Public lecture: part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science
The UK has an aggressive plan to decarbonise its economy by 34% in 2020, 50% in 2027 and 80% in 2050. This lecture looked at the economic, technical and policy challenges of achieving these targets. It discussed the role of technology options like renewable energy and electric cars, energy efficiency and asked about the importance of changing behaviour for example on energy use and transportation. The lecture reviewed the main carbon policies and asked whether they are sufficient to meet the ambitious carbon targets.