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

Paris, Glasgow and AR6: implications for Oil producing nations

When is the right time to say it as it is? Beyond lies, accountancy scams & empty promises. Virtual seminar with Kevin Anderson, Professor II at CET and Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester

Portrait of Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson

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Due to COVID-19, we will not gather physically.

What does "keep 1.5°C alive" actually imply globally, for "developed" and "developing" nations and for Norway specifically?

The IPCC’s latest carbon budgets make clear that just ten years of current emissions will see us blow through a 50:50 chance of 1.5°C. Yet, three months on from COP26, with declarations of climate emergencies now de rigueur and with Exxon and Saudi Arabia singing alongside Statoil (sorry Equinor), BP, and Shell in the 'net-zero' choir, emissions in 2022 are set to rise again.

As we transition from lock-down to Business as Usual, the UK Government approves new North Sea oil fields, earmarks £27 billion for new roads and presides over evermore airport growth. Over the channel, the EU ignores climate science, embraces 'gas as a transition fuel' and sees SUV sales soar to a record high. Across the Atlantic, Biden and Kerry’s climate claims mask $25billion of federal funding for airport expansion and a rise of over 6% in US CO2 emissions in 2021.  

Today, in 2022, the mitigation story is not pretty, but it is the legacy of our thirty-year preference for "lies, accountancy scams and & empty promises".

Against such a tale of self-imposed woe, this presentation will outline some provisional findings of new research in which the IPCC’s carbon budgets are used to guide 'equitable' coal, oil and gas phase-out schedules. Spoiler Alert: Norway does not come out of it well.

About the speaker:

Kevin Anderson is Professor II at CET, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester and is a former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.  He is research active with recent publications in Climate Policy, Royal Society journals, Nature and Science. He engages widely across all tiers of government; from reporting on aviation-related emissions to the EU Parliament, advising the Prime Minister's office on Carbon Trading and having contributed to the development of the UK's Climate Change Act.