Thursday, 7 November 2019, 13:00 to 19:30 (GMT), The Building Centre, Store Street, London
LoLo is the London-Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand – a collaboration between the UCL Energy Institute and Loughborough University. Its aim is to help deliver deep reductions in CO2 emissions by 2050 through an innovative, multi- disciplinary, high impact research and training programme. The Centre’s core focus is on the energy performance of buildings, and their multiple interactions with people and the wider energy system.
ERBE is the EPSRC-SFI Centre of Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment – a collaboration between the UCL Energy Institute, Loughborough University and Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy in Ireland (MAREI). ERBE is the successor of our current collaboration in LoLo. The new Centre aims to train innovative leaders with the expertise, multidisciplinary and workplace skills to transform the relationship between buildings and the energy system. This includes increasing flexibility and resilience, reducing demand and providing low carbon, affordable, healthy and productive places to live and work.
Our next Annual Colloquium will be held on the 7 November 2019. Our students are among the brightest in the field, working on topics of profound practical importance; the energy leaders and pioneers of tomorrow who will take on senior roles in academia, industry, commerce, and policy formulation. The conference is your opportunity to meet with them, their academic supervisors and our industrial partners, to hear about and discuss the latest insights and findings in energy demand research, and to contribute to their work.
Keynote speaches to made by LoLo Alumni
New buildings must be net zero carbon in operation by 2030 (at the latest) to help address the climate emergency. This challenge will require involvement and contributions from all actors across the building life cycle as well as insights from academia / industry engagement. An important role in avoiding gaps between intended and actual building performance falls to contractors and small supply chain partners who built out low carbon designs.
Paula has a background in building services engineering and now works as the first building performance manager for BAM Construct UK, who are largely a main contractor but to a smaller extent also handle building design, facilities management and property development. Her role aims to develop the companies’ strategy and capability to deliver buildings that perform in practice; avoiding performance gaps on energy, carbon as well as other building objectives. Post occupancy evaluations and the feeding back of lessons into new projects are key tools for this.
Since completing her PhD through LoLo in 2016, Paula moved on to become the first building performance manager for BAM Construct UK, who are a large main contractor for non-domestic buildings. The role aims to develop the companies’ strategy and capability to deliver buildings that perform in practice; on energy, carbon as well as other building objectives. Post occupancy evaluations and the feeding back of lessons into new projects are key tools for this.
In this keynote, Paula reflects on her time at UCL and how it prepared her (or not) for the task of promoting zero carbon in operation to construction teams. She will also share some observations on challenges in decarbonising the built environment from a contractor perspective, including quality in building information modelling (BIM) and working together across fragmented supply chains.
Questions need to be asked as to the validity and risks of relying on negative emissions technologies (NETs), such as bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The timing is pertinent; as countries move towards ‘net zero’ national targets, and we approach COP26 in 2020, the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are being revised, as part of the Talanoa Dialogue. In the recent 1.5C IPCC report, 81 of the 90 scenarios investigated all required NETs.
There are growing concerns over the BECCS land requirement range with some suggestions that an equivalent of 210% of India’s land, used for food production, would need to be dedicated to growing bio-crops. Furthermore, there are concerns that BECCS may turn out to be a net consumer of energy.
Daniel is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), working in the EU Exit, Energy and Climate directorate. Prior to this, Daniel was a Research Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department of Chatham House, working on a wide range of projects, such as; advising the Chinese government on global energy governance policy, analysis of macro electricity sector trends impacting the business models of utilities, assessing the evolution of mobility (focus on EVs) and the potential resource scarcity of critical metals. Prior to Chatham House, Daniel was an Analyst at Investec Asset Management on the second largest Commodities and Resources investment fund in the City of London, responsible for global oil and renewable energy modelling and company analysis.
In this keynote, Daniel will reflect on the dynamics between these three key actors in shaping climate action, and specifically on the role academia has played in shaping these actors’ views and approach to BECCS.