Energy for a Net Zero Society
BIEE's 2020 research conference will address the social economic and technical challenges of reaching Net Zero by 2050. Speakers from our 2019 events Chris Stark, Guy Newey, Sara Vaughan, Jenny Saunders and Prof Jim Watson talk about how we create public support for the changes that will be neccessary to deliver this goal.
Decarbonising heat is one of the main themes of BIEE's 2020 research conference, Energy for a Net Zero Society. Here four speakers from 2019 Adrian Gault Alex Kazakglis Guy Newey and Rob Gross discuss the technological economic social and policy challenges for low carbon heating
Energy Policies for Net Zero
Though the UK has legislated to meet Net Zero by 2050,there remains a substantial gap between current plans and future requirements and the challenges for energy policy are formidable. In this video Dr Rob Gross Sara Vaughan, Prof Michael Grubb, Guy Newey and Chris Stark discuss the types of policies that will be needed to deliver Net Zero. The UK's policy proposals will be examined at the BIEE's 2020 research conference Energy for a Net Zero Society in September ahead of COP26.
Chris Stark, CEO, The Committee on Climate Change
Chris Stark CEO, The Committee on Climate Change talks about the net zero challenge, the need to involve people in decision making, the responsibilities of developed economies, the UK's role in COP26, policy considerations and the younger generation.
Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Guy Newey Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult on implications of Net Zero for the energy sector, policy priorities, getting CCUS off the ground, managing the low carbon heat transition, and understanding what consumers want.
Fiona Howarth, CEO, Octopus Electric Vehicles
Fiona Howarth, CEO Octopus Electric Vehicles talks about the challenges for decarbonising the UK's transport sector, the role of policy incentives and standards, EV range, battery technology and charging.
Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL
Prof Michael Grubb talks about the costs and benefits of Net Zero, policies for Net Zero, the role of cities and transnational actors in the transition, the UK's Industrial Strategy and the UK's global role post Brexit.
Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy, UCL ISR
Prof Jim Watson talks about the role of cities and regions in climate action, the future for fossil fuels and difficulties around CCUS, and the need for a just transition.
Dr Rob Gross, Director, ICEPT Imperial College
Dr Rob Gross on the UK's decarbonisation progress, the need for policies that will deliver against Net Zero, policies for Heat and Transport, implications for the electricity sector, and role of incentives. Learning from Scandinavian countries that have made progress and UK successes.
Sara Vaughan Director of Policy and Regulation, E.ON
Sara Vaughan talks about policies for Net Zero heat and transport, including carbon pricing carbon intensity standards and grants, the importance of bringing poeple with you and factors affecting levels of customer engagement.
Neil Morris, CEO The Faraday Institution
Neil Morris CEO of the Faraday Institution on how you move new technologies out of the lab to a stage of commercial readiness. Opportunities and challenges for battery technology and manufacturing in the UK.
Sam Hollister, Director of Economics, Energy UK
Sam Hollister Energy UK on the importance of customer engagement for decarbonising heat and transport, and the distributuional impacts and benefits of Net Zero.
Alex Kazaglis, Principal, Vivid Economics
Alex Kazaglis will be chairing the first session at the BIEE's 2019 Getting Serious About Net Zero conference on September 24th. 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.
Adrian Gault, Chief Assurance Officer, The Committee on Climate Change
CEO of the Committee on Climate Change Chris Stark will speak at the BIEE’s Getting Serious About Net Zero policy conference on September 24. In this interview former Chief Economist Adrian Gault talks about the implications of Net Zero for people policy and the economy and the challenges for difficult to decarbonise sectors like heat and industry.
Lawrence Slade, CEO Energy UK
Lawrence Slade CEO of Energy UK discusses the scale of the Net Zero challenge, implications for policy and investment, and why the UK should be leading the fight against climate change.
Steve Jennings, Practise Leader Power and Utilities, PwC
Steve Jennings discusses the challenges for energy policy, industry and investment in achieving the Net Zero 2050 target , the key technologies needed and the culture change that has taken place within the industry.
Charles Hendry, Hon Professor, University of Edinbugh Business School
Charles Hendry former energy minister discusses ways of supporting new technologies, reducing investment risk, and the areas where the UK can lead. He identifies the need for government to develop a roadmap for reaching Net Zero by 2050 and the importance of compulsion as a policy lever.
