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The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

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POSTPONED A zero carbon future: what will it really take?

An Alumni and supporters event
Date17 March 2020
Time18:00 to 20:30
PlaceThe Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


We regret to inform you that this event has been postponed due to the outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Our paramount concern is always for the health and safety of those attending the University’s events.

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Join us at this event showcasing research in the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute in response to the Climate Emergency.

A zero carbon future: what will it really take?

As local governments, universities, and communities worldwide declare climate emergencies, the question of how we move away from unsustainable consumption of our natural resources has become critical. Ambitious sustainability goals have been set, but the technological, economic and social changes required are monumental. What does it really take to achieve a sustainable existence on planet earth, and why must we act now?

At this event, three University of Exeter experts will explore these complex issues: what do the current models tell us about carbon in the atmosphere? Can this radical societal transformation be achieved, and if so, how? And if we are to achieve it, can we effectively predict the deep social and economic implications on society that such a radical transformation will have?


Dr Sarah Chadburn is a Research Impact Fellow working closely with the Met Office. Sarah’s aim is to answer a big question:  What will happen to carbon stores in Arctic soils and plants as the climate changes? This has implications for how much carbon humans can emit through burning fossil fuels, to meet climate change targets.

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright seeks to understand the motivation for pro-environmental and pro-social actions, particularly conceptions of citizenship applied to energy and environmental problems. He also investigates social and psychological aspects of new energy infrastructure such as wind farms and power lines.

Dr Jean-Francois Mercure focuses on modelling the macroeconomic impacts of low-carbon innovation and technological change policy, as well as modelling the global energy-economy-environment system. Jean-Francois also researches climate policy and environmental governance from a social science viewpoint, often playing the role of bridging between disciplines, and interacting with policy-makers through the science-policy interface.


ProviderAlumni and supporters

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