‘Energy Talks’. The Transition to Net Zero Emissions. What will it take?

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Introducing Dr Chris Greig, Senior Research Scientist, Princeton University Dr Chris Greig, a proud Queenslander, is the Theodora D. ('78) and William H. Walton III ('74) Senior Research Scientist at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, New Jersey.

Prior to joining Princeton, Chris was a Professor in Chemical Engineering, Director of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at the University of Queensland (UQ). Chris also held the position of Director of the UQ Energy Initiative, and currently holds an adjunct appointment with UQ.

With fellow researchers, Eric Larson and Jesse Jenkins, Chris has co-led Princeton’s ground-breaking Net-Zero America study. In this podcast, Chris describes the five pathways the research team decided to take for the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and did so in an unprecedented level of detail and granularity.

Creating a path towards Net Zero 2050 for Australia is a concept that not long ago, was seen by many as an extreme target in climate change politics. But now 2050 is being considered by many as actually too modest.

As the debate on climate change and the COVID 19 recovery comes to the forefront in Australia, a 2050 Net – Zero emissions target is swiftly becoming a global norm. Chris speaks about Australia needing to act quickly and decisively, but also has a lot to consider in regards to infrastructure investment, Capex spending and a social licence to operate.

The Queensland Energy Club welcomes Dr. Chris Greig as our first speaker for Episode 1 of ‘Energy Talks’.

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