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Zero Carbon Britain Event (London 9th April 2014): Can renewables keep the lights on?

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These slides come from the presentation made by Tobi Kellner and Alice Hooker-Stroud at the ZCB Event: "Can renewables keep the lights on?" held at St John's church, Waterloo, London on the 9th April 2014.

They outline the Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future scenario detailing how the UK can rise to the climate challenge and run on net zero emissions. It includes questions posed to the audience for a 'world cafe' style discussion that followed the presentation sessions.

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Zero Carbon Britain Event (London 9th April 2014): Can renewables keep the lights on?

  1. 1. (1973)
  2. 2. (2014)
  3. 3. “Voices from a disused quarry” www.publications.cat.org.uk
  4. 4. www.cat.org.uk
  5. 5. www.zerocarbonbritain.org
  6. 6. Can we ‘keep the lights on’ with a 100% renewable and carbon neutral energy system? Can we provide a healthy low-carbon diet for the UK population? New research
  7. 7. A technically robust scenario in which the UK has risen to the challenge of climate change.
  8. 8. Net zero across all greenhouse gas emissions (not just energy), using technology we have now.
  9. 9. From this …
  10. 10. … to this
  11. 11. Without major impacts on quality of life (in fact, we think this future looks pretty good)
  12. 12. We have to see the future like this No ‘business as usual’ future is available.
  13. 13. “Need an explicit recognition that it is ‘large and difficult’, not ‘simple and painless’” – Stuart Capstick
  14. 14. So, how does this work?
  15. 15. Energy
  16. 16. From:
  17. 17. From:
  18. 18. Today
  19. 19. Supply Demand
  20. 20. Can we “keep the lights on”?
  21. 21. The ZCB Energy Model: Based on ten years of real-world hourly data 2002 - 2011 87,648 hours
  22. 22. ZCB electricity supply
  23. 23. ZCB electricity demand
  24. 24. Land use ©AllrightsreservedbyCentreforAlternativeTechnology
  25. 25. TodayZCB Biomass 70% of our land (85% livestock) 55% of our food
  26. 26. TodayZCB Biomass
  27. 27. Land use in ZCB There is enough space for: • Food • Biomass • Natural spaces
  28. 28. Food + diets model: nutrition, emissions, land
  29. 29. Land use GHG emissions today ~ 10% of UK total
  30. 30. Agricultural GHG emissions today ~ 10% of UK total
  31. 31. Current average UK diet 64% of adults overweight/obese (Bates et al, 2011). 71% of deaths in 2010 from diet- related disease (WHO, 2013).
  32. 32. Current average UK diet 64% of adults overweight/obese (Bates et al, 2011). 71% of deaths in 2010 from diet- related disease (WHO, 2013). • Too much food.
  33. 33. Current average UK diet 64% of adults overweight/obese (Bates et al, 2011). 71% of deaths in 2010 from diet- related disease (WHO, 2013). • Too much food. • An unhealthy balance.
  34. 34. Current average UK diet 64% of adults overweight/obese (Bates et al, 2011). 71% of deaths in 2010 from diet- related disease (WHO, 2013). • Too much food. • An unhealthy balance. • Too much HFSS and high protein foods. • Too little fruit, vegetables and cereals.
  35. 35. Current average UK diet 64% of adults overweight/obese (Bates et al, 2011). 71% of deaths in 2010 from diet- related disease (WHO, 2013). • Too much food. • An unhealthy balance. • Too much HFSS and high protein foods. • Too little fruit, vegetables and cereals. • Waste (30% in Europe (FAO, 2011)).
  36. 36. Food + diets model: nutrition, emissions, land
  37. 37. Change our diets
  38. 38. Change our diets • Switch high protein foods 5-6 portions meat/dairy/eggs. 4 portions ‘alternatives’ (beans, pulses etc). + Milk for tea/coffee.
  39. 39. Change our diets + halve food waste + improve agricultural practices = Emissions - 75%
  40. 40. 85% of our food 55% of our food
  41. 41. Grow all the biomass need
