Professor Paul Stevens

Professor Paul Stevens

Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House

Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House. Educated at Cambridge and SOAS; 1973-1979 teaching at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon; 1979-93 at the University of Surrey; 1993-2008, Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics at the University of Dundee, Scotland, a chair created by BP. Currently Professor Emeritus at Dundee and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ). March 2009 he was presented with the OPEC Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil research. He has published widely on petroleum, economic development in the Gulf and other related issues.

Keynote Speaker and Panelist: SESSION: Energy
Wealth Flows from Energy and Ideas: The future is green energy. How does the aluminium industry get there?

All Sessions by Professor Paul Stevens

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Energy | Wealth Flows from Energy and Ideas: The future is green energy. How does the aluminium industry get there?

The aluminium industry has never been afraid to build power plants to service aluminium smelters. There are countless examples throughout the history of the aluminium industry. Does the same still apply now and in the future? Previously it mattered less how the electricity was generated. Today we must consider renewable energy, hydroelectricity, nuclear energy and other breakthrough technologies. What will the future in energy investment look like in real terms?

8:30 am - 9:15 am

The world needs to act on climate change. The aluminium industry generates around 1.1 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year constituting 1% of the total global caused CO2 emissions. Our industry must do our part to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the world's fight against climate change. We need to reboot commitments and actions to meet the needs of the environment. We especially need to re-evaluate our energy supply.

  • How can we achieve the 80% reduction in emissions that we need?
  • How many shades of green are there in Aluminium?
  • What’s the challenges and opportunities for Hydroelectricity, Wind and Solar energy?
  • What about Nuclear Energy? is it classified as green energy? is it a potential? How is uranium waste safely disposed?
  • What about other inventions and new breakthrough solutions? Like large scale storage batteries farms and facilities?
  • Do governments recognise the value in allocating scarce energy resources to aluminium?
  • Until we reach our utopia of zero environmental impact, what can we do with our current technology?
  • What other new technologies do we need to develop?