We need to rethink our attitude to addressing climate change.

So states BP’s Distinguished Energy Advisor, Chris Mottershead.

Current science would suggest that increase in average global temperature needs to be limited to around 2 degrees if serious economic, human health and well being, and ecological impacts are to be avoided.

Solutions do exist, but they are limited by our commitment to the necessary changes.

Current evidence suggests that being more resource efficient will make a major contribution to reducing the impact of climate change, but will not be sufficient by itself. We have to re-think the things we are willing to invest in, delivering new solutions, for example using renewable power sources, rather than fossil fuel, or when we do use fossil fuels ensure that we capture and store it.

There is no shortage of technological solutions, and further technical innovation will follow, particularly as the market for new solutions grows. However, the real challenge is our commitment to make the necessary behavioural changes.

Addressing climate will need us to extend beyond the current reduce, reuse and recycle activities to include re-thinking current solutions and investment and be committed to take action to reduce, reuse, recycle and re-invest in solutions with much lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Listen to Chris Mottershead, Distinguished Advisor, Energy and the Environment, BP explain how our attitude will determine our future at the BA Festival of Science Engineering Section on Thursday September 7.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) is the UK’s nationwide, open membership organisation that exists to advance the public understanding, accessibility and accountability of the sciences and engineering. Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges.
  3. The BA Festival of Science will be in Norwich from 2-9 September, bringing over 300 of the UK’s top scientists and engineers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. In addition to talks and debates at the University of East Anglia, there will be a host of events throughout the city of Norwich as part of the Science in the City programme.
  4. The Engineering Section ‘Mission Impossible?’ takes place on Thursday 7 September, John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich Research Park. Exhibition opens at 11.00, lunch at 13.00, talks from 14.00.
  5. For information on the full programme and how to register, call the Festival hotline on 020 7019 4963

For more information please contact

Dr Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Lisa Hendry at the BA, tel: 020 7019 4946