2022 Zienkiewicz Lecture - 'A Whole Systems Approach to achieving Net Zero: a 21st Century Energy System'.

College of Engineering


Professor Sir Jim McDonald BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, CEng, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Speaker's Biography

Professor Sir Jim McDonald is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde. He Co-chairs, with the First Minister of Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board. He is Co-Chair of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board. He currently holds several senior business appointments with organisations including the Weir Group plc, Scottish Power plc, and the UK National Physical Laboratory. Additionally, he Chairs or participates in several senior committees related to research, economic development and education. In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy. He was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September, 2019, through which he is a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. He was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems since 1993. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, the Energy Institute and an international member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

From: 9 Nov 2022, 6 p.m.
To: 26 Oct 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Watch live on YouTube -, Other

There is a need to redesign and implement a new energy system that embeds net zero objectives in supply and demand to address the challenge of climate change. The resolution of the ‘energy trilemma’ across energy decarbonisation, cost and security – compounded by the need for societal acceptance and economic value – should be central to this.
This talk will present a framework for such a whole systems approach in technology, innovation, policy, skills and investment. Examples will be provided in a number of energy themes including: offshore wind; smart, d.c. and autonomous grids; hydrogen; built environment; and, nuclear. These themes will be presented in the context of a redesigned, low-carbon, energy system for the 21stC.
The requirements for engineering, technology, innovation and skills will be highlighted as fundamental requirements to realise this energy future.

Contact: Sam Board (Email: zienkiewicz-lecture@swansea.ac.uk)

Website: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/zcce/zienkiewicz-lecture/

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