Left to right: Paul Mobbs, Prof Seamus Garvey,
This lecture took place on Wednesday 6th June 2007,
7.30pm, at The Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham.
The speakers were:
Independent environmental consultant and author of ‘Energy Beyond
Oil’ (Troubador Publishing Company 2005). Visit www.fraw.org.uk/ebo.
Living within Limits Consultancy (LwL), ecological consultant
and member of Feasta (Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability).
Chair - Professor Seamus Garvey
Director of Research at the University of Nottingham School of
Mechanical Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.
(Professor Garvey has a particular interest in renewables.)
The event was organised by Health in
Your Environment with the support of Climate Action Network Nottinghamshire,
Nottingham City Council and Greater Nottingham Health and Environment
In 2007 the UK became a net importer
of oil and gas. Oil, which provides a third of our energy, will
become scarce and therefore very expensive within the next fifteen to twenty
years. Gas will follow, and eventually coal will also go into depletion. Paul Mobbs argued that - whether because of the dwindling supply of fossil
fuels or because of climate change - individuals and organisations should be
preparing now for a significant contraction in the economy. Brian Davey outlined the local implications in this scenario of the future.
You can listen to the speakers being interviewed by our reporter
Here are the speakers' presentations.
- Callie Lister
from CANN welcomes the audience and sets the event in context.
(2:37, 1.2MB mp3)
- Seamus Garvey
also welcomes the audience, says a little about the University
of Nottingham's work in energy-related technologies, and introduces
Paul Mobbs. (2:16, 1.0MB mp3)
- Paul Mobbs'
talk. (26:13, 12.0MB mp3)
- Brian Davey's
talk (25:41, 11.7MB mp3)
Davey's presentation (7.6MB pdf)
Paul Mobbs' Peak
Energy "Wakey Wakey" tour site has a lot of information
related to the content of his talk. The information section on that
page gives a short introduction to the issues, and you can download
handouts on a range of topics. It also contains PDFs of presentations
that aren't quite the same as the one he gave here but use much
of the same material.
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