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13 September - 14 September 2021
Worcester College, Walton Street, Oxford, UK

Energy for a Net Zero Society

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Conference Theme

How do we build the foundations and policies of the low carbon transition to achieve a net zero carbon society in a way that is fair and just?  This conference 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).

Over two days, this research 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. We will explore what can be learnt from the experiences of other countries and market sectors.


COP 26

This conference will take place 2 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 has 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.

Who Attends ?

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.

See who attended in 2018 here.


We are covering a great range of topics with sessions and papers on mobility, heat, community energy, networks, investment, costs and a just transition, digitalisation, energy behaviour, net zero pathways as well as a Diversity for Net Zero breakfast session and student and young energy professionals session.

Delegates will experience a full two-day programme with high profile guest speakers, 3 plenary sessions, 3 parallel sessions with 6 streams each featuring the latest research, policy and industry analysis and ‘dialogue’ sessions designed to tackle and debate controversial /difficult topics.

The conference drinks and dinner will take place in the dining hall of Worcester College Oxford.

View the full programme and read the abstracts here. A programme overview with details of livestreamed sessions can be viewed here.


Laura Sandys

Challenging Ideas / CEO

Chris Stark

The Committee on Climate Change / CEO

Jillian Anable

Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds / Professor of Transport and Energy

Rebecca Sedler

EDF / Corporate Policy & Regulation Director

Rebecca Sedler

EDF / Corporate Policy & Regulation Director

Rebecca Sedler is the Corporate Policy & Regulation Director at EDF in the UK, responsible for developing strategy and policy across its businesses including Customers, Nuclear and Renewables.

Having built a career in energy since leaving university, Rebecca is passionate about decarbonisation, the associated energy transition and customer advocacy. Prior to EDF, Rebecca worked at E.ON within energy trading, leading business change initiatives and also internationally on strategic projects.

In 2011, Rebecca joined EDF in Energy Market and Credit Risk and went on to lead the B2B business which included renewables PPAs and energy solutions.  A fervent advocate of diversity and inclusion, Rebecca is a founder of the Women In Utilities Network (WUN) which now has 2000 members.  Rebecca is married with three young children and spends her free time with her family, travelling to new places, cooking and endlessly tidying up toys!


Jonathan Brearley


Fiona Howarth

Octopus Electric Vehicles / CEO

See full speaker list here.


This is a HYBRID event. You can book  to attend in person or online or a mixture of the two (one day at the event one day online) or switch between the two if your plans change.

Registration fees start from £200.

The closing date for in person attendance is September 3rd and for online September 7th

Visit the registration page for more information.

Presenter Information

Presenters are required to submit their papers presentations, presentation recording and bios by August 31st. For details of how and where to submit your material, see the Notes for Presenters page.

Important Dates

Conference Date:
13 September - 14 September 2021
  • Registration Opens:
    22 April 2021
  • Parallel Presenter Registration:
    18 June 2021
  • Earlybird Registration Deadline:
    30 July 2021
  • Paper Submission Deadline:
    31 August 2021
  • Presentation Deadline:
    31 August 2021
  • Registration Closes:
    3 September 2021


The conference will take place in new Sultan Nazrin Shah Conference Centre, situated in the grounds of Worcester College.  The college is conveniently located in central Oxford and is 8 minutes walk from the station.


Worcester College

1 Walton Street, Oxford, OX1 2HB

The added dimension of how we achieve a net zero society in a "fair and just manner", makes for a really intriguing and essential topic in our world today. Looking forward to this conference.

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