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

Energy for a Net Zero Society - Programme


  • Sep 13th 2021
  • Sep 14th 2021
9:45 am

Conference Registration and Coffee

Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, 1 Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HB

10:30 am


Gareth Miller CEO, Cornwall Insight
10:45 am

Opening Keynote Address: Energy for a Net Zero Society


The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change), Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
11:15 am

First Plenary Session: Keeping warm and staying cool in a net zero society

Our societal need to keep warm and stay cool in homes and workspaces drives a major slice of current greenhouse gas emissions. To reach net zero we will need to transform energy systems for heating and cooling. Analysis suggests that this will be hugely challenging, involving a range of solutions across different regions, building types and end users. Big questions around how to deliver heat load in winter without excess cost of idle capacity in summer, the right combination of building efficiency improvement, new fuels  (hydrogen, bio-methane, steam, etc.) and potentially a range of seasonal storage and flexibility remain to be resolved. Now with the adoption of a net zero target, is a timely moment for strategic new thinking around how to shape markets, share costs, harness UK capabilities and reconcile regional priorities to deliver zero carbon energy for buildings.

Jonathan Brearley CEO OFGEM
What next for buildings policy as part of a Net Zero resilient society?
Jenny Hill Head of Buildings and International Action, Committee on Climate Change
Challenges in Heat Decarbonisation
Dr James Richardson Chief Economist, NIC
12:40 pm

Questions and Discussion

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

First Parallel Session – Dialogue & Paper Sessions

Paper Session: Transitions in fuel. Technology and infrastructure for heating
Paper Session: Human capital, competing interests and willingness to pay

Nash East
Chair: Dr Matthew Hannon

2:30pm The human capital implications of net zero on the energy sector
Rob Murphy, Energy & Utility Skills

3:00pm Supporting smart metering innovation to drive energy savings for homes and small businesses
Kelly Finnerty, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Paper Session: Distributional impacts and behavioural change in energy efficiency
Dialogue Session: Delivering an inclusive green recovery for UK industry

Delivering an inclusive green recovery for UK industry
Prof Peter Taylor, University of Leeds
Nash West


  • Prof Peter Taylor, University of Leeds
  • Imogen Rattle, University of Leeds
  • Matthew Rhodes, Camirus
  • Vivienne Geard, BEIS
  • George Day, ESC
  • Aaron Goater, Climate Change Committee
  • Erik Mielke, Wood Mackenzie
Dialogue Session: Citizen participation: promoting or prohibiting a green recovery and just transition?

Citizen participation: promoting or prohibiting a green recovery and just transition?
Dr Rebecca Ford, University of Strathclyde and  Fraser Stewart, University of Strathclyde
Seminar Hinton


  • Dr Rebecca Ford, University of Strathclyde
  • Fraser Stewart, University of Strathclyde
  • Aimee Ambrose, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Stefanie Reher, University of Strathclyde
  • Sam Gardner, Scottish Power
  • Keith Bell, University of Strathclyde
Dialogue Session: Considering the Sixth Carbon Budget as a case study for an NDC – a strategic look at COP26

Considering the Sixth Carbon Budget as a case study for an NDC – a strategic look at COP26
Jenny Hill, UK Climate Change Committee
Seminar Le May


  • Jenny Hill, Head of Buildings and International Action, UK Climate Change Committee
  • Emanuel Guerin, Executive Director for the International Group, European Climate Foundation
  • Alex Kazaglis, Director, Vivid Economics
  • Mike Thompson, Chief Economist, UK Climate Change Committee
  • Lola Vallejo, Climate Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
3:30 pm


4:00 pm

Second Parallel Session – Dialogue & Paper Sessions

Paper Session: Whole system and change considerations for Electric Mobility

Nash East
Chair: Prof Robert Gross

4:30pm Can the Market Alone deliver EV charge points?
Claire Thornhill, Frontier Economics & Shira Lappin, UK Power Networks

5:00pm Achieving a net-zero carbon railway
Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Cranfield University

Paper Session: Local and community energy in transition

Memorial Room
Chair: Janet Wood

4:00pm Local Values & Business Models: a look at energy services
Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, University of Sussex

4:30pm Policies to unleash UK community energy finance
Dr Matthew Hannon, University of Strathclyde

Paper Session: National and international scale issues in decarbonisation


Chair: Prof Richard Green

4:00pm The role of interconnectors in decarbonising Great Britain’s electricity system
Dr Waqquas Bukhsh, University of Strathclyde

5:00pm Delivering a smarter energy system: How interconnectors help deliver a cleaner, more secure and affordable energy system
John Greasley & Tracey Walker, National Grid

Paper Session: Transitions in energy

Nash West
Chair: Dr Abigail Martin

5:00pm The role of hydrogen in meeting UK’s net-zero target by 2050
Dr Felix Chow-Kambitsch, Aurora Energy Research

Dialogue Session: The "Glide-Path" to Net-Zero

The “Glide-Path” to Net-Zero
Prof Neil Strachan, University College London
Seminar Hinton


  • Neil Strachan, University College London
  • Alec Waterhouse, BEIS
  • George Day, Energy System Catapult
  • Rachel Freeman, University College London
  • Emily Cox, Cardiff University
Dialogue Session: Why innovation is vital to achieving net zero

Why innovation is vital to achieving net-zero
Vivid Economics
Seminar Le May


  • Antonia Mattos, BEIS
  • Pia Andres, London School of Economics
  • Dr Eugenie Dugoua, London School of Economics
  • Ana Barbedo, Vivid Economics
5:40 pm