Joseph Dutton, Policy Advisor, E3G
Joe Dutton from E3G on the possible solutions to heat decarbonisation, and the international context .
Philip New CEO, Energy Systems Catapult
Philip New, CEO Energy Systems Catapult argues that not only should consumers be at the heart of the future energy system but that they inevitably will be. He discusses ways in which the industry can better engage consumers, the impact consumers can have on decarbonisation and how industry and regulation need to change.
Peter Bance, CEO, Origami Energy
In this interview Peter Bance CEO Origami Energy and a plenary speaker at BIEE 2018, describes the impact automation and innovation are having on the energy sector.
Tom Whiffen, Hybrid Home Manager, Green Energy Options
Tom Whiffen from Green Energy Options (GEO) on his highlights from BIEE 2018, how automation can help consumers engage in the future energy market, and the smart meter debate.
Kinsgmill Bond New Energy Strategist, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Carbon Tracker's New Energy Strategist Kingsmill Bond discusses the impact the energy transition will have on the fossil fuel industry and energy industry more generally.
Charles Hendry Former Energy Minister
Charles Hendry Former Energy Minister and keynote speaker at BIEE 2018, looks at how the role of consumers is changing, and the balance government needs to strike between encouraging innovation and protecting vulnerable energy customers .
Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks
Basil Scarsella, CEO, UK Power Networks, and keynote speaker at BIEE 2018, speaks about the way he sees the Distribution Network Operators evolving in the future and the need for regulation to evolve in parallel.
Jenny Saunders, Former CEO, NEA
Jenny Saunders, former CEO of National Energy Action, on the risks to vulnerable customers from a smarter energy world and the need for effective regulation to protects them.
Prof Nick Eyre, Director, CREDS, University of Oxford
Prof Nick Eyre, Consumer Champion at CREDS explains how consumer behaviour will affect decarbonisation, risks to the system and the limitations of conventional economic thinking when it comes to understanding the consumer.
Juliet Davenport CEO Good Energy
Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport, plenary speaker and women in energy session panellist at BIEE 2018, talks about ways of engaging consumers in the energy market, women in energy and new ideas for education and training that could help to attract more young people into the sector.
Nicola McCheyne, Head of Ideas Lab, Centrica Innovation
Nicola McCheyne talks about the skills needed for the energy industry of the future.
Nick Owens, Head of Energy and Utility Skills Partnership
Nick Owen explains the reasons for the skills 'cliff edge' in the energy sector and the need to define roles for technology vs humans based on strategic goals
Interview with Steve Holliday Former CEO, National Grid
Steve Holliday Former CEO, National Grid, talks about the big energy trends, the role of the consumer in the future energy system, the role of policy, the need for CCS and industry skills. Steve argues that what the industry needs from government is a set of frameworks not a detailed plan as there is too much uncertainty about future consumer behaviour, new technologies and so forth. The private sector should be allowed to innovate and drive change with government intervening only where something is clearly not going in the right direction – for example CCS.
Steve Holliday, Former CEO, National Grid
The fifth BIEE Future of Energy Lecture was a wide ranging talk about the UK's energy transition or 'revolution' past and future and the the role of government within this. Steve argues that what the sector needs now is a sense of direction and overarching strategy from government, rather than too firm or detailed a regulatory framework.
Lord Deben, Chair, The Committee on Climate Change
Lord Deben identifies key challenges for the next phase of decarbonisation, the problems of decarbonising heat and buildings, transport policy and the synergy between decarbonisation and industrial strategy .
Chris Harris, Head of Regulation, RWE Npower
Chris Harris on the UK's energy policy, the Energy Prices and Bills report, the Industrial Strategy and the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit .
Prof Jim Watson, Research Director UK Energy Research Centre
Jim Watson comments on UK energy policy challenges, the Clean Growth Strategy, and new skills required in the energy sector.
Richard Howard Head of Research, Aurora Energy Research
Richard Howard is responsible for managing and developing Aurora's suite of market intelligence services. In this interview he discusses the Clean Growth Strategy, the options for decarbonising heat and Brexit.
