The GeoEnergy Research Centre (GERC) is hosting an evening lecture on the subject of ‘Brexit and Energy’, as part of the University’s programme of events for EU Sustainable Energy Week (19-25 June).
The lecture will be delivered by Professor Derek Taylor — an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham and a former energy advisory to the European Commission.
Brexit will have an impact on many – or even most – aspects of our society. Energy will not escape. The extent to which it affects the UK’s energy policy will, of course, very much depend on the outcomes of the various negotiations that are to take place with the remaining 27 Member States of the EU.
While the UK’s energy demand has decreased in recent years and its production of renewables has increased significantly, its energy imports are now at a level never seen since the early 1970s. The main reason for this is the decline of production of crude oil from the UK sector of the North Sea. However, it may not be the future imports of oil that could cause problems in a post-Brexit era but more the imports of gas and electricity. There are also large question marks over possible changes to climate policy, together with other often related environmental legislation, and nuclear regulation. Finally, Ireland’s very close ties with the UK in the energy sector is another complex facet of this whole issue.
This event is open to all and free to attend.
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