Sensitive intervention points for Net Zero | University of Oxford

Sensitive intervention points for Net Zero

Speaker
Prof Cameron Hepburn, Dr Steve Smith
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Venue
Oxford Martin School - Online Event Series
Online
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Achieving net zero emissions involves an economic transformation on a scale comparable to the Victorian era, when the foundations of the infrastructure used in the United Kingdom today were put in place.

The scale of the transformation ahead implies that, if successful, our generation will justly be considered the “Victorians of the 21st century".

In the fourth discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, considers the economics of the key technologies, which are increasingly positive.

The costs of renewables, batteries and electric vehicles continue to fall. Similar trends are emerging in low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, which can decarbonise major parts of heavy industry, as well as some long-distance transportation. As further deployment and innovations cut costs, it is no longer entirely implausible that net zero emissions could be achieved at net zero cost (even ignoring significant co-benefits and large benefits from avoiding the worst climate impacts).

The talk examines 40 potential sensitive intervention points organised into the nine categories, with a particular focus on technological interventions to accelerate progress to net zero.

Register and watch this talk live here.

The talk will also be streamed via YouTube here but please note you will not be able to take part in the interactive Q&A session unless you join the talk on CrowdCast.