Going low carbon through innovation and collaboration
18 April 2013
Today Professor Stefaan Simons, Director of the International Energy Policy Institute at UCL Australia, presented to the Australian Institute of Energy in Perth on 'Going low carbon through Innovation and Collaboration’.
Overview of the Presentation
The interface of energy policy and climate policy is an issue common to developed countries. The clash of demands for secure and affordable energy within the context of environmental protection raises many political and moral dilemmas. How do we meet our energy demands in a carbonconstrained environment? Come and find out about the 3rd Industrial Revolution involving innovation, collaboration and new business models to meet these challenges.
University College London is the first UK University to establish an overseas campus in Australia, where it opened its School of Energy & Resources in Adelaide in 2010. The campus has expanded with the founding of the International Energy Policy Institute, partly funded by BHP Billiton. The IEPI is making an impact under its strategic themes of sustainable energy systems, climate policy impacts, community engagement and a new field pioneered by UCL, energy epidemiology. This talk will outline the approach being taken by the Institute in the drive towards a global low carbon economy.
The IEPI considers that open innovation is entirely suited to the development of clean technologies involving networks that not only include technology providers, but also community groups, individuals and other, non-corporate bodies. Such open collaboration will have the added benefits of encouraging behavioural change, building trust and political legitimacy, dispelling ignorance and misunderstandings, raising scientific literacy and education levels, ultimately leading to increased human health and well-being.
Professor Stefaan Simons
Stefaan Simons, CEng FIChemE, Professor of Chemical Engineering at UCL, is the Director of the IEPI, where he holds the BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy. His research expertise is founded on particle technology, with a focus on the resources sector, which he has used to develop low carbon technologies and processes for the energy and chemical industries. In 2009 he was awarded a RAEng Global Research Fellowship to develop his ideas on the open innovation of such technologies, spending time at UC Berkeley and the University of Melbourne Professor Simons has more than 190 publications.