Claire Barlow and Shaun Fitzgerald in conversation: greenhouse gas removal choices
Monday 21 September 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm BST
We have been polluting our planet with greenhouse gases for decades, and we need to a) stop continuing to put more gases into the atmosphere and b) undo the damage we have caused. It is like a bathtub filling with dirty water; we need to turn the taps off but we also need to drain it. Greenhouse gas removal hasn’t even started in earnest – we don’t even have a strategy for which options should be used.
We will have an ‘In Conversation’ session with Shaun Fitzgerald, who has recently joined the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge working with Sir David King, and Claire Barlow from the Engineering Department, bringing some manufacturing industry focus, to hear about the various options which have been devised thus far and the plans to compare their strengths and weaknesses. If we are to get serious with greenhouse gas removal, we need a strategy soon so that we can start scaling up the right options.
A recording of this session is available to watch on YouTube.
Dr Claire Barlow (Girton 1973)
Dr Claire Barlow is a sustainability and materials engineer, with a particular interest in the end-of-life of products, their re-use and recycling.
She studied for both her undergraduate degree and her PhD at Cambridge University, at the Department of Materials Science and Girton College before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College. She is a lecturer in the Engineering Department, where she has held a series of roles over time (Course Director for the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, Director of Undergraduate Education, Deputy Head of Department (responsibility for undergraduate teaching) and Interim Head of Department).
She has been Director of Studies in Engineering at Newnham since 1988, and is currently Senior Fellow.
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald (Girton 1986)
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald is a senior member of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge. He has spent nearly all of his career on climate change issues, working at the interface of research, industry, policy and public engagement. His research has covered geothermal power production, energy-efficient building design, and now includes greenhouse gas removal technologies. He has been on the faculty at Stanford and Cambridge and had several years in management consulting. He then founded and ran a successful low energy ventilation business, leading it through multiple rounds of venture capital before selling the business to an established plc. He then took up the position as Director of the Royal Institution, before returning to Cambridge to join CCRC.
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