EPA Climate Change Lecture Series continues with "Technologies for Sustainable Transport"

Date released: Feb 01 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate change lecture series continues on Tuesday, 1st February 2011, at 6.30pm, in the Mansion House, Dublin, with a lecture Technologies for Sustainable Transport by Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, UK.

Professor King’s lecture will focus on the progress made towards the development of various technologies for sustainable transport, including electric and biofuel-powered vehicles. She will also speak about the importance of encouraging consumers to adopt these technologies, and of encouraging manufacturers to invest money in researching and developing them.

According to Professor King, transport is the third largest contributor to global CO2 emissions with almost a billion vehicles burning over half of total oil production. In less than 20 years the number of cars in the world will double. Professor King states that,

“We have to do something about this, to change behaviours and adopt sustainable technologies, some of which are available now, and others which require more investment and more research. This is the only way in which we can deliver improved personal mobility whilst meeting the global target of a 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.”

In Ireland, greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector effectively trebled during the economic boom – emissions per year in 1990 were around 5 million tonnes but grew to over 14 million tonnes by 2007.  The EU Climate Package together with the Cancun Agreement sets out what needs to be done by Ireland and other EU member states and includes actions by key sectors such as transport and agriculture.
According to Laura Burke, Director of the EPA’s Office of Climate Change,
“The EPA organises the Climate Change Lecture Series to inform the public and key stakeholders about the facts of climate change and to provide for open dialogue on the issues which we face in addressing climate change. Ireland already has a number of transport policies in place - a 10 per cent electrical vehicles target, a 10 per cent renewable energy in transport target and the smarter travel plan, all of which will contribute towards mitigation.  However, we are conscious that reducing emissions from the transport sector remains particularly challenging for Ireland and we are therefore delighted to welcome Professor King to the EPA’s Climate Change Lecture series and to hear her contribution in the crucial area of sustainable transport.”

The EPA’s Climate Change Lecture Series is now available on the EPA’s You Tube Channel www.YouTube.com/EPAIreland

Notes to Editor

Background: Professor Julia King
In 2007, Julia King was appointed by the then UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown to conduct the King Review, to examine the fuel and vehicle technologies which over the next 25 years could help the UK to reduce carbon emissions from road transport. She published her interim findings in October 2007 and the full report in March 2008.
She is a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Management Board, the Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, and the World Economic Forum’s Automotive Industry Agenda Council.
In December 2009, Julia was appointed by UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) to be the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador. In this capacity, she promotes the UK’s excellence in low carbon technologies, encourages UK businesses to export, and stimulates inward investment.
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