ECCI discusses a Zero Carbon Britain

01 April 2015

Thanks to the British Science Association and Friends of the Earth Scotland, ECCI welcomed Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator of the Zero Carbon Britain report this week.\

The author from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Climate Change Commissioner for Wales stopped off at ECCI for a special, Pop Up Carbon Chat Room.

Paul led a seminar and interactive discussiuon about the findings of the Zero Carbon Britain report ahead of the evening debate "CAN EDINBURGH BECOME A ZERO-CARBON CITY BY 2035?" 7pm Mon 30 March, 50 Geo Sq.

Zero Carbon Britiain Synopsis

Current climate change targets do not offer a good enough chance of avoiding what is now considered extremely dangerous climate change.

The Zero Carbon Britain project was developed to offer the confidence required to visualise what a zero emissions future might actually be like. Through linking-up a smart approach to food production, diet, buildings, transport, energy and land-use, backed by ten years of real weather data modelled on an hourly basis, Zero Carbon Britain aims to open conversations and stimulate new research.

However, despite the urgency of the climate evidence, such a scenario remains beyond the boundaries of what is currently politically thinkable and so becomes as much a challenge for our democracy and culture as it is for our technology.

Paul Allen: http://zerocarbonbritain.com/zcb-about/zcb-meet-the-team

Watch 'Zero Carbon Britain: Let's start today'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S--isZgYKDM

Paul Allen – Project Co-ordinator. Holding an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Paul joined the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in 1988. He assisted the development and production of a wide range of renewable energy systems and helped develop CAT's spin-off engineering company, Dulas Ltd. He is currently CAT External Relations Officer and ZCB Project Co-ordinator. Paul is also Member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007).

Linked Event

"CAN EDINBURGH BECOME A ZERO-CARBON CITY BY 2035?"  7pm Mon 30 March, 50 Geo Sq

Time: 7–9 pm on Monday 30 March,
Place: Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator of Zero Carbon Britain

Professor Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering, Glasgow University

Chaired by: Cllr. Adam McVey, Vice Convener of Edinburgh Council's Transport and Environment Committee

We're more and more aware of the need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions so as to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, and it's often remarked that leadership at the level of cities is needed to bring about the changes required.

But just how quickly could this be achieved if we put our minds to it? could Edinburgh as a city be zero-carbon within just two decades? This debate provides an opportunity to hear the views of two leading experts on the feasibility of such a plan.

MORE ON THE SPEAKERS:-

Arguing for the motion will be Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator of the Zero Carbon Britain report, member of the Wales Science Advisory Council, board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales.
http://zerocarbonbritain.com/zcb-about/zcb-meet-the-team

Arguing against the motion will be Colin McInnes, MBE FREng FRSE, James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at Glasgow University.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/staff/colinmcinnes/

The debate will be chaired by Cllr. Adam McVey, Vice Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council's Transport and Environment Committee.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/councillors/85/adam_mcvey