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Professor Julia King on The Future of Transport: Sustainable, Affordable and Effective

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Uploaded on Apr 29, 2010

23 Apr 2010 @ 1245

About the Event:

Professor Julia King explored how we can deliver personal mobility, in developed countries and globally, in ways that are sustainable, affordable and effective in the period to 2050.

Since the seminal King Review was published in 2007/08 and presented to the UK government, the focus on carbon emissions from transport has increased. Globally, transport accounts for around 14% of CO2 emissions and over 50% of the worlds oil production. The global car parc is around 850 million vehicles, on average 13 people in 100 have a car; in the US it is 60 in 100, in India and China it is less than 1. If, by 2050, with a world population of 9 billion, we were to reach an average of half of the US level, there would be almost 3 billion cars.

Clearly this is not a sustainable position: to avoid damaging impacts of climate change we need to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% globally, and we may have reached, or be approaching peak oil.

The King Review looked at decarbonising road transport in the UK, in the context of a target of 80% CO2 emissions reduction by 2050 in developed countries, with a focus on vehicle technologies. Professor King will provide an overview of these developments, not only on vehicles but more broadly on cities and consumer behaviour.


About the Speaker:

After sixteen years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities, Julia King joined Rolls-Royce plc in 1994. At Rolls-Royce she held a number of senior executive appointments, including Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group, Managing Director of the Fan Systems Business, and Engineering Director for the Marine Business. In 2002 Julia became Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 she returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London. In December 2006 she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University.

Julia was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2007 to lead the King Review to examine the vehicle and fuel technologies that, over the next 25 years, could help to reduce carbon emissions from road transport. The interim analytical report was published in October 2007, and the final recommendations in March 2008. Throughout her career Julia has held a number of senior public appointments including as a member of the UK Climate Change Commission

Julias academic work includes over 160 papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials and developments in aerospace and marine propulsion technology. Her research has been recognised through the award of the Grunfeld, Bengough, Kelvin and John Collier medals. In 1997 she was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was made a CBE for Services to Materials Engineering in July 1999. She is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company, an Honorary Graduate of Queen Mary, London, and an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and of Cardiff University.

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