Alex Kazaglis, Head of Energy and Industry, Vivid Economics
Alex Kazaglis outlines his priorities for the Clean Growth Strategy, the challenges of decarbonising heat and transport, the role of LNG, and the question of energy prices and bills.
Prof Sam Fankhauser, Co Director, Grantham ResearchInstitute, LSE
In this interview Sam Fankhauser discusses progress on decarbonisation and requirements for the government's clean growth strategy, the pros and cons of Brexit in relation to decarbonisation, the EU ETS, Carbon Tax, Decarbonisation and Industrial Competitiveness.
Colin Calder CEO and Founder PassivSystems
PassivSystems is a a developer of software for monitoring and optimising equipment in the home and for managing and reducing domestic heating energy costs and consumption. Here CEO Colin Calder talks about new technologies, digital and the role of the consumer in decarbonising the energy system, and the regulatory framework needed to enable this.
Martin Crouch, Senior Partner, Improving Regulation
Martin Crouch on the role of regulation in the transition to a more consumer centred system, regulation and innovation, the opportunites created by smart meters and energy storage, Brexit and interconnectors.
Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge
In this interview Julia King talks about the opportunities created by linking industrial strategy and decarbonisation, with examples of how this has worked in practise. She also explains the role played by the Green Investment Bank ( now Green Investment Fund), and the advantages of low carbon growth for the UK economy as a whole.
Michael Lewis, CEO, E.ON
Michael Lewis, new E.ON CEO, speaks about of the role Smart Meters in the energy transition, what industry is looking for from policy and the opportunities created by the Industrial Strategy.
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
The BIEE's fourth Future of Energy Lecture, was given by Rt Hon Greg Clark MP Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in October 2017. It covers the relationship between energy and industrial strategy, the clean growth strategy, the role of innovation and the recent energy costs review. It was the minister's first major speech on energy since being appointed as Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in 2016.
Prof Mariana Mazzucato, SPRU, University of Sussex
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Her book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; US edition Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. In this interview she talks about the role of the state and the private sector in achieving smart, innovation led green growth.
Prof Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School
Interview with Michael Pollit, Professor of Business Economics, in September 2016, in which he questions the extent to which the future of energy is likely to be small scale , discusses economies of scale and scope for new technologies and future role for fossil fuels.
Dr Robert Gross, ICEPT, Imperial College
Dr Robert Gross is Reader in Energy Policy and Technology and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) at Imperial College London. He is Policy Director of Imperial’s Energy Futures Lab. In this interview he discusses the role for regulation in the low carbon transition, arguing that that regulation can act as a driver rather than an inhibitor of innovation.
Prof Catherine Mitchell, University of Exeter
Interview with Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy, who explains how the traditional linear institutional frameworks for governing energy need to change to reflect the new more decentralised energy system.
Charles Hendry, Former Energy Minister
'In a time of unparalled change - survive prosper or decline ?' Charles Hendry's Keynote Address at BIEE's 2016 conference .
Dr Barbara Buchner Executive Director Climate Policy Initiative
'Towards a new Energy Sector: the role of financial innovation' Barbara Buchner's Keynote Address at BIEE's 2016 conference. In her presentation Barbara outlines the role financial innovation can play in getting us to the below 2 degree pathway agreed in Paris .
Prof Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School
'Business Models for Future Energy Systems' Michael Pollit's Presentation at BIEE's 2016 conference in which he examines the economics of new business models in the energy market .
Volker Beckers Chairman Albion Community Power
'Community is the New Corporate' Volker Becker's Presentation on Community Energy at BIEE's 2016 conference in which he outlines the opportunities for community scale energy ventures.
Panel Discussion chaired by Martin Haigh on New Business and New Business Models at the BIEE 2016 Research Conference 'Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition' with Barbara Buchner, Volker Beckers, Michael Pollitt and Sarah Bell
Dr Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Barbara Buchner talks about the state of global climate investment, barriers to private sector investment and new financial models that could help get more capital into the sector.
Richard Hepworth Director Digital Transformation, PwC
Richard Hepworth PWC's Director of Digital Transformation talks about the ways in which the energy industry is being transformed by new players and new technologies in the market and PWC's survey of consumer attitudes to the 'connected home'.
