Avondlezing door prof.dr. Gadi Rotherberg, georganiseerd door de Rotterdamsche Chemische Kring.
Reaching net-zero by 2050 and staying below +2 degrees average temperature rise are highly popular mantras these days. But are these goals realistic? and do they really take into account social, economic and human factors? In the lecture, I will present a simple back-of-the-envelope calculation showing that we will not reach the goal of keeping average global temperature increase below +2 degrees. An increase of 3-4 degrees is much more likely. With this unpopular yet realistic view, I hope to foster discussion about adaptation and long-term vision towards creating the human capital needed to tackle this problem.
Gadi Rothenberg is Professor and Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. Rothenberg teaches courses on catalysis and workshops on scientific writing and innovation. He has published three books and 217 papers in peer-reviewed journals, invented 16 patents and co-founded the companies Sorbisense, Yellow Diesel and Plantics. His current research interests include clean energy, biomass conversion, and creating value from waste. Since 2020 he is also the Technical Director CO2 and Circular Economy at the Shanghai Institute for Cleantech Innovation.
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