2018’s IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees C has put the achievement of ‘net zero’ emissions at centre stage for energy and climate policy around the world. How – and how quickly – we can eliminate all (net) greenhouse gas emissions is now a key focus, driving more intense focus on radical innovation, technologies and policies. The Committee on Climate Change has published it advice on when and how the UK could achieve net zero emissions, recommending that the country set an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, and the UK government has now committed to that target. The challenges for energy policy are formidable, putting hard to decarbonise sectors like heat and industry under the microscope. Thinking net zero implies a step change – a genuinely economy-wide approach with no room for a ‘too difficult’ set of emissions.
The BIEE’s ‘Getting Serious about Net Zero’ policy conference will get to grips with the implications of net zero for the UK, as well as the CCC’s published advice. Leading figures from across government, industry, finance and academia will discuss the challenges for difficult to decarbonise sectors; the new policy drivers needed; the role of new technologies and innovation; and Britain’s industrial strategy and global role.
The focus will be on what action needs to begin now to put the UK onto a credible trajectory towards net zero on a timescale that is consistent with a leading role for the UK in meeting the global challenge. The BIEE policy conference will offer an engaging mix of perspectives from great speakers, the chance to debate and challenge new thinking, and opportunities to network with a unique mix of policy makers, experts, financiers and energy industry leaders.
Feedback from our 2017 policy conference:
‘Great mix of speakers, livley debate, much food for thought’
‘ A wide range of viewpoints and honest discussion’
‘Very informative, enjoyable and thought provoking’
‘An interesting and well informed crowd in the audience’
‘Thanks for a most illuminating day’
We will be running four sessions during the day:
Alex Kazaglis will be chairing the first session Beyond Power: Decarbonising Heat Transport and Industry. In this video he outlines the economic and policy challenges of Net Zero for the UK, the challenges of heat decarbonisation, innovation as rapid deployment and key technologies.
Visit our videos page to see more interviews with industry leaders on the challenges around Net Zero
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.
Registration is now open. Earlybird rates are available until July 31st.
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George Day, Head of Economic Strategy, Energy Systems Catapult
Adrian Gault, Chief Economist, Committee on Climate Change
Vivienne Geard, Head of Heat and Business Energy Analyst, BEIS
Mallika Ishwaran, Senior Policy and Regulatory Economist, Shell
Peter Stewart, Chief Energy Analyst, Interfax
Alec Waterhouse, Head of Modelling, BEIS
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