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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Because the energy sector is responsible for most of the greenhouse gases emitted globally, the adoption of low carbon energy technologies is an essential measure for reducing the risks of climate change, and to foster sustainable economic development. This talk embraces the predicament of transforming the global power sector in three steps: the past, the present and the future. It starts with a brief look at the history of the energy sector, where periods of rapid and profound technological transformations can be identified. Then we move into the present, taking a snapshot of the global energy sector and its current contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Finally, with the help of FTT (Future Technology Transformations), a model developed at the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, future scenarios of energy and emissions are analysed.


Pablo Salas


Pablo Salas is a member of the Energy Systems Modelling Research Group of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR) in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, where he is currently pursuing his PhD. With an academic background in Electrical Engineering and Economics, Mr. Salas focuses on research that examines the interactions among energy, environmental and economic systems, as these can be used to improve global strategies for climate change risk reduction and development of sustainable economics. Formerly, he has worked on the design and development of large-scale engineering systems of energy and technology in Latin America.

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013 - 16:00 to 17:00
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Mill Lane Lecture room 7