Baroness Brown is an Engineer and incoming Chair of the Carbon Trust
What difference will leaving the European Union make to the UK’s achievement of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and to addressing the risks posed to the UK by the changing climate?
The Climate Change Act (2008) enshrines our emissions reduction targets in UK legislation; however, the majority of our environmental regulation – critical to our progress in addressing risks such as flooding, drought, heatwaves – is from the EU, which also provides the critical enforcement function.
In this thought-provoking lecture, Baroness Brown will examine the implications of EU exit for both climate change mitigation and adaptation, the measures being taken and the gaps that may remain.
Baroness Brown is an engineer. An academic career at the University of Cambridge led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc. Returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at Imperial College London, she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 to 2016.
Her current interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation and the low carbon economy.
Baroness Brown serves as: Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the CCC; Chair of the Carbon Trust; and non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. She was formerly a non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank and led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008). She is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and the Sector Champion for the Offshore Wind Sector Deal as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
Baroness Brown is passionate about education and engineering: she was a member of the Browne Review on university funding and Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework. She now chairs STEM Learning Ltd, the leading provider of science teacher continuing professional development and the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.