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Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: How Much Fossil Fuel Has to Stay in the Ground, and Where?

17 March 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Christophe McGlade, Research Associate, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Chair: Shane Tomlinson, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House




It has long been argued that if we are to limit the effects of climate change, some fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. But how much of each fuel; and which locations must remain untapped? A new study, recently published in Nature finds that a third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80 per cent of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C threshold. The speaker will discuss the methods used to generate these estimates, the key findings of the paper, and the implications that they may have in this milestone year for addressing climate change. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.