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DEI Online Seminar Series: Climate change mitigation

Posted on 15 September 2020

DEI Online Seminar Series: Climate change mitigation
Climate change mitigation – finding socio-politically feasible pathways

Date and Time
Wed, 16 September 2020
13:00 – 14:00 BST

About this Event

Calls for expanding research in energy modelling include (i) research that supports policy strategies that are both cost-effective and socio-politically feasible’ (Geels et al., 2017a) and (ii) research that explores the “dynamic political feasibility space” which identifies decarbonisation pathways for which all costs, including social and political costs, could realistically be borne (Jewell & Cherp, 2020). This talk will present research being undertaken at the UCL Energy Institute on the identified research gap. The OSTET study (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/research-projects/2019/feb/o-stet) has been exploring the dynamic relationships between those actors governing the energy system, those developing and running energy policies, and those being asked to take action to achieve mitigation (householders, energy industry actors, and those in industry, business and the public sector). A multilevel view of energy decarbonisation will be described, including feedbacks between three levels of the system and nonlinear behaviours that have been observed. A measure typology will be presented that illustrates the different measure diffusion patterns possible, depending on technological, social, and political factors, which helps to explain why energy policies do not always go as planned.

Rachel Freeman works on energy systems modelling and energy transition. She has years of experience in consulting to energy utilities and regulators on energy demand management and low carbon supply planning. Her publications span energy programme evaluations, the rebound factor, redistributed manufacturing, social factors in energy transition, and systems methods for sustainability. Her current work models the influence of political and social factors in the process of reaching net zero emissions. Rachel has a BSc. in Mathematics, a MSc. in Renewable Energy and the Environment, and an Engineering Doctorate in Systems. Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/people/dr-rachel-freeman

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