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With the UK’s ambitions to lead in achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, is ‘decarbonisation’ enough?

The first in a series of Solent Network events in 2021 on a decarbonisation theme

The UK Government’s ambitions for ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 2050 are now well known. But is the concept of ‘decarbonisation’ adequate to do this, or is it just another form of ‘greenwash’?

Professor Ian Arbon draws from his decades of experience in sustainable development, renewable energy and climate change mitigation/adaptation to examine the UK Government’s largely technology-based “10-point Plan for Decarbonisation” and assess if these are likely to have the desired outcomes.

Using sustainability tools such as IMechE’s ‘Energy Hierarchy’, each of these 10 points is assessed to consider if they are able to meet the sheer scale of the task and, if not, to propose what other measures might be necessary to achieve a successful outcome. In particular, Ian suggests ways in which we can all help achieve climate change mitigation, rather than simply wait for Governments and Multinational Corporations (MNCs) to take the limited measures they have so far proposed.

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28 Jan 2021

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 01/28/2021 18:00 01/28/2021 19:30 With the UK’s ambitions to lead in achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, is ‘decarbonisation’ enough? A talk with Q&A given by Euring Professor Ian Arbon MSc, MBA, CEng, CEnv, FIMechE, FASME, FEI, FInstR, FIES


Solent Local Network

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Professor Ian Arbon

Professor Ian Arbon

Senior Partner - Engineered Solutions

Ian Arbon is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Registered European Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist, with an MSc in ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ and an MBA. Formerly MD of several UK engineering-sector manufacturing companies, he now runs Engineered Solutions, a Sustainable Engineering and Management consultancy. Ian is a Fellow of IMechE; having chaired its Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group and its Renewable Power Committee, he has a long history in spearheading the Institution’s work in sustainable development; among other relevant reports, he was Lead Author of the Institution’s Reports (2009 & 2020) on ‘The Energy Hierarchy’. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Energy Institute, the Institute of Refrigeration and the Institution of Engineers in Scotland. He has been a Visiting Professor in Alternative Energy at Newcastle University, an Honorary Professor in Sustainable Energy at the University of Glasgow and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde.

Reasons to attend

This webinar aims to help:

    • Increase  awareness of ‘net zero Greenhouse Has (GHG) emissions, the real challenges and opportunities it presents in particular from engineering perspective

    • Learn about the ‘Energy Hierarchy’

    • Gain an overview of the sustainability UK Governments’ 10 points plan

    • Find ways in which an individual contribution is key to achieving this challenging ‘net zero' GHG emissions target, and explore engineering, technological and behavioural solutions.

We hope this will appeal to members of the general public in addition to practicing Engineers and Technicians and students/apprentices.


Online event by the Solent Local Network

United Kingdom

No physical location - an online event.


  • Starts 6pm
  • Concludes by 7.30pm




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