Registration closes 13 September 2024
18 September 2024
One Birdcage Walk, Birdcage Walk, London, UK

Delivering the energy transition: pace over perfection - Programme

Registration closes 13 September 2024

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Please note that the programme is subject to change. Further speakers to be announced.

  • 18 Sep 2024
9:30 am

Registration and refreshments


10:00 am


10:05 am


What do we need for faster progress? Views from a policymaker and a delivery body


  • Lord Deben
  • Rebecca Sedler – Managing Director, Interconnectors, National Grid Ventures
10:45 am

Panel debate

Navigating net zero: policy trade-offs and priorities for government

Energy and achieving net zero will likely dominate the future political discourse. The years 2025 – 2030 will hold immense significance, shaping our ability to achieve full decarbonisation.

Join us as we explore the policy trade-offs and priorities for the new government.


  • Rachel Fletcher – Director for Regulation and Economics, Octopus Energy
  • David Joffe – Project Director Delivery of rapid electricity system decarbonisation, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE)
  • Emma Pinchbeck – Chief Executive, Energy UK


12:00 pm


1:00 pm


The view from business


  • Rain Newton-Smith – Chief Executive, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
1:25 pm

Panel debate

Unlocking sustainable investment: strategies for enhancing the UK’s appeal

It is widely acknowledged that extensive investment across the economy is essential to achieve climate goals and to deliver sustainable economic growth. From heat pumps to hydrogen, the UK must attract significant capital flows.

Uncertainties, notably in governmental policy, can hinder investment, especially in emerging sectors. When a cohesive strategy and policies are deployed, low-cost investments follow, with strong delivery in key technologies such as offshore wind and electric vehicles. Wider policies determine what this means for local economic activity, UK jobs and for billpayers.

Join our panel as we analyse the broader economic landscape, domestically and globally, and discuss strategies to enhance the UK’s investor appeal given the critical role of investors in reaching our targets and driving economic growth.


  • Leen Dickx – Director, NERA
  • Mallika Ishwaran – Chief Economist, Shell
  • Giles Wilkes – Specialist Partner, Flint Global
  • HSBC – TBA


2:30 pm

Refreshment break

3:00 pm


A view from the system operator


  • NESO – TBA
3:25 pm

Panel debate

Strategic planning and markets: navigating complexity in UK energy strategy

The UK energy system already has elements of strategic planning with carbon targets and capacity requirements set centrally. These have so far been delivered through carefully crafted markets.

This approach has met objectives and kept costs lower than expected. However, the next phase demands greater scale, pace, and tough decisions – not everyone will be pleased.

While greater strategic planning is on the horizon, markets remain crucial for delivery and cost efficiency. How can the UK navigate this challenge amidst vocal local opposition, international competition, complex uncertainties, and the rapid pace and scale required?


  • Inge Hansen – Director of Group & Markets Regulation, SSE
  • Gavin Knott – Chief Economic Advisor, Ofgem
  • TBA
4:30 pm

Networking reception

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