Dwindling oil reserves in the North Sea, the planned closure of coal fired-generators, a moratorium on onshore oil and gas extraction, call to raise renewables targets – the energy mix is changing and becoming increasingly diverse.
So how will we power the UK in the future? This is the very question that the UK Government’s chief scientific advisor is due to address in a speech at the Glasgow Science Centre next month.
Professor Sir Mark Walport will be discussing the way we supply and use energy today, and the options we have for the future.
He said: “The UK faces a series of choices about energy. We all require energy to live and our dependence on it is total. But how we supply energy and how we use it in the future needs to change.
“We need power that is secure, affordable and more than ever we need it to be sustainable.”
The need for sustainable energy is compounded by the UK’s recent commitment to reduce carbon dioxide levels and global agreement for action on climate change at last month summit in Paris.
Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive, Glasgow Science Centre added: “The constant, steady availability of energy underpins our modern lives. To deliver a secure, affordable and cleaner energy future, society must engage with and understand the issues related to future energy supply.”
Guests will be able to put their questions to both speakers before visiting Glasgow Science Centre’s new energy-themed exhibition.