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TalkScience@BL: Sustainable energy for the 21st century: Can we ensure a bright future?

This event in our popular TalkScience series examined the future of energy in the UK. Where will it come from, and will it be sustainable? A panel of experts, moderated by Guardian Environment Correspondent Fiona Harvey, came together for a dynamic discussion around the energy mix of the future.

  • What is the UK’s current energy mix? Where does our energy come from and how much do we import and export?
  • Why is our current situation unsustainable?
  • Is technology really enough to provide a sustainable energy future? What is the role of behavioural change and that of political institutions?
  • Is it actually possible to meet the Government’s energy targets without using fossil fuels or nuclear power?

Dr Kirk Shanks is Lecturer in Energy Demand at the University of Loughborough, interested in energy use behaviour and human experience of the built environment.

Professor Colin Snape is Director of the Energy Technologies Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, exploring more efficient and lower carbon fossil energy technologies.

Professor Phil Taylor is DONG Energy Chair in Renewable Energy at Durham University. His research focuses on the distribution and storage of renewable energy.

Daniel Crean is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield as part of the Nuclear First Doctoral Training Centre, and is researching radioactive site remediation.

MP3 file, 40 mins 10 secs, 16.09 MB