Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Virtual Lunch Seminar

What happens to climate vulnerability when we transition from a fossil fuel society to a 100% renewable energy society?

CET is happy to announce this week's CET Virtual Lunch seminar with Carlo Aall, researcher at Western Norway Research Institute and Norwegian Norwegian Research Centre on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation (Noradapt).

Carlo Aall in his home office
Carlo Aall will be joining us from his home office in Sogndal.

Main content

About the talk:

Many of the renewable energy forms are produced by “weather” like rain and wind, and sections of renewables are challenging to transport (e.g soil and “fjord” heat). How does this affect societies exposure to climate change? The European Environmental Agency (EEA) came out with the 2019 report «Adaptation challenges and opportunities for the European energy system. Building a climate‑resilient low‑carbon energy system». The study points out that most European countries have considered the energy sector in their national analysis of climate vulnerability and adaptation, while the issue of climate vulnerability is to a small extent considered in national energy plans and strategies. Recently, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) came with an analysis of power production in the Nordic countries towards 2040. Here, the consequences of climate change are (to a small extent) discussed, but is predominately framed as a question of how much the potential for hydropower can increase.

With this in mind, Norwegian Research Centre on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation (Noradapt) has set aside funding to do an international knowledge review on this theme.

Carlo Aall holds a master in Nature conservation from the Agricultural University of Norway (1987) and took his PhD at the University of Aalborg in 2002. The title of his thesis was “When is Change Change? From nature protection to sustainable development in Norwegian municipalities”. He has been working at WNRI since 1990, and from 2006 - 2017 he was head of the environmental research group. From 2012 to 2014 Carlo acted as a visiting professor in Sustainable Development at Aarhus University Herning, Denmark, and from 2016 and onwards he has acted as professor II in Sustainable Development at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

Carlo has prior to WNRI worked as an environmental adviser in the municipality of Ølen (1988-90) and has since 1996 been involved together with his wife in a farm restaurant specialising on organic and local food (www.henjatunet.no). Carlo has worked with a number of large research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council as well as international EU financed projects.

As from 1 January 2019, Aall is leading the newly established Norwegian Research Centre on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation (Noradapt)  

Guidelines for our virtual seminars:

  • To enter the seminar use this link: https://uib.zoom.us/j/403044937 - We have moved over to Zoom as this is a better presenter experience compared with Teams. UiB uses Zoom through Uninett, which is in-line with Norwegian GDPR regulations.   
  • "Doors open" at 12pm. From 12-12.15 you will be able to present yourself and be introduced to the rest of the participants.
  • After 12.15 and whenever you are not speaking please mute your microphone, as this can disturb others.
  • If you have a comment or a question please use the chat function (speech bubble on the options panel) to signal you have a question.
  • The moderator will introduce you when it is your turn to ask a question – Remember to unmute your microphone!
  • Sit back and enjoy the seminar and connecting with the CET network!

As always, the CET Lunch Seminars are open for anyone interested. Please share in your networks to people who could be interested in this week's topic.