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Can Future Energy Needs be Met Sustainably?

Life and Matter Sciences Conference March 16, 2016 Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces Vitruvio, 5 28006 Madrid

Organized by:

Fundación Ramón Areces

In cooperation with:

Real Sociedad Española de Física

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Global energy consumption is increasing rapidl , driven by rising living standards in developing countries. The energy provided by burning fossil fuels is also increasing, albeit not quite as fast as total energy use. This is unsustainable. Decarbonisation is imperative ]to reduce air pollution, rebalance relations between oil and producing and importing countries, and to moderate climate change. It will be very hard: indeed, p obably impossible with todayfs technology at a price society will be willing to pay. After briefly reviewing trends in energy demand, supply and efficiency, I will focus on the potential and outlook for low carbon energy sources, and the technical, economic and political challenges that will have to be met in order to meet future needs sustainably.

Wednesday, 16


Chris Llewellyn Smith
Director of Energy Research, Oxford University. President of the SESAME Council. Former CERN Director General.

Chris Llewellyn Smith: is Director of Energy Research, Oxford University, and President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East). He has chaired the Council of ITER, directed the UK's fusion programme, and served as Provost and President of University College London and Director General of CERN (1994-1998, when the Large Hadron Collider was approved and construction started). His theoretical contributions to the 'standard model' of particle physics were recognised by his election to the Royal Society in 1984. He has written and spoken widely on science funding, international scientific collaboration and energy issues, and served on numerous advisory bodies, including the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology. His scientific contributions and leadership have been recognised by awards and honours world-wide, including a Royal Medal in 2015.

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