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Prof Julia King - The Future of Transport:

Professor Julia King will look at how we can deliver personal mobility in developed countries and globally, in ways that are sustainable, affordable and effective.

Since the King Review was published in 2007/8, the focus on carbon emissions from transport has increased. Globally, transport accounts for around 14% of CO2 emissions, typically contributing 20% of emissions in developed countries with a peak in North America, where transport emissions make up one third of the total. Over 50% of the world’s oil production is used in transport. The global car parc consists of almost a billion vehicles today, and this number is predicted to double by 2030. With a world population of 9 billion, there could be 3 billion cars by 2050.
Clearly, this is not a sustainable position: to avoid damaging impacts of climate change we need to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% globally by 2050 and by around 80% in the developed world. But, personal mobility is critical to enabling growth in developing economies.
The lecture will look at how we can deliver personal mobility, in developed countries and globally, in ways that are sustainable, affordable and effective.


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Date and Time:

10 October 2012 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



15 Belgrave Square

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Professor Julia King is Vice-Chancellor of Aston University. Her career has spanned universities, professional bodies and industry: she has taught at Cambridge, Imperial College and Nottingham. She was Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics and worked for eight years at Rolls-Royce in senior executive roles, including as Director of Engineering and Technology for Rolls-Royce Marine Business.
In 2007, Julia King was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to lead a review of vehicle and fuel technologies which could help reduce carbon emissions from road transport over the next 25 years. She has published over 160 papers on engineering and materials topics. She has been awarded the Grunfeld, Bengough, Kelvin, John Collier and Lunar Society medals for her work. In 1997, she was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Two years later, she received a CBE for ‘Services to Materials Engineering’. She is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company, an Honorary Graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and of Cardiff University. Julia King was appointed by the Prime Minister as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador in 2009.

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