Inaugural lecture focuses on a zero carbon future for Wales


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was delighted to welcome Paul Allen, author of Zero Carbon Britain, to deliver the first in a series of Faculty of Business and Management lectures focusing on the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015).

Paul Allen Lecture Group

His lecture, entitled A Resilient Wales’, one of the Wellbeing Act’s seven goals,looked at how Wales can aim for a zero carbon future.  “Wales can lead the world in the next energy revolution”, he said.  “We have all the elements in place that we need to bring about the required cultural shift.  The Wellbeing Act is truly world leading and is a catalyst for change.  We need to imagine a quality future and transform how we live in order to achieve that goal. New generations are already adapting to new values and are rethinking the future”.

Climate science states that current emission reduction targets will not keep us from what is now considered to be 'extremely dangerous' climate change. If we are to leave a safe and habitable climate for our children and future generations, we need to reduce our emissions to zero as soon as possible.

“The research demonstrates that we can live in a modern society with net zero emissions. Using only currently available technology, we can make the transition within the necessary timeframe. We can rise to the challenge of climate change, and create a positive future.”

Paul is the External Relations Officer and is the Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) Project Co-ordinator which was formed at the Centre for Alternative Technology based in Machynlleth in 2006 as a direct response to this challenge, and has to date published three reports on rapid decarbonisation.

Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability and Director of the University’s award winning Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) said “We are delighted to welcome Paul Allen to the University’s Carmarthen campus to deliver the inaugural lecture in our Wellbeing of Future Generations series.

“The aim of these lectures is to invite leading thinkers in their field to the University to explore each of the seven goals and to provide insights on how public sector organisations can work together to deliver on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. 

“Universities are well placed to take a leading role in effecting the cultural shift needed in order to achieve a zero carbon future.  For example, we have embedded sustainability throughout the campuses, culture, community and curriculum at UWTSD.  It is an underpinning institutional value through which we aim to ensure that our research and curriculum respond to current and future economic and social imperatives but are also mindful of how today’s actions will impact upon the future.”

Dr Louise Emanuel of UWTSD Carmarthen Business School added “We were delighted that Paul Allen accepted our invitation for the first in the Faculty lecture series. In talking about his Carbon Zero work and its relationship to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, he showed us the potential for a better future that everybody in Wales can benefit from.” 

Paul Allen

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.  The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.  On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.2.   
  2. The University work through the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) has won many accolades including the inaugural Guardian Award for Sustainabilty in HE in 2013 and the Soil Association Gold Catering Mark for its support of local producers in 2014. In 2015, UWTSD rose from 113th in the UK and a 3rd class degree to a 1st class degree and 8th in the UK (1st in Wales) in the People and Planet University League 2016 and won three awards and one commendation in last year’s Green Gown Awards.
  3. Paul Allen is author of Zero Carbon Britain
  4. Paul joined the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in 1988. He assisted the development and production of a wide range of renewable energy systems and helped develop CAT's spin-off engineering company, Dulas Ltd.. Paul has been Member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010-2014), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008-2013) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007-2015).

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