There is wide recognition that climate change is a critical risk and an urgent issue facing society. 25 years after the Rio Earth Summit, the world is still hoping to decarbonize the global economy. Transition pathways to decarbonize various sectors of the economy abound the literature.
But in 1992, if we could have foreseen where the world would be today, we would surely have been alarmed and in denial.
The Paris Agreement is our latest call to action. For infrastructure and energy systems, the Paris landmark year of 2030 is just around the corner but then an even deeper transition awaits. As we look ahead to this decarbonisation transition, many questions emerge.
Will we experience industrial bottlenecks – limits in critical material supplies, bottlenecks in manufacturing capacity and supply chains or will human and organizational capacity be sufficient to deliver the massive and rapid transformation in systems?
Chris Greig leads both the UQ Energy Initiative and the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. Chris is a Chemical Engineer having obtained his degree and PhD at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
His 25 year industry career commenced as the founder of a successful process technology and contracting company which was later sold to a major international engineering company. Since then and prior to joining UQ, he held senior project and executive roles in the mining and energy industries internationally, including as CEO of ZeroGen a large scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. In 2011, following a comprehensive feasibility study and CO2 storage exploration program costing over $100 M, he recommended the project be discontinued due to the lack of a business case and climate policy uncertainty.
During his time at UQ, Chris has also held Non-Executive Directorships with ASX listed companies and was Deputy Chairman of Gladstone Ports Corporation. He remains a Director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia. His main interests at UQ lie in Energy Transitions, Economics and Policy, Energy for Development, Mega-Project Implementation and CCS.
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