Prof Yelena Kaluyzhnova, Vice Dean Henley Business School
Interview with Prof Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Henley Business School on clean energy policy in resource rich countries like Russia and Kazakhstan.
Charles Hendry, Former Energy Minister
Interview with Charles Hendry on disruptive technologies and the role for government.
Martin Haigh Shell Scenarios Team
Interview with Martin Haigh on sources of innovation and disruption and the energy transition.
Dr Matt Hannon University of Strathclyde
Interview with Dr Matt Hannon on UK Spend on RDD and the relationship between innovation and regulation.
Volker Beckers Chairman Albion Community Power
Interview with Volker Beckers on big data and energy.
James Leaton,Research Director Carbon Tracker Inititative
Interview with James Leaton on current sources of disruption in energy markets and the problems of forecasting in such a rapidly changing sector .
David Gudgin, Managing Director Albion Community Power
Interview with David Gudgin on community scale renewable generation, new business models and energy investment.
Carina Correia, Marketing Manager Limejump
Interview with Carina Correia on grid balancing and aggregation.
Dr Matt Hannon University of Strathclyde
Interview with Dr Matt Hannon onon key elements needed for successful energy technology innovation .
Iain Conn, CEO, Centrica plc
Interview with Iain Conn talking about the rapidly changing energy landscape and the consumer-driven trends that are transforming the energy market .
The Customer and the Changing Energy Landscape
The BIEE Future of Energy Lecture May 2016 given by Iain Conn, CEO Centrica. Iain talks about the rapidly changing energy landscape which he describes as ‘a transformational moment for the energy industry, which bears comparison to the revolution we have seen in the communications sector over the past 20 years’ .
Reducing inherent uncertainty in energy policy: can politics help?
Presentation by Ed Davey at the BIEE's 2015 Energy Policy Conference on managing uncertainty, dealing with political risk,achieving political consensus and limiting political interference in energy policy.
Energy Price Cycles and the Crisis of Utility Business Models
Presentation by Professor Jonathan Stern, Chairman, Natural Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies on oil and gas price cycles, cost controls and the crisis of European utility business models.
Energy Demand and Democratisation
Presentation by Seb Henbest, Head of EMEA, Bloomberg NEF on changing patterns of energy demand,the increase in distributed more consumer based energy, and the cost of solar.
UK Energy Policy Triumph or Travesty?
Panel Debate with Ian Marchant, former CEO SSE, Baroness Bryony Worthington, former Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, Kirsty Hamilton, The Low Carbon Finance Group and Simon Virley, Partner KPMG, on the new government's energy policy September 24 2015.
Ed Davey Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Ed Davey, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, talking about his experiences in government and his views on the new UK Government’s energy policy
Professor Jonathan Stern, OIES
Professor Jonathan Stern, talking about oil and gas prices, the future of utilities, community energy services, the role of markets and governments, and the future for gas in the power sector
Seb Henbest, Bloomberg NEF
Seb Henbest, Head of EMEA, Bloomberg NEF talking about global energy discontinuites focusing on the role of the consumer, the changing utility sector, and the cost of solar.
Bryony Worthington Former Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister
Baroness Worthington compares Labour and Coalition government energy policies with those of the new Conservative government
Ian Marchant, Chairman, The Wood Group
Ian Marchant, former CEO SSE, on what’s wrong with the new government’s energy policy.
Kirsty Hamilton Low Carbon Finance Group
Kirsty Hamilton, Policy Head, Low Carbon Finance Group,Chatham House, talking about prospects for energy finance and investment in the context of the new Government’s energy policy
Jo Coleman Energy Technologies Institute
Jo Coleman, Director Strategy Development, Energy Technologies Institute,talking about the innovation and implementation of new energy technologies
Mike Tholen Oil and Gas UK
Mike Tholen Economics Director, Oil and Gas UK on prospects for UK Oil and Gas.
Tom Jennings The Carbon Trust
Tom Jennings talks about industry and government collaboration on innovation.
Professor Dieter Helm-University of Oxford
In this interview recorded in May 2015, Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at Oxford, talks about energy and the recent election, UK vs European energy policy, the EU ETS ( emissons trading system ), prospects for shale gas, CCS and international climate agreements.
