Decarbonising a globalised world: The practical application of green tech

Bizibrains Okpeh and M. L. Campbell

Artwork: Dr Cécile Girardin

As Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, everyone expects a return to some sort of “normalcy”. But whichever “normal” we all yearn to return to, it must not be a “normal” that returns to the perpetual use of carbon-emitting fuel, gadgets or technologies. Instead, it should be one that is amenable to achieving a net-zero or carbon-neutral world.

The third day of Climate Exp0, through a series of panel discussions, presentations, and poster sessions, will focus on Mitigation Solutions. Sessions will explore the many ways in which technological innovation creates abundant opportunities for rapid, affordable and effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, mass deployment of renewable power, alongside widespread electrification of energy use, will be presented as a robust strategy for delivering emission reductions.

Morning segment

The Mitigation Solutions day will open with a policy session — ‘A new perspective on the global energy transition’. The session will communicate evidence on new near-term mitigation opportunities for supporting COP26 objectives. Other sessions are:

Afternoon segment

Differing from the morning programme, afternoon sessions centre discussion around the incentivisation of green technology at the local, national and global level.

The afternoon begins with a lunch break, featuring a viewing of the Student Voices Film Trailer. Soon after, attendees will sit in on hour long panels on topics including:

From exploring contrasting perspectives on the role of social engagement in propagating mitigation solutions, to discussing ways to decarbonise transport in urban environments, these sessions will transcend boundaries between the physical and social sciences to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to carbon mitigation.

The afternoon will also feature a series of interactive sessions, run by leading experts, tailored towards debate on the efficacy of green technology. These include:

Closing the day

The day will conclude with a panel discussion on ‘Policies for Delivering CoP26 Mitigation Objectives’ with negotiators from the UK, EC, and the global South, as well as policy experts from Cambridge, University College London, and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Throughout the day, make sure to also wander the poster hall and media library, which will include engaging posters and video presentations from researchers across the globe.

Online, free and open to all — see you at the Climate Exp0! Register today at https://www.climateexp0.org/

Climate Exp0 is the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS), sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), and the 2021 UN Climate Change Summit (COP26).

Running from 17–21 May 2021, it takes place at a critical juncture in the COP26 pre-meetings and negotiations, and is part of the All4Climate Italy 2021 official pre-COP26 initiatives. Learn more and register your place via https://www.climateexp0.org.

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Climate Exp0

Climate Exp0 was the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS).