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Fossil Fuels and the Transition towards Net Zero


Fossil Fuels and the Transition towards Net Zero

Do we need the fossil fuel industry to help in the transition towards net zero?

In light of the ongoing concerns around Coronavirus, Newcastle University has taken the decision to cancel all non-essential events until the end of term (27 March).

This decision applies to events within Climate Action Week NCL.

While this is obviously disappointing news, the University is committed to taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus within our community and to protect the wellbeing of our students, colleagues and members of the public who visit our campus.

Thank you for your understanding. We will look forward to welcoming you back to our events as soon as they resume.

Public event

  • Wednesday 18 March 2020; 18:00-19:30
  • Frederick Douglass Centre, Newcastle Helix

To meet our Paris Agreement pledges we need to be carbon neutral (or net zero) as soon as possible.

The government has recently adopted a net zero target of 2050 for the UK, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. But how will we reach this target? And do we need the fossil fuel sector to assist in this transition?

Wind turbines and pylon on river


A panel of leading experts will debate these questions, exploring what role advisory bodies, government, science, finance and the fossil fuel industry, among others, have to play in our transition to alternative sources of energy.

Panellists include:

  • The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Julia King, deputy-chair of the UK's Committee on Climate Change
  • Dr Marcus Richards, Executive Advisor at Boston Consulting Group LLP, experienced oil and gas industry
  • Professor Sonia Seneviratne, ETH Zurich, IPCC SR15 Lead Author