Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Automobile Division Chairman's Address 2010: Reducing Carbon Emissions - Can the automobile make a positive contribution?

14 October 2010

Transport accounts for 20% of all greenhouse emissions worldwide, and 50% of this comes from automobiles. Legislation is driving down CO2 emissions for new vehicles, but are the targets and their achievement too little and too late? Prevention of a 2ºC rise in temperature requires an 85% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Can this be achieved, and what contribution can the automobile make?

In his address, Prof Peter White will examine these questions taking into account technical innovation, energy sources, trends in vehicle ownership and socio-economic behaviour.

Peter has had a passion for engineering (and especially the car) since working on a 1934 Riley with his grandfather whilst at junior school. From these early beginnings, he was awarded a BSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. Whilst at Coventry University, he worked on renewable energy projects specialising in power takeoff design. His other research interest is in heat transfer and heat exchanger performance, which led him to become chair of the IMechE conference series on Vehicle Thermal Management Systems. As Head of Mechanical Engineering, he started an MSc in Automotive Engineering and oversaw the start and successful development of a Motorsport Engineering degree. He has recently finished the construction of a Westfield 1600 Sport car, is involved with automotive research projects on low carbon vehicles and has many automotive industrial contacts.

Peter is currently an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University, Chairman of the Automobile Division of the IMechE, a Formula Student Design Judge and a Fellow of the Institution.

THIS LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Refreshments will be served at 17:45 and the lecture will begin at 18:15.


Automobile Chairman's Address

: Peter White, Coventry University

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins