Fossil fuel limit in climate change

A conference hosted this week by UCC will hear calls for certain fossil fuels to remain in the ground to limit future global warming.

The event on the subject of ‘unburnable carbon’ will take place on Wednesday and will feature an address by Christophe McGlade, research associate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources in University College London.

Research by that department suggests a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves, and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policymakers.

The study pinpointed the location of existing reserves that should remain unused and highlights the regions that stand to lose most from achieving the 2°C goal. The event will also hear from Brian Ó’Gallachóir of UCC’s Energy Policy and Modelling Group, who will present research on reducing Ireland’s dependency on imported fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions.

On May 13, the International Energy Research Centre Conference will be opened in Cork’s Clarion Hotel by Energy Minister Alex White.

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