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Net Zero – how can science help policy?

9 January @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

This event has been moved from the 6th February.

Professor Paul S. Monks BSc, DPhil, FRMetS, FRSC
Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy

Sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Professor Paul Monks is the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As BEIS CSA, he delivers independent and impartial scientific advice to Ministers and policy makers across the BEIS portfolio.  The BEIS CSA portfolio spans a wide range of policy areas, including energy (such as nuclear (fission and fusion), geothermal and hydrogen), climate change, electric vehicles, medical radionuclides, space and national security. His role also covers advising on current and ongoing issues faced by UK businesses and industry, with recent focus on the critical role of science in supporting sustainable, resilient and measurable Net Zero and the challenges of delivering national and global decarbonisation.

Prior to joining the department, Professor Paul Monks was Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester, where he remains a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science. 

Summary: Achieving Net Zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 requires an economy-wide transformation.  The talk will explore the basis for Net Zero and challenges for both science and policy in framing a sustainable and resilient pathway to it.  It will show that a systems of systems  approach is required to deliver Net Zero in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Attending the lecture: This event is open to both members and non-members to attend in person. The event will also be streamed using Zoom. Unless COVID-19 (or other) restrictions are imposed, it will not be necessary to book in advance. If such restrictions are put in place, then this webpage will be updated with information on how to book.

Members: Members will receive an email about a week before the event providing them with the information required to listen to the lecture using Zoom.

Non-members: Non-members may attend either on Zoom or in-person on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) by booking through EventBrite:
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New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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