The UK Government’s net zero strategy outlines the ambition to ‘lead the world in ending our contribution to climate change, while turning this mission into the greatest opportunity for jobs and prosperity for our country since the industrial revolution.’ (‘Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener’, gov.uk 2021)
Reaching net-zero carbon requires a holistic, systems-thinking approach with interaction between many areas, from the built environment, transport, energy and resources to nature-based solutions, behaviour change and the arts. By bringing researchers from different disciplines together with organisations from the wider world we can examine the larger picture and find synergies to accelerate action towards our net zero goals.
Opening this year’s Research Festival, the Sustainable Earth Institute hosts the insightful Sustainable Earth Forum looking at the role of universities in taking a systems-thinking approach to reaching net zero, providing an overview of UK policy, and exploring clean growth opportunities in the South West.
We welcome Michael Lewis, CEO of E.ON, who shares his perspectives of how universities can advance the clean growth agenda. Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE, University of Bath, delves into the psychology of environmental science, particularly perceptions and behaviour change around climate change.
Hear from researchers, businesses, NGOs and the public sector about their latest research, developments and initiatives throughout the day.
This event provides an online forum for knowledge exchange and to encourage collaboration across disciplines and sectors. Join us to spark new ideas that could accelerate or improve your current activity towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.
This event is part of the Sustainable Earth Forum, which opens the Research Festival 2022 on Friday 24 and Monday 27 June.
It will take place online using Zoom, with opportunity to interact with the speakers during Q&A sessions.
It will be of most relevance to those in academia, business or policy with an interest in improving sustainable practices, including sectors like energy, transport, maritime, housing and city planning, environmental conservation, technology, maritime, as well as disciplines such as psychology, sociology, arts and economics.