My field value: Helen Gavin

03 September, 2020

How do we achieve Net Zero?

This is a video of the webinar that happened on 2 September 2020, in which Malcolm McCulloch from the University of Oxford, and Eric Brown from the Energy Systems Catapult, talked about how we can achieve Net Zero, from an energy perspective and using a systems engineering approach.

Helen Gavin hosted the webinar.

Slides and info:

The presentation slides can be found here.

Answers to the questions asked in the webinar can be seen here.

In the video, Eric mentioned the work of the Energy Systems Catapult on Net Zero:

Video content:

Helen (0:11) introduced the webinar and the speakers.

Malcolm and Eric (2:08) started their joint presentation

  •    Introduction (2:08)
  •    Strengths of system engineering (5:35)
  •    Thoughts on Net Zero (12:42)
  •    High level changes in a Net Zero world (18:22)
  •    A very quick systems approach… Decisions (26:01)
  •    Concluding thoughts (35:29)

The Q&A (36:26) session followed.


Malcolm McCulloch

Malcolm is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science, and Group Leader of the Energy and Power Group at the University of Oxford.  Malcolm has many interests. In the domestic energy sector, he looks at the user-centric demand-side management technologies, and information to enable behaviour change. In the transport sector, his research examines power trains for electric vehicles and their role in decarbonising the electricity grid. In the area of Energy for Development, he is developing technologies to provide cost effective and small grid solutions that can provide a pathway to electricity for all. His research work has led to many spin out companies.

Eric Brown

 Eric is the Chief Technology Officer at the Energy Systems Catapult. He provides expert insight and guidance on cutting-edge energy sector innovation both internally and across a range of external advisory bodies. Prior to this role Eric was the Innovation Director of the Catapult.  Eric combines an electrical engineering background with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is particularly interested in the use of Information and communications technology or ICT to enable and support the evolution of energy systems.

Helen Gavin

Helen is based in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, working on the Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. She is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources, with expertise in a range of quantitative environmental issues. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, water and energy auditor, programme manager and knowledge exchange, in consultancy and in academia.

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