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Royal Holloway University of London

The Centre for Research into Sustainability

Sustainability Lecture

Driving Change: Meeting the Transport Technology Challenges of the 21st Century

Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University

Drawing on her work for the King Review on Low Carbon Cars, the Technology Strategy Board Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for the Future of Transportation and the Committee on Climate Change, Professor King will look at the changes and opportunities, the importance of technology, innovation and consumer behaviour, and the role the UK is playing in international developments.

Abstract

In developed countries, transport accounts for between a quarter and a third of total CO2 emissions, second only to energy generation.  With a target for 2050 to reduce emissions by at least 50% globally and 80% in the developed world, emissions reductions in transport must make a major contribution.

And yet personal mobility is a critical driver of economic growth and personal well being.  The aspiration to own a car is high in the developing world and some predictions suggest that the number of motor vehicles world-wide could rise from over a billion today to two billion by 2020.

We need radical solutions to deliver both personal mobility and emissions reduction, and we need them urgently.

Drawing on her work for the King Review on Low Carbon Cars, the Technology Strategy Board Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for the Future of Transportation and the Committee on Climate Change, Julia King will look at the challenges and opportunities, the importance of technology, innovation and consumer behaviour, and the role the UK is playing in international developments.

The challenge is urgent, but the future doesn’t have to be bleak.

Event Details

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Monday 8th March 2010, 6pm
Windsor Building Auditorium, RHUL

(followed by a reception in the Windsor Building Foyer) » map | campus plan

All welcome (admission free and no booking necessary)

For more information 01784 414471

Organisers

This lecture is jointly organised by the Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS) and the Politics and Environment Group (Department of Geography, RHUL).

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