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Integrated energy infrastructure driving the Net Zero transition

Calendar Tuesday, 18 April 2023
Calendar 18:30-20:00

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A public lecture with Professor Jianzhong Wu (Cardiff University).

Climate change is considered one of the major challenges currently facing the world. Many countries have set up their Net Zero targets to combat climate change. Our integrated multi-energy infrastructure, including electricity, gas, heating, cooling, hydrogen, and transport, will not only play a crucial enabling role for a green carbon neutral future, but also become a driving force which accelerates the journey to net zero. Energy infrastructures exist primarily to tackle the temporal and spatial diversity in energy conversion and use and to exploit economies of scale where they exist. The energy trilemma (energy security, environmental impact and social cost) presents many complex interconnected challenges which have huge relevance internationally. These challenges vary considerably from region to region due to historical, geographic, political, economic and cultural reasons. As technology and society changes so do these challenges, and therefore planning, design and operation of the integrated multi-energy infrastructure needs to be revisited and optimised in order to integrate various renewable energy and low carbon technologies and driving the transition to Net Zero. This talk will use a whole systems approach to analyse the interconnected and interdependent nature of multi-energy infrastructures, and discuss their roles in the Net Zero transition.

Sustainability - what next?

What do we want the world to look like in 2030, and how do we achieve this? In 2015, UN Member States agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint for tackling many of the challenges affecting communities around the world. Meeting these goals requires engagement, including by those involved in the Earth and environmental sciences. In this series, experts from a variety of disciplines examine the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and explore its implications on the use of diverse natural resources.

Our public lectures are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of interest in the Earth and environmental sciences and present new research in this area to the public.


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Should you require the Q&A sessions to be in Welsh, please email at least two weeks before the event.

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Wallace Lecture Theatre
Main Building
Park Place
CF10 3AT

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