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Transport and climate change expert discusses the need for low-carbon vehicles

Posted on 11/03/2010

Professor Julia King

The challenging topic of Sustainable Transport was the subject of the Royal Holloway Annual Sustainability Lecture on 8 March 2010. The College was delighted to welcome Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, to deliver the lecture on meeting the transport technology challenges for the 21st Century.


This engaging event marked the inaugural lecture in the series, which promises to be an important element of the College calendar for the future.


Professor King achieved the difficult task of combining individual behavioural change with policy and technology challenges and economic and environmental consequences in exploring carbon emissions in relation to transport and car travel in the UK. She addressed an audience of academics and administrators from across the college, undergraduate and postgraduate students, business people and members of the local community.


Dr Laura Spence, Director Royal Holloway’s Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS) commented: “Professor King’s scholarly yet accessible talk excited a real interest among the audience, giving all those participating some serious food for thought for their journeys home”.


Throughout her career Professor King has held a number of senior public appointments and advises the government on a range of education and technology issues. She was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2007 to lead the ‘King Review on Low Carbon Cars’ to examine the vehicle and fuel technologies that, over the next 25 years, could help to reduce carbon emissions from road transport.


The event was organised by CRIS, housed in the School of Management, with support form the Politics and Environment Research Group in the Department of Geography and the History and Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund. CRIS works with colleagues from all three faculties in the College, and is pleased to lead the Annual Sustainability Lecture initiative.


Sustainability has an important place at Royal Holloway in terms of research into its economic, social and environmental aspects. But it also is a pressing practical aspect of the way the College works as an institution, in the community and as part of the physical environment. As part of the College’s vibrant lecture programme, the Annual Sustainability Lecture series will allow a focus for collective interest in this area each year.


For more information on CRIS, please see www.rhul.ac.uk/management/cris or contact the Director, Dr Laura J. Spence laura.spence@rhul.ac.uk



Professor King’s talk drew on her work for the ‘King Review’ on Low Carbon Cars (http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/bud_bud08_king_review.htm), the Technology Strategy Board for Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform (http://www.innovateuk.org/ourstrategy/innovationplatforms/lowcarbonvehicles.ashx), the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for the Future of Transportation (http://www.weforum.org/en/Communities/GlobalAgendaCouncils/ListofCouncils/index.htm) and the UK Committee on Climate Change (http://www.theccc.org.uk/).


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