The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has appointed David MacKay as chief scientific advisor. The Cambridge university physics professor was chosen by Ed Miliband to advise on matters relating to the Government’s low carbon transition plan.
David MacKay is the author of the straight-talking and critically acclaimed “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air“. The first run of copies published sold out in a matter of weeks and when the book hit the bestsellers list on Amazon, the publisher was struggling to keep up with demand.
In his book, David MacKay suggests how the UK could meet the demand of our energy consumption whilst refraining from using fossil fuels. The book is aimed at the average reader as well as politicians in power, so it certainly seems to have a struck a chord with the DECC.
As a scientist, David MacKay has resisted moral and ethical debate when coming up with his energy solutions, however his new role will now be to advise through the facts he has obtained on the best way forward for policy makers on issues surrounding energy security and preventing climate catastrophe.
The new chief scientific advisor’s role is defined as,
ensuring that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available
On be questioned as to how David MacKay felt about his new position as chief scientific advisor, he said:
“Climate change and secure energy are two of the most urgent issues facing the UK and the global community. The solutions must be rooted firmly in the science and I look forward to advising the Government on how it can help deliver these important goals.”
Professor MacKay, in his book, has suggested the only real way he sees the UK cutting its emissions is very large scale wind, solar and nuclear power plants. This is likely to lead to radical changes in the way that Britain will meet its emissions targets as well as the future of our energy security.