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A Low Carbon Pathway for the Energy Industry?

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29 July 2011
at The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
for the energy industry and scientists
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Individual, Regional and Societal Perspectives

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed as an image gallery.

Presentations from the seminar are available to download (password protected).

This seminar was organised as part of the EU FP7 funded LOCAW (Low Carbon at Work) project, which involves partners from 7 countries (Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, England and Scotland).  The aim of the LOCAW project is to advance our understanding of the drivers of and barriers to sustainable lifestyles by an integrative investigation of the determinants of everyday practices and behaviours within large scale organisations. This seminar explored these issues with a particular focus on the local context - namely the Energy Industry.  What challenges does the oil and gas sector face in transitioning to a low-carbon future?  How important is the shift to renewable energy production from a regional perspective? What is a low-carbon future from the perspective of people employed within the energy industry? What is the relationship between organisational policies and every day (low-carbon) behaviours?  Members of the LOCAW research team, and key stakeholders from the Aberdeen region explored these questions, and discussed some of the opportunities and barriers of transitioning to a low-carbon future.

Details of the LOCAW project are available at:

Seminar Programme

09:00 - 09:15 - Arrival

09:15 - 09:25 - Welcome

09:25 - 09:35 - Ricardo Garcia Mira - Overview of the LOCAW project

09:35 - 10:05 - Mirillia Bonnes, Marino Bonaiuto and Giuseppe Carrus - Diagnosis of everyday practices of production and consumption in organisations

10:05 - 10:25 - David Uzzell and Nora Rathzel - Getting a picture of heavy industry

10:25 - 10:45 - Coffee

10:45 - 11:05 - Roddy Matheson (Aberdeenshire Council) - From offshore oil and gas to household renewables - the importance of the energy industry from a regional perspective

11:05 - 11:25 - Kathryn Mearns (University of Aberdeen) - The perspective of the worker - views on health and safety

11:25 - 11:45 - Ian Carstairs (Scottish Enterprise) - Opportunities and barriers to low carbon in business

11:45 - 12:05 - Andrew Win (Aberdeen City Council) - Shaping Aberdeen's energy future - from vision to transition

12:05 - 12:30 - Facilitated Discussion - Outlining low carbon paths for the energy industry

Further Information

  • Tony Craig - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, The James Hutton Institute Craigiebuckler Aberdeen AB15 8QH Scotland UK Office: +44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.