Dec. 2013 Shale gas: a golden age or a gilded cage? House of Commons
Presentation to the “all party group for unconventional oil and gas” chaired by Dan Byles MP and with speakers David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change and Professor Neil Hirst, Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute. The presentation demonstrated how the maths and science around the UK’s repeated international commitment to make its fair contribution to avoiding a 2°C rise in global temperature left no emission space for a new fossil fuel industry. No amount of careful regulation, monitoring, or even the introduction of carbon capture and storage, can reconcile shale gas with avoiding dangerous climate change; from a UK, or indeed EU, basis, the two are simply incompatible.
Nov. 2013 Shale Gas & Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Chatham House. London
Session on Rethinking Energy: the impact of unconventional production.
Other speakers, from Kathryn Klaber previous CEO of the Macrellus Shale Coalition to Dan Byles MP, chair of the All-party parliamentary group on unconventional oil and gas, detailed the benefits of shale gas, but with only fleeting mention of climate change. My presentation painted a different story – particularly for the wealthier (Annex 1) nations. Shale gas exploitation and use are not compatible with repeated obligations on 2°C; moreover there is insufficient emission space, even within the UK government’s much weaker budgets and targets (i.e. greater than 2°C), for shale gas to play other than a very minor role.
As the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s own chief scientist, Professor David MacKay made clear in his recent report on shale gas:
“If a country brings any additional fossil fuel reserve into production, then in the absence of strong climate policies, we believe it is likely that this production would increase cumulative emissions in the long run. This increase would work against global efforts on climate change.”
For further Tyndall work on climate change, see:
Tyndall submission to the Energy and Climate Change committee.
UK unveils Office of unconventional gas & oil – another nail in the climate change coffin
A more detailed account is available in:
Shale gas:an updated assessment of the environmental & climate change impacts (chapter 3 for the climate change focus)
An example of how shale gas is likely to be add to global fossil fuel reserves and not be a substitute for coal can be found at:
Has US shale gas reduced CO2 emissions?
Oct. 2013. The Ostrich or the Phoenix? … cognitive dissonance or creativity in a changing climate.
Following on from the IPCCs summary for policy makers report of the scientific underpinning of climate change, this presentation revisits familiar territory with a renewed sense of urgency and, perhaps, new thoughts on agency.
Pdf available at Why Government can & should do more – Bows 2013.
Alice’s presentation was part of a suite of brief talks (from Caroline Lucas, Ruth Potts, John Barrett, and others) outlining the differing roles of consumption in understanding climate change.
The event launched a simple animation (see http://carbonomissions.org.uk/) describing how taking account of emissions from the goods we all consume paints a very different picture from focussing solely on emissions from within the UK’s territorial boarders.
Jan 2013 Reconciling shipping emissions with international commitments on climate change – UK Chamber of Shipping
Presentation made at a shipping workshop, bringing together industry stakeholders with academics, representatives of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, Lloyds Register and various experts on shipping from across the EU. The workshop explored the role of technology in delivering step-change emission reductions – both in terms of retrofit and new build – and followed the recent publication of a series of academic papers on shipping and emissions. The workshop, hosted by the UK Chamber of Shipping, was part of the University of Manchester’s High Seas project, funded through the EPSRC’s energy programme. The academic paper on which this presentation is based is available for free download at: Executing a Scharnow turn: reconciling shipping emissions with international commitments on climate change
Presentation: Understanding the challenges facing energy supply
Setting the context for three detailed discussions on different energy supply alternatives by colleagues from Manchester University. Attended by a mix of MPs, Lords and decision makers from across the energy industry, this opening presentation introduced the scale of the mitigation challenge facing the UK (and other industrialised nations), outlining how such mitigation could be reconciled with concerns over the security and price of energy services.
Nov 2012 Real Clothes for the Emperor: facing the challenges of climate change
With global carbon dioxide emissions for 2011 – a year of economic recession and upheaval in the West – up by 3.2% on the 2010 figure, which itself was up 6% on 2009, we are entering uncharted waters. This seminar lays out the case for concern and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrates how the early harnessing of human will and ingenuity may still offer opportunities to deliver relatively low-carbon and climate-resilient communities.
ABSTRACT for the talk
PDF version of Cabot Seminar anderson slides. Please note this is a pdf version and not the powerpoint slides themselves, so some of the animation (and hence information) is not visible