Student and Young Energy Professional Session

Student and Young Energy Professional Session

Chairs: Prof Peter Taylor & Dr Maria Sharmina

Biofuels to deep decarbonisation: Brazil’s puzzle and its consequences
Danilo Perecin, Imperial College London

Net Zero Transition in Great Britain: How to Make Peer-to-Peer Electricity Markets Work
Timothy Capper, University of Manchester

Unpacking the governance of Greater Manchester’s low-carbon energy transition
Ami Crowther, University of Manchester

A Just Transition for UK oil and gas workers?: Achieving re-employment after job loss
Kirsty Denyer, University of Reading

Evidence-informed energy policy in the West Midlands
Laurie Duncan, University of Birmingham

Lessons for new business models for a net-zero transition: the case of solar energy companies in Kenya
Velma Mukoro, University of Manchester

Analysis of supply chain emissions from Russian pipeline gas and LNG exports
Irina Semykina, University College London

The challenges of linking personal mobility with domestic energy
Alexandra-Elena Vitel, University of Leeds

6:30 pm


7:00 pm

Conference Drinks and Dinner
After Dinner Speaker

Worcester College Garden Quad and Dining Hall

7:45 am

Conference Registration (single day delegates)

Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College,  1 Walton St, Oxford, OX1 2HB

8:00 am

Diversity and Skills Breakfast Session

Achieving the social transformation needed to transition to Net Zero will require policy makers and (the energy?) industry to design the policies, products and services that reach out to ALL consumers in an effective way. To what extent should the diversity of UK Consumers be taken into account? How will/should this affect the way policies and technologies are designed? And how should the call for societal transformation be conveyed to consumers in a compelling way?


Dr Maureen Paul Interim Chief Economist, OFGEM
Wen-Yu Weng Senior Consultant, Clean Energy & Energy Transition, FTI
Mark Andrew Technical Lead, Amber Infrastructure
Helena Anderson Co-Founder and COO, Ikigai
9:10 am


Anna Moss Head of Consumer Markets, Cornwall Insight
9:15 am

Keynote Address: Energy for a Net Zero Society

Laura Sandys CBE CEO, Challenging Ideas
9:35 am

Second Plenary Session: Mobility in a net zero society

The electrification of personal transport now seems inevitable. The substantial electrification of road freight is also possible, though dependent on how the technology options, including batteries, catenaries and hydrogen, develop. There remain many other uncertainties along the way, depending on developments in road and charging infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, shared ownership, flexible working in time and place, and smart grids. But it is not just a technology story. What is the contribution to emissions reduction from changes on the demand-side? Experience in the COVID-19 lockdown has demonstrated big increases in remote working, and in cycling. How might these develop? How much further can business travel adjust? Finally, what are the options for aviation and shipping, and – in respect of the former – for constraining demand.


Spencer Dale Group Chief Economist, BP plc
9:40 am
The Road to Net Zero: delivering the Transport Decarbonisation Plan
Richard Bruce Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation, Department for Transport
10:00 am
Decarbonising Transport: what can be done by 2030?
Prof Jillian Anable Chair in Transport and Energy, ITS, University of Leeds
10:20 am
Why are we still buying petrol or diesel cars - and what's holding us back going fully electric tomorrow?
Fiona Howarth CEO, Octopus Electric Vehicles
10:40 am

Questions and Discussion

11:00 am


11:30 am

Third Parallel Session – Dialogue & Paper Sessions

Paper Session: Public investment, innovation and industrial strategy
Paper Session: The democratic process and scenario planning

Memorial Room
Chair: Dr Abigail Martin

Paper Session: Energy market developments – sandboxes, system operators and blockchain
Paper Session: Social factors – the visual landscape and socio-economic disparities

Nash West
Chair: Prof Peter Taylor

12:00pm Addressing the socio-economic disparities of net zero transition
Dr Piera Patrizio, Imperial College London

12:30pm The impact of Digital Technologies on OECD Energy Demand
Dr Shivani Taneja, University of Nottingham

Dialogue Session: Electric cars: prone to disruption by something else entirely?

Electric cars: prone to disruption by something else entirely?
Seminar Hinton


  • Roger Hunter – VP Electric Mobility, Shell
  • Claire Thornhill – Associate Director, Frontier Economics
  • Gwyn Ephraim – Transport Planner, Arup
1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Third Plenary Session: Jobs prosperity and production in a net zero society

Industrial activities and commercial operations have distinct bespoke requirements in terms of heat and motion they derive from the energy sources they use. This affects all aspects of the productive economy from energy intensity, carbon footprint, innovation and employment. The way these needs can be met in future will determine how zero carbon processes are embedded in the macro economy, and will explore where there are tensions in terms of the cost to GDP of decarbonisation, as well as the opportunities that may arise for the zero carbon economy to be more efficient than the high carbon one. Finally the session will ideally cover the financial implications of the decarbonised economy and, in particular the different options for the required investment to be raised: whether from the private sector, governments or consumers. This has implications for the structure of society – how to make the zero carbon society works for all and no-one gets left behind due to, for example, financial or digital exclusion.

Vivienne Geard Deputy Director, Carbon Hydrogen & Industry Analysis, Dept for BEIS
2:00 pm
Net Zero: the Investment and Cost Story
Chris Stark CEO, The Committee on Climate Change
2:20 pm
Powering the Zero Carbon Economy
Rebecca Sedler Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF Energy
2:40 pm
Innovation, Productivity and the Net Zero Economy
Filippo Gaddo Director, Energy Economics and Regulation, Arup
3:00 pm

Questions and Discussion

3:30 pm


4:00 pm

Tea and Close

Programme Overview

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Please note that the programme is subject to change.

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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