• Dr. Matjaž Knez

"Clean transport is an absolutely fundamental part of the shift towards the sustainable society"

Prof. Paul Ekins, PhD: "Clean transport is an absolutely fundamental part of the shift towards the sustainable society”

At the conference  “Circular Economy in the Region: SOUTH EAST EUROPE IN FOCUS”, connected for Sustainability and Growth,  organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia at Bled,, we spoke with prof. Paul Ekins, PhD, OBE, director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources and University College London, member IRP -  United Nations International Resource Panel.

Professor Paul Ekins, participated at the conference with a paper: “Resource efficiency and Product Related Policies”. He has introduced his view on importance and role of renewables and hydrogen for the circular economy. He emphasised that renewables provide an absolute prime example of a shift from a linear towards a circular economy. Clean hydrogen (green hydrogen op.p.) is the key enabler towards low carbon future.

Professor Paul Ekins, PhD said:

"With the development of new clean technologies that are becoming more efficient and less expensive, such as fuel cells and with the growing awareness that we need to remove dirty technologies, hydrogen is coming to the fore front.”

"Clean transport is an absolutely fundamental part of the shift towards the sustainable society. We know that transport is a mayor air pollutant, even in Europe it kills hundreds of thousands of people earlier, every year, and we now have the ability and technologies to move away from fossil fuels: And now I think it's  gonna a be one of the big industrial revolutions of the next ten to fifteen years."

His view on Zero Emission Mobility Corridor Slovenia Project, H2student platform and ECUBES developers:

"While I have been here in Slovenia I became aware of the Zero Emission Mobility Corridor Slovenia Project, which is seeking to develop this uses of hydrogen. Project has European importance as well as for Slovenia, because it is one of the new industrial sectors that is going to rapidly grow to replace the fossil fuel sector. So all You very Best and I wish you all success!”

You can watch more about his view on H2Student TV, in the video:

Prof. Paul Ekins OBE has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, and Director of Research at the School of Sustainable Resources and Energy at University College London. He is also a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems theme and also leads UCL’s involvement in large research consortia on Hydrogen and Bioenergy. He is a member of the Expert Panel of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and from 2002-2008 he was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Prof. Paul Ekins has been a prominent green academic in the field of sustainable economics.

In 1996, he set up Forum for the Future with Sara Parkin and Jonathon Porritt. The Forum says: “When Paul Ekins set up the Sustainable Economy Unit as part of Forum for the Future back in 1996, he argued that ‘many of today’s environmental problems are really economic problems in disguise, and getting the economics right lies at the heart of any solutions agenda.’ He aimed ‘to show that radical moves towards environmental sustainability are compatible with prosperity’. This remains a central part of Forum’s mission.”

He worked as head of the Environment group at the Policy Studies Institute.

He has worked as an advisor to the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the British House of Commons. In 1994, Ekins received a UN Environment Programme Global 500 Award ”for outstanding environmental achievement”.

Ekins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to environmental policy.


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