  42. 42. Capture remaining carbon Safe, proven, long- lasting methods: • Restore 50% of peatlands • Double forest area • More use of UK wood products
  43. 43. This is how it works.
  44. 44. Net zero GHG emissions is possible. • Using technology available now. • Without major impacts on quality of life.
  45. 45. We can provide a reliable energy supply. • 100% renewable/carbon-neutral. • No nuclear, no fossil fuels. • Using technology available today. ZCB also shows that
  46. 46. We can provide a reliable energy supply. • 100% renewable/carbon-neutral. • No nuclear, no fossil fuels. • Using technology available today. We can provide a healthy sustainable diet, biomass and capture carbon using UK land. ZCB also shows that
  47. 47. Other benefits: • 1.5 million jobs • Increased resilience • Biodiversity • Improved wellbeing © All rights reserved by Centre for Alternative Technology
  48. 48. Other benefits: • 1.5 million jobs • Increased resilience • Biodiversity • Improved wellbeing A positive future. © All rights reserved by Centre for Alternative Technology
  49. 49. Zero Carbon Britain
  50. 50. To demonstrate that integrated and technically feasible solutions do exist.
  51. 51. To demonstrate that integrated and technically feasible solutions do exist. To support and inspire the action needed to achieve a positive zero carbon future.
  52. 52. www.zerocarbonbritain.org
  53. 53. www.zerocarbonbritain.org 18th – 20th July
  54. 54. www.zerocarbonbritain.org
  55. 55. How can ZCB be most useful?
  56. 56. How can ZCB be most useful? • Helps us see the scale of our actions.
  57. 57. How can ZCB be most useful? • Helps us see the scale of our actions. • Be more radical in what we ask for.
  58. 58. How can ZCB be most useful? • Helps us see the scale of our actions. • Be more radical in what we ask for. • As a tool to help forge political will.
  59. 59. http://www.twoenergyfutures.org Danny Chivers et al.
  60. 60. How can ZCB be most useful? • Helps us see the scale of our actions. • Be more radical in what we ask for. • As a tool to help forge political will. • Helps local groups fit into a bigger picture.
  61. 61. How can ZCB be most useful? • Helps us see the scale of our actions. • Be more radical in what we ask for. • As a tool to help forge political will. • Helps local groups fit into a bigger picture. • Helps us imagine an alternative future.
  62. 62. ‘What we need is credible optimism … the real problem is that we can’t imagine the alternative’ – Naomi Klein
  63. 63. www.cat.org.uk | @centre_alt_tech www.zerocarbonbritain.org | #ZCB We have the technology to power the UK with 100% renewable energy, to feed ourselves sustainably and to leave a safe and habitable climate for our children and future generations.
  64. 64. Have you learned something new this evening? Speak to someone with the same coloured blob
  65. 65. How are you feeling right now? (bit of emotion please…) Speak to someone with a different coloured blob
  66. 66. Is there a particular fact or statistic that’s going to stick in your head? Blue blobs speak to green blobs Black blobs speak to red blobs
  67. 67. Is there anything you’re thinking about differently as a result of the evening? Blue blobs speak to red blobs Black blobs speak to green blobs
  68. 68. Who do you think might find ZCB useful – will you tell them? Speak to someone with the same coloured blob
  69. 69. Will anything you’ve learned tonight change your approach to sustainability or environmental action? Speak to someone with a different coloured blob
  70. 70. What do you think is the most useful thing to do with this research now? Speak to someone with a different coloured blob
  71. 71. Don’t forget to add your thoughts to the comment and feedback cards!
  72. 72. Thankyou! (now just have fun) Speak to whoever you want!
  73. 73. www.cat.org.uk | @centre_alt_tech www.zerocarbonbritain.org | #ZCB

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