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Last month Leeds became the largest city authority in the UK to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ following a campaign initiated by SCAPE PhD student, David Barns, with Extinction Rebellion Leeds and the Leeds Youth Strike 4 Climate supported by many University of Leeds students and staff. The bold motion passed by the council sets out…
The SCAPE Energy Debate is an annual event linked to the level-1 tutorials. Student teams advocate different energy technologies: fossil fuels; biomass and biofuels; nuclear; wind, solar, and hydro. The teams present arguments to convince the audience that their technology can best satisfy the energy trilemma of security, sustainability, and equity (affordability). This year the…
Bioenergy CDT PhD students Katherine Graves, Scott Wiseman and Flora Brocza took part in the Be Curious 2019 science festival on 30th March. The stall was themed ‘The Art of a Sustainable Future’ and featured an amazingly detailed interactive model city, where children could replace existing fossil fuel infrastructure with renewable energy technologies, and see…
As part of the annual Sustainability Conference, James Mckay, manager of the Bioenergy CDT, produced a live drawing of the University of Leeds as it might look in the year 2050, if we transition successfully to a low carbon future. It features electric trams, cycle networks, pedestrianised areas around the University (this reflects some proposals…
Congratulations to our PhD student Maje Haruna for winning the 2018/2019 British Council Newton Fund Grants award, referred to as “The UK-China PhD Placement programme.” The PhD placement programme is delivered by the British Council on behalf of the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It aims to promote the research capacity of…
Primary School children from Allerton Church of England Primary School in Leeds came to visit Prof Paul Williams’ Energy from Waste labs on Tuesday 26th March. The children learned about obtaining energy and useful products from wastes, including waste biomass and waste plastics, via a messy and rather sticky encounter with Betty the cow and…
University of Leeds’ chemical engineering postgraduate Jeni Spragg has produced a report to help UK parliamentarians make evidence-based decisions on chemical weapons policy. It follows on from the UK Government’s Defence Secretary announcing an additional £11m funding to bolster the UK’s ability to identify chemical weapons threats and combat them. Jeni Spragg, a postgraduate student…
Cameron Rout, Katherine Graves, and Katy Honour (students of the Bioenergy CDT) visited Eureka Children’s Museum on Thursday 7th March with the objective to educate people on the importance of a low carbon future and help improve public awareness of a sustainable outlook. They held an interactive workshop there (among many others) on an adults-only…
On 21st Feb, a group of Energy & Environment MSc students, and Bioenergy CDT PhD students, visited Drax Power Station near Selby. This is a visit that Leeds energy students have regularly made over the years, however, the Drax visitor centre will now be relocating as the site will be used for new gas turbines,…
On 7th Feb, Aaron Brown, Bioenergy CDT PhD student, and James Mckay, manager of the Bioenergy CDT, took Betty the Cow to Seacroft Grange Primary School, Leeds, to give the children a class about how we can use wastes for energy, and in particular about how the workings of a cow’s 1st stomach (rumen) is…