Balancing Competing Energy Policy Goals
Highlights from interviews with speakers and participants at the BIEE 10th Academic Conference in September 2014, covering The Energy Trilemma, Global Risks and Challenges, European Energy Policy, and UK Energy Policy.
Graham White BIEE Conference Chair
Graham White outlines the conference themes its aims and objectives.
Prof Lord Nicholas Stern
Prof Lord Stern, winner of the BIEE 10 year Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Energy Economics, talks about the energy 'Trilemma', energy efficiency, innovation, and the potential of a 'European Grid'
Why attend a BIEE Conference ?
Charles Hendry, David Newbery, Michael Grubb, Phil Grant, Sam Fankhauser, Emily Cox, Wim Thomas and Rob Gross on what makes BIEE conferences unique
The Energy Trilemma
Joan MacNaughton, Charles Hendry, Phil Grant and Michael Grubb on managing the 'Trilemma' balance
Global Risks and Challenges
Global risks facing the energy sector, the importance of emerging economies, the challenge of access to electricity and progress on reducing carbon emissions. Charles Hendry, Joan MacNaughton, Wim Thomas, Joel Hanley, Michael Grubb and Sam Fankhauser
European Energy Policy
The credibility of EU energy policy, the role of markets and regulation, progress on the EU-ETS and the importance of interconnectivity. Charles Hendry, Michael Grubb, Volker Beckers, Alistair Buchanan, David Newbery and Sam Fankhauser
UK Energy Policy
The balance of energy policy objectives, the challenges for the low carbon and security of supply agendas, the scale of the investment challenge and the increased 'politicalisation' of energy policy. Michael Grubb, Volker Beckers,David Newbery Alistair Buchanan, , Ian Marchant, Jim Watson, Emily Cox, Rob Gross
Financing the energy transition. Where will new investment come from ? How do we attract capital into the sector ? Volker Beckers, Michael Grubb, David Newbery, Phil Grant, Rob Gross, Charles Hendry
How can innovation be supported, financed and delivered ? Peter Stewart, Wim Thomas, Michael Grubb, David Newbery, Ian Marchant, Phil Grant, Rob Gross, Sam Fankhauser
Future Research Priorities
What are the most important areas of academic research that can help with getting the balance of UK policy objectives right? David Newbery, Michael Grubb, Ian Marchant, Phil Grant, Sam Fankhauser
Peter Stewart reflects on some of the common themes to emerge from the conference
Interview with Charles Hendry MP - BIEE President
Global Risks, Europe, UK, Gas Storage, Energy Investment
Interview with Joan MacNaughton - World Energy Council
World Energy Council Trilemma Study, Energy Equity
Interview with Joel Hanley - Platts
Geopolitical and Economic Risks, Oil Supply and Demand
Interview with Wim Thomas - Shell International
Global Risks and Challenges, India and China, Innovation, Skills Base
Interview with Prof Michael Grubb - UCL and OFGEM
'Planetary Economics, Global Risks, UK and European Energy Policy, Innovation, Academic Research
Interview with Prof Sam Fankhauser - Grantham Research Institute LSE
Global and European Climate Change Policy, Carbon Price, Innovation, Academic Research
Interview with Alistair Buchanan - KPMG
UK and European Energy Policy, Energy Supply, Energy Security, Gas
Interview with Prof David Newbery - University of Cambridge
UK and European Energy Policy,Innovation, Academic Research
Interview with Volker Beckers - Former CEO RWE nPower
Energy Investment, UK and European Energy Policy
Interview with Dr Rob Gross - Imperial College, BIEE Chair
UK Energy Policy, Energy Investment, Innovation
Interview with Ian Marchant - Chairman, The Wood Group
UK Energy Policy, Energy Supply, Energy Systems, Energy Demand, Innovation
Interview with Prof Jim Watson - UKERC
UK Energy Policy, Energy Security, Energy Demand,
Interview with Phil Grant - Baringa Partners
UK Energy Policy, Energy Investment
Interview with Emily Cox - PhD Student
Phd Research, Consumer Engagement with Energy
Interview with Rahmatallah Poudineh - PhD Student
Prof Nicholas Stern
Prof Lord Nicholas Stern talks about changes since publication of The Stern Review, for which has was awarded the BIEE 10 Year Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Energy Economics
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