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Have your say in the Energy Debate

The Midlands Energy Consortium – a partnership between the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham – is at the forefront of energy research.

MEC comprises more than 200 academics and nearly 1,000 postgraduate students active in energy research – spanning renewable energy, carbon capture and storage technologies, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, energy storage, and energy demand reduction.

Alongside a vast programme of academic research, MEC works with a range of industry partners on innovative research projects which address the key energy issues affecting us all.

In January, leading experts from the Consortium will be at Loughborough University to take part in a public debate on energy, focusing on the UK’s commitment to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 80% before 2050.

The debate – Power Shift: what will the energy landscape look like in 2050? – will explore ways to ensure a steady supply of energy whilst cutting carbon emissions as well as the issues around fossil fuels and renewal energy, and the role we all play as consumers in the challenge to move towards sustainable clean energy sources.

The panel – which will offer expert opinion before the floor is opened for questions and debate – will comprise:

  • Peter Dodd – Energy Technologies Institute (Chair)
  • Professor Kevin Lomas – Loughborough University
  • Dr Jonathan Radcliffe – University of Birmingham
  • Professor Colin Snape – The University of Nottingham
  • Professor Simon Watson – Loughborough University

The event – on Tuesday 14 January 2014 from 4.00-6.00pm – is open to the general public and is suitable for anyone from 16 years upward who has a professional or personal interest in energy and sustainability.

To find out more and register your attendance, please visit

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/238

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.


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