energy, such as hydropower, are already being adversely affected by climate change as well as our ability to realise a just transition to new energy technologies.

Our three speakers are drawn from different disciplinary perspectives in Law, Science and Economics. Tanya Jones (PhD Researcher, University of Dundee) discusses her work on climate (in)justice, focusing in particular on the impacts of climate change on energy provision in deglaciating regions of the Peruvian Andes.

Professor Sue Dawson (Professor of Hazard Geoscience, University of Dundee) considers the risks posed by a changing climate to energy infrastructure, particularly in coastal regions.

Dr Tong Zhu (Ruhr University Bochum/ University of Dundee) presents her work around decarbonisation of the heating sector.

Chaired by Professor Volker Roeben (Professor of Energy Law, International Law and Global Regulation)
Period21 Oct 2021
Event titleFestival of the Future 2021: The University of Dundee's flagship festival programme that celebrates and enhances collaboration between science, art, and culture.
Event typeOther
LocationDundee, United KingdomShow on map