Tyndall Centre Radical Emissions Reduction Plan Conference 10-11 December 2013

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Event Dates: 
December 10, 2013 to December 11, 2013
London, UK


Radical Emission Reduction Conference

10th - 11th December 2013 (Deadline for Abstracts: 28th June 2013)
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG.
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners, engineers and economists, policy-makers and civil society to detail evidenced-based opportunities for delivering urgent and deep reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.
The Climate Change Context
With large-scale impacts of climate change becoming discernable from the background of natural variability, so concern is rising over the global community’s failure to control emissions. The International Energy Agency (IEA) captures this pivotal moment in history, when noting that"The current state of affairs is unacceptable … energy-related CO2 emissions are at historic highs”[i] and emission trends are “perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius, which would have devastating consequences for the planet”[ii]In similar vein PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC)[iii], the UK Government chief scientist[iv] and a growing body of academics and researchers are allying current emission trends with 4°C to 6°C futures.
Why Radical Mitigation (i.e. emission reductions)?
Today, in 2013, we face an unavoidably radical future. We either continue with rising emissions and reap the radical repercussions of severe climate change, or we acknowledge that we have a choice and pursue radical emission reductions: No longer is there a non-radical option. Moreover, low-carbon supply technologies cannot deliver the necessary rate of emission reductions – they need to be complemented with rapid, deep and early reductions in energy consumption – the rationale for this conference.
Details of the Conference
While there is a wealth of research and experience in delivering incremental reductions in demand, there is little cogent analysis of non-marginalstep-change and systemic reductions – either from a research or from a practitioner perspective. This conference is intended to catalyse such a critical transition in the climate change agenda and provide an evidence-base for developing radical-mitigation strategies.
More specifically the two-day conference, hosted at the Royal Society (London), will consider how to deliver reductions in energy consumption of at least 8% per year (~60% across a decade). It will foster an up-beat and can-do mentality. Obstacles, barriers and hurdles need to be considered, as do practical attempts that have failed to deliver. But lessons need to be learned; translating failure into programmes of successful mitigation is paramount not just to the framing of this event, but more importantly in tackling the very real challenges of climate change.
Abstracts are invited from:
Anyone engaged in understanding or delivering radical mitigation; these may include academics or practitioners working on:
rapid penetration of low-energy end-use technologies
behavioural and practice implications of radical transitions

  • practical examples of sustained and deep emission reductions
  • comparison of historical precedents of radical transitions from other fields
  • governance opportunities and hurdles to foster non-marginal mitigation
  • employment and economic impacts and opportunities of radical mitigation
  • synergies and conflicts between radical mitigation and adaptation

Who should attend?
While the conference is academic in format – meaning that all presentations and discussions will be robust and open to critical scrutiny - the event itself welcomes contributors who are:
-Practitioners attempting to deliver major reductions in absolute energy consumption or emissions, whether from the public and commercial sectors or civil-society groups and different tiers of government.
-Decision makers within government and big business seeking to understand/facilitate radical mitigation.
-Academics and researchers from within and across disciplines, but addressing issues of radical change in energy demand specifically and profound transitions more generally.