"Reinventing fire: bold business solutions for the new energy era" by Amory Lovins

Past Event

16 July 2012, 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Herbertson Room, OUCE
Herbertson Room, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

This event is hosted by the School of Geography and the Environment

Summary: Amory Lovin's critical thinking has driven people around the globe to think differently about energy and its role in some of our biggest problems: climate change, oil dependency, national security, economic health, and depletion of natural resources. His new book and site, Reinventing Fire, offers actionable solutions for all four energy-using sectors of the economy: transportation, buildings, industry and electricity. It also integrates four types of innovation: technology, policy, design and strategy. Amory Lovins has always focused on practical solutions that conserve natural resources while also promoting economic growth; Texas Instruments, Shell, Ford, and Wal-Mart are among the mega-corporations he has advised on improving energy efficiency.

Speaker: Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute and member of the Oxford Martin School Advisory Council

Biography: Physicist Amory Lovins is Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute and Chairman Emeritus of Fiberforge Corporation. His wide-ranging innovations in energy, security, environment, and development have been recognized by the Blue Planet, Volvo, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 11 honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Foreign Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards. He advises governments and major firms worldwide on advanced energy and resource efficiency, has briefed 20 heads of state, and has led the technical redesign of more than $30 billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors to achieve very large energy savings at typically lower capital cost. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, he has published 29 books and hundreds of papers and has taught at eight universities, most recently as a 2007 visiting professor in Stanford University’s School of Engineering. In 2009, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.