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Fair Energy Transition Webinar Series – Webinar 3 – Dr. Chima Anyadike-Danes (Durham University)
November 25, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The last Thursday of each month between 16h and 17h (Dutch time; UTC+01:00), we invite a speaker to present their work on the fair energy transition.
This month Dr. Chima Anyadike-Danes will share some of his work with us. Dr. Anyadike-Danes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Durham Energy Institute on a project examining the local council’s attempts at decarbonisation.
He will present some of his work in a presentation entitled: It was Supposed to be so Easy: On the Challenges to Addressing Inequity in Accessing Electric Vehicles.
The British government’s growing awareness of the need to decarbonise private vehicles is evident from the recent renaming of what once the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles in 2020 to ‘better align with Government ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050’. But as British policymakers and politicians discuss and pursue this necessary, yet complex, objective of decarbonising private transport by 2050 what sort of futures are they imagining and creating?
In this presentation I focus not on the national government in London but on a local authority, the Durham County Council (DCC). The DCC governs a largely rural county in North-East England and declared a climate emergency in 2019. I discuss how they have attempted to decarbonise private cars in their jurisdiction. While different technologies are being trialled throughout England in County Durham the DCC’s belief has been that the decarbonising of the private car will result in vehicles powered by internal combustion engines being replaced by those powered by electric batteries.
In Britain it is far cheaper to charge such electric vehicles from charge points attached to private homes. This is a direct result of successive national governments having imagined futures in which the majority of electric vehicles will be charged at their owners’ homes. This national government goal presents the DCC with a real challenge as much of the county’s housing stock exists in the form of the terraced house. Many of these dwellings lack the space their residents would require to park a vehicle. The absence of such spaces means that many of the county’s residents must park their vehicles on the road. However, for a variety of reasons, there is little charging facility on the pavements adjoining the county’s roads. In this presentation I thus discuss how the DCC’s has attempted to resolve this infrastructural inequality and ensure equitable access to relatively inexpensive charging for all of the county’s residents.
Link to the webinar: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_NzM2ZDY3NzItODdiYi00NzVhLTkwMDctMTk3NWVkOThjNzU1@thread.v2/0?context=%7B%22Tid%22:%22d72758a0-a446-4e0f-a0aa-4bf95a4a10e7%22,%22Oid%22:%22b94d00d4-64a6-4ce2-9146-a340a829c746%22%7D