Dr Stuart Wainwright OBE, Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), will be presenting on the role of science in reaching net-zero at The Second National Energy and Sustainability Conference and Exhibition 2024, which takes place at The Kia Oval in London on 12-13 March.

Organised by the Institute of Government and Public Policy this two-day event centres around energy transition in the public sector. The event brings together thought leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss topics like the transition to zero-emission vehicles, green transportation, sustainable business, and the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Within his talk on 12 March Dr Wainwright will look at

  • Monitoring and measuring greenhouse gas emissions – understanding sources and sinks
  • Net zero plus – balancing achieving net zero with wider environmental and societal needs
  • Delivering science-based strategies and solutions

UKCEH also have a presence at the event exhibition (stand 11) with scientists available to talk about a range of topics including reaching net zero, reducing air and noise pollution and achieving biodiversity net gain to urban cooling, predicting, preventing and mitigating floods and droughts and improving water quality.

Available to view on the stand is the UKCEH City Explorer Toolkit which enables planners to explore different options for greenspace creation, taking account of different challenges from air pollution or cooling in a city, as well as social and economic factors which help identify the most vulnerable populations. The tool helps planners select the best location for actions such as new street trees or parks, depending on local priorities.

Professor Laurence Jones, who oversees UKCEH’s cross-cutting urban research and has helped develop natural capital accounts for urban ecosystem services will be demonstrating the City Explorer Toolkit on the stand. Also with him is Danial Owen (Spatial Analyst), Gianni Vesuviano (Hydrological Modeller) and Michael Hutchins (Water Quality Modeller).

Related links

UKCEH City Explorer Toolkit

Essential Science for Sustainable Cities

The Second National Energy and Sustainability Conference and Exhibition 2024