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.
In May the Committee on Climate Change published its 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 legislated to reach net zero by 2050.
However there remains a substantial gap between current plans and future requirements. 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.
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We will be running four sessions during the day:
Download programme BIEE-Getting Serious About Net Zero 2019-v 24
The conference programme is now complete and features a diverse mix of high profile speakers from the CCC, BEIS, Energy Systems Catapult, CBI, HSBC, Vivid Economics, E.ON, IBM, Shell, Centrica, Octopus EVs and more.
Registration starts from £300 for BIEE members and discounts are available for students and academics.
For rates and to find out more visit the registration page
Adrian Gault the CCC, Alex Kazaglis Vivid Economics, Steve Jennings PWC, Charles Hendry Edinburgh Business School, Lawrence Slade Energy UK and Joe Dutton E3G share their thoughts on what Net Zero means for the UK.
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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.
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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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