CHANGE IN A TIME OF CHAOS. A Series of Science & Faith webinars with St Columbas-by-the-Castle.
Our fifth webinar in this series is in partnership with The Open University, and focuses on the challenge of decarbonising heating in Scotland and the relationship with fuel poverty issues.
Great progress has been made in Scotland with 97% of electricity now supplied from renewable sources. There still remain significant challenges ahead, particularly with decarbonising heat which will need to tackle issues such as the energy efficiency of existing housing stock. The transition to low/zero carbon heating systems will also require much greater use of electricity with heat pump technologies, or conversion of boilers and appliances to hydrogen.
Professor Stephen Peake is Professor of Climate Change and Energy at The Open University. He is also Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Previously he has served as international civil servant at the International Energy Agency at the OECD in Paris and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based in Bonn, Germany.
Originally trained as a physicist, Stephen gained a PhD in Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge. His research interests include energy scenarios, sustainability leadership, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and communicating climate change, the role of arts and performance in scientific and engineering leadership training, and education for sustainability with a particular focus on business schools.