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City Conversations: Gridlocked

Wed 22 Jan 2020, 6-8pm

The increasing demand for electricity, as a result of major energy users such as transport networks and heating systems migrating to electricity, will lead to an inevitable stress on supply and distribution.


We will need to continue to ‘green the grid’ if we are to meet our carbon targets, especially with reduced reliance on nuclear power.  Should we be looking to non-fossil fuel alternatives for heating buildings and, in particular, contribute to use our existing gas distribution system? What is the future of the electricity grid? On the one hand there is a movement which proposes that we meet our carbon targets by moving to more localised systems and reducing our dependence on the grid. Others feel that a more global grid system might be the answer. 


We invite you to come and join our discussion about what built environment professionals need to know and how they need to plan for the future. A panel of experts will look at the issues from a number of perspectives.


Speakers include:

- Bob Lowe, UCL Energy Institute 

- Bill Watts, Max Fordham

- Adriana Rodriguez, Vattenfall

- Tom Whipple, Science Editor at The Times

- Richard McGibbon, Berkeley Homes

- Alasdair Young, BuroHappold Engineering (chair)


“City Conversations” is a series of informative thought-leadership discussions around the big issues that are changing our cities - growth, technology, resource efficiency and climate change. The conversations will address not only the new and changing infrastructure of cities but also how these are brought about and their impact on the lifestyle and wellbeing of citizens. They are produced by The Happold Foundation and ngenuity with support from the Built Environment Trust.



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