Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.

Ep36: Prof. Jim Skea 'It's climate, Jim, but not as we know it.'

Episode Summary

This week, Michael Liebreich is joined by Professor Jim Skea from Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy and the co-author of the seminal IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. Bio Jim Skea is a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London and the co-author of the IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. He’s still involved in the works of the IPCC, currently co-chairing the Working Group III (focused on climate change mitigation) contribution to AR6. Between 2012 and 2017 Professor Skea was an Energy Strategy Fellow at the Research Councils UK. Meanwhile, he was also the President of the Energy Institute between 2015 and 2017. He led the UK Energy Research Centre and worked on UK’s energy transition scenarios from 2004-2012. Born in Scotland, Jim Skea read Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD in Physics at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory. After completing his PhD, Jim Skea stayed on at the Cavendish Laboratory where he worked as a research assistant. In 1981, he moved to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he worked as a research associate and moved through the ranks, all the way to becoming a professorial fellow in 1994. He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2004 and CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2013 for his work on sustainability. Links Official bio https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.skea IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/ EEA COVID Debate No. 7 - COVID-19 and climate change (December 2020) https://www.youtube.com/watchv=SuXQdmjlmGA&list=PL1_QSyumTz7Am38J5tXamPEWUhb5szB3Z&index=7 Jim interviewed by BBC for ‘Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM’ (October 2020) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54662615 IPCC Working Group 3 https://www.ipcc.ch/working-group/wg3/ Centre for Environmental Policy https://www.imperial.ac.uk/environmental-policy/research/ Further Reading: Climate Wars Episode IV: a New Hope for the 2020s? 17 December 2019 https://about.bnef.com/blog/in-climate-wars-episode-4-the-2020s-will-bring-new-hope/ RCP8.5 is Bollox - but for how much longer? 27 March 2021 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rcp85-bollox-how-much-longer-michael-liebreich/ About Cleaning Up Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on. And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends. Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich Follow Cleaning Up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp Links to other Podcast Platforms: https://www.cleaningup.live/

Episode Notes

This week, Michael Liebreich is joined by Professor Jim Skea from Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy and the co-author of the seminal IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C.

 

Bio

 

Jim Skea is a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London and the co-author of the IPCC 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. He’s still involved in the works of the IPCC, currently co-chairing the Working Group III (focused on climate change mitigation) contribution to AR6.

 

Between 2012 and 2017 Professor Skea was an Energy Strategy Fellow at the Research Councils UK.  Meanwhile, he was also the President of the Energy Institute between 2015 and 2017. He led the UK Energy Research Centre and worked on UK’s energy transition scenarios from 2004-2012.

 

Born in Scotland, Jim Skea read Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD in Physics at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory. After completing his PhD, Jim Skea stayed on at the Cavendish Laboratory where he worked as a research assistant. In 1981, he moved to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he worked as a research associate and moved through the ranks, all the way to becoming a professorial fellow in 1994.  

 

He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2004 and CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2013 for his work on sustainability.

 

Links

 

Official bio

 

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.skea

 

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC

 

https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/  

 

EEA COVID Debate No. 7 - COVID-19 and climate change (December 2020)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=SuXQdmjlmGA&list=PL1_QSyumTz7Am38J5tXamPEWUhb5szB3Z&index=7

 

Jim interviewed by BBC for ‘Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM’ (October 2020)

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54662615

 

IPCC Working Group 3

 

https://www.ipcc.ch/working-group/wg3/

 

Centre for Environmental Policy

 

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/environmental-policy/research/  

 

Further Reading: 

 

Climate Wars Episode IV: a New Hope for the 2020s? (17 December 2019) 

https://about.bnef.com/blog/in-climate-wars-episode-4-the-2020s-will-bring-new-hope/ 

RCP8.5 is Bollox - but for how much longer? (27 March 2021)

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/rcp85-bollox-how-much-longer-michael-liebreich/ 

Climate Tipping Points 

https://climatetippingpoints.info/ 
 

About Cleaning Up

 

Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development.

 

Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on.

 

And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends.

 

Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp

Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich

Follow Cleaning Up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp

Links to other Podcast Platforms: https://www.cleaningup.live/