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Sustainable Energy for All: this year, next year, sometime – or never?

5 December 2012

West Yorkshire wind turbines by nualabugeye on Flickr

Despite recent high profile political rows in government about the future of wind farms in the UK, a quick show of hands at a recent UCL Lunch Hour Lecture showed that there was little public awareness that 2012 is the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

In spite of this, in his lecture ‘Sustainable Energy for All: this year, next year, sometime – or never?’, Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at The Bartlett, set out in stark terms why sustainable energy is such a ‘huge issue’, exploring the challenges affecting both developed and developing countries and their responses to energy demand.

Professor Ekins stressed the need for international action, declaring that ‘Unsustainable growth will not last beyond this century unless we get our act together – but there is no low-cost, high-carbon future.’

A new UCL blog reflects on this issue and explores Professor Ekins’s arguments for an optimistic approach to sustainable energy solutions.  To read more and share your views, visit the UCL Events Blog.