BIEE’s Oxford Conference is a biennial research conference that seeks to understand the drivers of change in energy, both positive and negative. The conference is aimed at energy analysts, researchers, strategy and policy thinkers from all backgrounds, including industry, academia and research organisations, government, the finance community, NGOs and consultancies. BIEE conferences are renowned for the quality of their speakers, for their open, productive discussion and debate and for the diverse range of participants. It is the mix of people and perspectives that makes this conference distinctive.
‘The conference is a fantastic opportunity and melting pot for people in the energy industry, from government from academia from other research organisations. One of the real advantages and one of the special features of the BIEE conference is it’s a place where all of those energy interested people come together. They learn from each other they spark off each other and they build new networks and new coalitions to help drive the energy sector forward.’
Professor Matthew Leach
This research conference will focus on building the foundations and policies of the low carbon transition aimed at achieving a net zero carbon society in a way that is fair and just. It will address how we live, work and travel, and how policy, infrastructure and the private sector can respond to enable the transformation of heat, transport and industry.
Now we have all been impacted by Covid-19, it is clear that how we recover from this public health crisis will reshape how we tackle the climate change crisis. In the immediate term, there has been a sharp fall in economic activity and emissions. But the long-term impact depends on how low-carbon investments are affected, and whether opportunities are taken to reinforce some of the (positive, for the environment) behaviour changes that have been observed in lock-down (such as increased remote working and cycling) or to tackle some of the potentially negative impacts (reduced use of public transport).
The conference will consider how the transition has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how economic recovery plans might accelerate the transition, and if governments are backing up the rhetoric in delivering plans for a green recovery. It will look at international perspectives and what can be learnt from the experiences of other countries and market sectors.
This conference will be taking place seven months before the important UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, which is being held in Glasgow in November 2021.
It will also follow the publication of the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget in December 2020 which will set the path to the UK’s new net-zero emissions target in 2050, as the first carbon budget to be set into law following that commitment.
Over the course of the year, to demonstrate that it is serious about net-zero, the Government will need to commit to this pathway and firm up its policy plans. The Government will be considering how to achieve the societal transformation required for net-zero which is precisely the focus of the BIEE conference.
Speakers from our 2019 conference, Chris Stark, The Committee on Climate Change, Guy Newey Energy Systems Catapult, Sara Vaughan E.ON, Jenni Saunders ex-NEA and Prof Jim Watson, UCL on how we create public support for the changes that will be neccessary to deliver Net Zero.
See the outline programme.
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Registration will open in October 2020. Registration fee information is available here.
Sponsorship of this conference provides the opportunity to position your company at the forefront of low carbon innovation be it in technology, regulation, thought leadership, service delivery or finance. It has proved effective for companies seeking to recruit new talent in the sector. It provides access to students and young professionals, and opportunities to build relationships with the academic community to help access the much needed knowledge capital this sector demands.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this conference please email us to request a prospectus. A member of our sponsorship committee, Chris Harris and Will Webster, will be pleased to discuss options with you.
Phone Debbie Heywood BIEE Admin +441296747916
Registration Opens: October 2020
Parallel Presenter Registration Deadline: December 15th 2020
Earlybird Regstration Deadline: February 1st 2021
Paper Submission Deadline: March 8th 2021
Registration Closes: March 16th 2021
Presentation Deadline: March 16th 2021
Conference: March 30th – 31st 2021
Chris Harris – Npower, Conference Chair
Amanda Rooney – Elexon
Jorge Blazquez – BP
Dr Marie Claire Brisbois/ Dr Abigail Martin – University of Sussex
George Day/Dr Rose Chard – Energy Systems Catapult
Dr Maureen Paul – Ofgem
Dhara Vyas/Elizabeth Errington – Citizens Advice
Adrian Gault – Former Chief Economist, The Committee on Climate Change
Vivienne Geard – BEIS
Richard Green – Imperial College London
Tanja Groth – Sweco
Richard Howard – Aurora Energy Research
Prof David Newbery – University of Cambridge
Dr Maria Sharmina – Tyndall Centre University of Manchester
Prof Peter Taylor – University of Leeds
Will Webster – Oil and Gas UK
Dr Grant Wilson – University of Birmingham