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Decarbonising the UK: The role of geological science

Bryan Lovell Meeting 2019: The role of geological science in the decarbonisation of power production, heat, transport and industry

21 - 23 January 2019

Decarbonisation of the UK’s energy, industry and transport will play a major role in reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change. With decarbonisation central to UK government policy, this year’s Bryan Lovell meeting brings together scientists, policy makers and industry experts to discuss the role of the geosciences and to outline and challenge barriers to the UK’s progress. The meeting will feature a 90 minute panel discussion chaired by Andrew Miller, former MP & Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, which will be used to draft a government report on how high level barriers to decarbonisation should be addressed.

Topics addressed will include renewable energy sources, carbon capture and storage, nuclear and geothermal power, critical mineral resources and seabed mining. The panel discussion, to be held on 24 January 14.30-16.00, will assemble the conference’s key themes and specifically address issues to be taken forward to government.

Keynote speakers:

Spencer Dale, Group chief economist, BP: ‘Trends in world energy and decarbonisation’

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, on climate change and policy

Nick Pidgeon, Director of the Understanding Risk Research Group, Cardiff University: ‘Public views of geoscience decarbonisation options’

Andrew Miller, former MP and first Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (panel discussion Chair.)  

Other talks include:

Charlotte Adams, University of Durham: ‘District Heating’ – on the geoscience techniques used to examine the nationwide potential for stored heat in flooded coal mines.

Thomas Dreisner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: ‘Icelandic Deep Drilling’ – on the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP).

Ingrid Feyling, Equinor, ‘Siting of Offshore Wind Turbines’ – on the role off offshore wind power in achieving a low carbon future.

Martin Blunt, Imperial College, ‘The design of carbon dioxide storage’ – an overview of the challenges associated with the design of safe and effective carbon dioxide storage in the subsurface.


1. The Geological Society of London, founded 1807, is a learned and professional body, of over 12,000 Earth scientists with a remit to investigate, interpret, discuss, inform and advise on the nature and processes of the Earth, their practical importance to humanity, and, in the interests of the public, to promote professional excellence. The Society offers advice to Parliament and Government, at individual and corporate levels. Registered Charity No. 210161. 

2. The 2019 Bryan Lovell Meeting is organised by the Geological Society in partnership with the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). 

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