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Scotland meets Iceland at COP21 Sustainable Innovation Summit

Paris - Monday 7th December 2015. Day one of the 6th Sustainable Innovation Forum, the largest business focussed side event to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP), which only days later lead to the first global agreement to tackle climate change. This was an epic moment for the world. However this day - half way through and to the side of the official COP negotiations - was for me…

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Acceptance Speech at the Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards

I am absolutely delighted to accept the Energy Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Award. This is an especially meaningful recognition as it comes in part from a prestigious academic institution and is a recognition of both scientific and entrepreneurial achievements. After the world's longest acceptance speech @Town_Rock there was still time for a photograph— HWU Energy (@HWUenergy) May 14, 2015 The support for me and my company, Town Rock Energy -…

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Thoughts from World Future Energy Summit – 2015 – Abu Dhabi

Last week I visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, statistically the 8th highest producer of CO2 emissions per capita and certainly one of the least sustainable places on the planet Earth. The point of my visit was for the 8th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) at Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition and Conference Centre (ADNEC), and while the summit is a great platform for meeting new business…

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A reflection on my placement with Town Rock Energy

Sooooo, I thought I’d write a reflection about my thoughts from my week in Edinburgh with David Townsend and share it with ya’ll :) In February 2015 I spent a week working with David within renewable energy, specifically geothermal energy. David has started his own company, it is the first geothermal company in Scotland and he has been very successful in getting it up and running. He has won several…

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The GREAT Energy Summit

Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to attend The GREAT Energy Summit in Prague, organised by UK Trade & Investment and the British Embassy in the Czech Republic to catalyse collaboration between British and Central & Eastern European (CEE) companies. The event was largely a showcase of the major energy projects taking place in the region, and was advertised to include all energy sectors, insinuating a roughly equal spread…

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The Negative Feedback of Flying

Last week I attended the GREAT Energy summit in Prague, which required me to fly from Aberdeen to Prague via Schiphol. The journey over was far from perfect, but my travel disruptions triggered an abstract insight into one of the many feedback mechanisms of anthropogenic climate change. I was first delayed in Aberdeen airport for two hours, as I watched six fully-kitted emergency response teams inspect “an unknown liquid of…

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Geothermal and Climate Change

– Originally published in The Geographer, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society magasine summer 2014 edition. My name is David Townsend and I am a geologist, entrepreneur and climate change activist. I have a 2:1 degree in BSc (Honours) Geology from the University of St Andrews, and I’ve started a geothermal energy consultancy company in Scotland; Town Rock Energy Ltd. The scientific evidence of anthropogenic climate change is what inspires me…

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