Power hungry: how can we sustain our energy needs?

Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6.30pm
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London

Wind, nuclear, offshore, solar – we have a range of alternative energies seemingly available to us in the UK, but how realistic is it to believe that we can achieve any meaningful reduction in carbon emissions through renewables, or even by building new nuclear power stations?

New sources of ‘affordable’ energy, such as fracking, offer a solution to some, but many are opposed on environmental grounds. In contrast to the United States, there also remains serious uncertainty about its cost and effectiveness here in the UK.  With the on-going crisis in energy bills affecting the majority of people in this country, should politicians be doing more and, if so, what action can they take? Should we, as consumers, start facing the harsh fact that we just need to consume less energy?

Energy supply and cost is one of the biggest problems facing the UK now and probably for years to come so just how will we keep the lights on?

This event was chaired by Sarah Montague, regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and panellists included:

  • Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics at BP
  • Professor Andy Stirling, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
  • Professor Jim Watson, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre
  • Baroness Bryony Worthington, Shadow Minister, Department of Energy and Climate Change

As always, the broadcasting and production of these events was made possible by the University’s Media Technology research team, offering invaluable live television production experience for some of Sussex’s current undergraduates from the School of Engineering and Informatics, who form part of the production crew.

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