The ‘Energy Transition’ – Myth or Reality
|Dates:||20 November 2019|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Professor Jonathan Craig|
Professor Jonathan Craig, Senior Vice President, Exploration Strategies & Profession Areas, Eni Upstream, Milan, Italy, joins us for a Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences seminar. Abstract below.
Rapid technological advances across a variety of industries are enabling society’s quest for sustainability. The resulting ‘Energy Transition’ is causing an unprecedented shift in how the world’s population consumes energy and natural resources, driven by a range of factors including decarbonisation, economics, access to energy, societal expectations around environment and climate, energy efficiency, political and regulatory forces and emerging technologies.
The ‘Energy Transition’ will occur at different speeds and shapes in different geographies, depending on local economic and societal pressures. World energy demand is continuing to rise, mainly in the emerging economies of India, China and Africa, driven by population growth and economic development. Many countries are trying to do the ‘right thing’ for their population and their economy and are not necessarily driven by a desire to save the planet.
The fossil fuel era will not be over soon. Despite the rapid growth in the use of renewable energy resources, in all reasonable scenarios there will still be a need for oil, gas and coal for the foreseeable future - if we are to meet the social and economic expectations of the world’s growing population. The energy mix will certainly change as we try to reduce carbon emissions, but the speed and magnitude of that change will depend heavily on national economic priorities, political will and public opinion. How fast can we realistically move towards a low carbon future and still meet the world’s growing demand for energy? What are the key constraints on the rate of change? – and what role will geoscientist play in driving and delivering the new energy solutions? The ‘Energy transition’ is a huge responsibility, but also a huge opportunity. We all have our part to play.
Professor Jonathan Craig
Organisation: Senior Vice President at ENI SpA, San Donato Milanese, Italy
Biography: onathan is the Senior Vice President, Exploration Strategies and Professional Areas for Eni based in Milan, Italy where he has responsibility for Eni’s global exploration strategy and its geoscience staff worldwide. He serves on numerous Energy Industry committees and is the chair of the Advisory Boards of the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah and of Getenergy Ltd. He also holds Honorary Professorships at University College London, Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Durham and the University of Jammu in India.
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