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Policies for Reducing Personal Carbon

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Emissions arising in the home or from personal transportation constitute about half of direct UK greenhouse gas pollution. Various policies have been suggested to tackle these sectors, such as personal energy quotas or environmetal tax reform, but may face large political barriers. This meeting we will discuss how governments should regulate personal greenhouse gas pollution with the following excellent panelists who will speak on Policies for Reducing Personal Carbon:


  1. Dr Terry Barker, 4CMR, University of Cambridge,
  2. Dr Philip Sargent, Cambridge Energy Forum,
  3. Dr Richard Starkey, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester
  4. Dr Adrian Wrigley, University of Cambridge
  5. Prof Douglas Crawford-Brown, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Programme: Policies for Reducing Personal Carbon

1345 – 1415: Coffee and Registration

1415 – 1430: Welcome and Introduction

Dr Terry Barker – 4CMR, University of Cambridge

Dr Philip Sargent – Cambridge Energy Forum

Chair: Dr Terry Barker – 4CMR, University of Cambridge

1430 – 1500: Personal Carbon Trading: an overview Dr Richard Starkey – Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

1500 – 1530: Systemic Fiscal Reform Dr Adrian Wrigley – University of Cambridge

1530 – 1550: Reducing Personal Carbon Footprints: a UK-US Comparison Professor Douglas Crawford Brown – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1550 – 1620: Tea

1620 – 1655: Panel session and Questions

Chair: Dr Terry Barker – 4CMR, University of Cambridge

  • Dr Richard Starkey – University of Manchester
  • Dr Adrian Wrigley – University of Cambridge
  • Prof Doug Crawford-Brown – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1655 – 1700: Concluding remarks

Dr Terry Barker – 4CMR, University of Cambridge

1700 – 1800: Reception

Coffee and tea are provided half-way through the afternoon, and wine and a buffet after the closing remarks.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Terry Barker is Director, 4CMR (Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Leader of the Tyndall Centre’s Integrated Modelling programme of research and Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics. He was a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) in the IPCC Third Assessment Report (2001) and the Fourth Assessment Report (2007) for the chapter on mitigation from a cross-sectoral perspective, covering the macroeconomic costs of mitigation at national, regional and global levels in the short and medium term (to 2030). Research interests are in GHG mitigation policy, large-scale computable energy-environment-economy and world energy modelling. He has directed and co-ordinated many large projects building and applying large-scale economic models of the UK, the European Union and the global economy. He has edited or authored some 12 books and 100 articles and papers.

Dr Philip Sargent is a founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and takes a lead in developing its programme of work. He has extensive knowledge of energy technologies internationally. Philip had had a university research career as a physical metallurgist working in product design and materials selection at Cambridge, Technion and Carnegie Mellon universities where he was a visiting professor. He is a member of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Chartered Engineer, and has accountancy and management experience. He is currently working at Diboride Conductors Ltd., which he founded, which makes superconducting wire with Rolls Royce plc.

Dr Richard Starkey works at the University of Manchester and is a research fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. During his time at Tyndall he has conducted research into the feasibility and appropriateness of Domestic Tradable Quotas (DTQs), a proposed personal carbon trading scheme. An equal allocation of emissions rights is at the heart of personal carbon trading and, over the last two years, Richard has been assessing what level of support exists within the philosophical literature on distributive justice for such an allocation.

Dr Douglas Crawford-Brown is Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Emeritus Director of the Institute for the Environment, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Cambridge, UK, in 2008 and is now Senior Sustainability Advisor for Pell Frischmann and a Principal in EnviroTech, linking energy and environmental innovators, investors and adopters. He received his degrees in physics (BS; MS) and nuclear science (PhD) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His activities focus on sustainability in the public and private sectors, modeling human health risks, modeling alternative policies to tackle environmental problems, assessing the quality of scientific information, and developing tools of risk assessment.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research Seminar Series series.

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