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Energy Lecture: Urgency of Energy Transition: Urgenda

When:We 23-11-2016 16:00 - 17:30
Where:Study Landscape a building of the University College Groningen (Hoendiepskade 23/24, 9718 BG Groningen)

Marjan Minnesma, managing director and co-founder of Urgenda Foundation won a court case against the state of The Netherlands forcing government to act on climate issues. She headed a much published 600 km march to the Paris Conference of 2015. Following up on the great success of her inspiring lecture for Energy Academy earlier this year, Minnesma will return to discuss the state of the matters little over one month after the European Union ratified the Paris Agreement. This time, she will focus on the urgency to act. In order to stay below the 1,5 degrees temperature rise, we need to move to 100% sustainable energy in 2030. The transition has to get in to acceleration mode. Great things are still possible, but there is no time to lose. Where do the main challenges lie? Where do we find the biggest opportunities? These are issues that she will elaborate on during her lecture today.

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Last year, Marjan Minnesma of Urgenda headed a 600 km march to Paris leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP21. This conference led to the Paris Agreement dealing with greenhouse gasses, emissions mitigation adaptation and finance, effective as of November 2016. One of the most striking results of this summit is the commitment of 195 countries to strive for limitation of global temperature rise to no more than 1,5 degrees.

In her Energy Lecture last February, Marjan Minnesma already stressed the importance of, and possibilities for reaching 100% sustainable energy by 2030. Urgency to act on sustainable energy will be the main focus of the day, but there are many topics that derive from this. Because many other issues are related to the climate change. What environmental, economical and (geo)political consequences does the rapid transition have. What role can the lawsuit that Urgenda filed against the Dutch government play, what does divestment in fossil fuels mean. And, most important, what solutions do we have to these issues?

So if you are interested in what change is happening around you, what the main challenges for the upcoming 15 years will be and how we will get to 100% sustainable energy. Or if you just want to learn more about the energy transition, we recommend you attend this lecture: get inspired, ask questions and discuss issues during this interactive session.

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