Net Zero Emissions by 2050 and the Role of Hydrogen
Free Public Lecture
100 Royal Parade, Parkville
The UK Government has recently committed to achieving net zero emissions across the economy by 2050, the first country to do so. The challenges to delivering this include: replacing gas heating; doubling the size of the electricity system; building a hydrogen energy system the size of the current electricity generating system from a zero base; and transforming transport and farming.
Modelling by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) of a range of possible decarbonisation pathways suggest that the UK could require 350 TWh of hydrogen by 2050 (the UK produces around 27 TWh today) – a new energy system the size of the existing electricity generating system.
The lecture will explain the approach taken in assessing the need for hydrogen, look at the implications, such as the need to develop carbon capture and storage at scale, and the opportunities, including the combination of wind and hydrogen as a grid balancing mechanism.
The policy requirements and challenges in developing this new industry and delivering at scale over the next 30 years will be highlighted.
The event will start with light refreshments.
Baroness Brown , Professor Julia King
Professor Julia King
House of Lords
Professor King is an engineer, with an outstanding career in academia (Cambridge University, Imperial College, Ashton University) and in business and engineering at RollsRoyce plc. Her current interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation and the low carbon economy. She serves as: Vice Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Chair of the Carbon Trust; nonexecutive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; Council member of Innovate UK. She led the King Review for the Treasury on decarbonising transport, was the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for Energy for ten years and served as a nonexecutive director of the Green Investment Bank. She is passionate about education and engineering. Professor King is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society and was awarded DBE for services to higher education and technology. In 2015 she was elevated to the Peerage as The Baroness Brown of Cambridge. She sits as a crossbench Peer and is a member of the House of Lords European Union Select Committee.