Getting Serious About Net Zero - Conference Programme


Getting Serious About Net Zero: what must we do now?


09:15 Registration and Coffee
09:45 Welcome and Introduction George Day, BIEE 2019 Chair
 09:50 Keynote Address: ‘Net Zero: The Clean Economy Revolution’
There is much to celebrate in the progress the UK has made in reducing emissions since the introduction of the 2008 Climate Change Act. Achieving a net zero economy is going to require a transformation of the scale and pace similar to that of the Industrial Revolution. Everyone has an important role to play in delivering this goal – from energy producers through to consumers, households and businesses alike. Government too has a critical role in providing the right framework and incentives to facilitate the right actions and outcomes.This opening address will set out what this transformation means for action across the economy – highlighting some of the challenges as well as the opportunities for the UK – and provide the context for the more detailed panel discussion sessions of the conference.
Julian Critchlow 160x147 Julian Critchlow, DG Energy Transformation Group, Dept for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
10:10 Session 1 Beyond Power: Decarbonising heat transport and industry
This session will look at the potential for emissions reductions in “harder to decarbonise” sectors, the barriers and how they might be overcome. While the power sector has led the way, (emissions down 64% since 1990 with more to come), we now need clarity on how to achieve deep cuts in carbon emissions across the economy.
 10.10 Alex Kazaglis 160x143Chair: Alex Kazaglis, Principal, Vivid Economics
10:15 ‘Lifting the lid on Net Zero’
Chris will outline the Committee on Climate Change’s advice to Government on achieving Net-Zero with a focus on more challenging sectors including heat, transport and industry – and the economic implications.
chris stark 160x160Chris Stark, Chief Executive, The Committee on Climate Change
10:35 ‘Net zero levels of innovation (and how to tackle them)’
Guy Newey’s  presentation will identify the key innovation challenges to get us to net zero targets. It will consider a better approach to heat decarbonisation, what needs to happen to ensure electric vehicles integrate well into the power system, and what are the risks and opportunities of digitalisation in the energy sector.
Guy Newey photo 160x132Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
10:55 ‘The role of molecules: reaching the parts that electrons cannot reach’
Shell’s Sky scenario suggests that achieving net zero will require more than 60% of final energy consumption to be electrified and Shell has ambitions to play a significant role in delivering an electrified economy.  Hard to abate sectors are however those parts of the economy which cannot readily be electrified and where low carbon molecules must play a role.  Innovation, infrastructure, collaboration, new market structures and customer value propositions need to be mutually reinforcing if net zero is to be achieved.
Jo Coleman 160x160Joanna Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell
11:10  Q&A
11:25  Coffee
11:45  Session 2:Driving the Energy Transition: what are the carbon policy levers?
 This session will explore the various levers available to policymakers for reducing carbon emissions. It will include a review of various levers used in different countries, assessing their relative merits, their effectiveness, the risks/issues associated with them and their applicability in the UK context.
Adrian Gault 160x160Chair: Adrian Gault, Chief Assurance Officer, The Committee on Climate Change
 11:45 ‘Enabling the transition: Economics & Policy, Politics & Europe’
michael grubb 160x157Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
12:05 ‘Policy Levers for Net Zero’
Tim Lord IMG_2574 160x160Tim Lord, Director, Clean Growth, Dept for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
 12:25 ‘Approaching net zero – an energy company view’
Sara-Vaughan 160x140Sara Vaughan, Political & Regulatory Affairs Director, E.ON UK
12:45  Q&A
13:05 BIEE Oxford 2020 Conference Announcement Chris Harris npower. 2020 Conference Chair
13:10  Lunch
14:10 Session 3: Low Carbon Technologies and the role of innovation
This session looks at the crucial role of innovation in the transition to a low carbon future. The speakers will outline the role of energy policy in encouraging the development of new technologies and investment models that will drive the switch to low carbon.
 14.10 Sam Hollister (2) 160z160Chair: Sam Hollister, Director of Economics, Energy UK
14:15 ‘Economic innovation as part of the energy transformation’
The role of innovation can support a healthy economy designed to thrive and be sustainable. However, to deliver the energy transformation, it needs to be coupled with economic innovation. Underpinned by the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, hear how the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme is providing support to business for developing transformative solutions and meeting the UK’s climate change targets.
mark taylor 160x153Dr. Mark Taylor, Deputy Director of Innovation, Dept for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
 14:35 ‘The role of innovation in battery development and the uptake of EVs’
A recent study to identify the maximum opportunity for electric vehicle and battery cell production concluded that demand for UK-produced batteries could need the equivalent of 4 – 13 “gigafactories” – large, high volume, battery manufacturing facilities – by 2040. Neil Morris, CEO of the Faraday Institution will outline what actions need to be taken now, and by whom, to ensure that this opportunity is captured to encourage inward investment in such facilities and make the most of this opportunity for the UK. He will also discuss the initiatives underway at the Faraday Institution to strengthen the UK’s research base by developing new innovative models of conducting large, mission-driven battery research programmes, and the skills development and entrepreneurial programmes that will be needed to deliver the next rounds of scientific breakthroughs and support the R&D requirements of the UK gigafactories of the future.
Neil Morris 0316 160x150Neil Morris, CEO, The Faraday Institution
 14.50 ‘Fuelling our road revolution with renewable energy – and how innovation is putting customers in control and unlocking grid flexibility’
Fiona Howarth 160x170Fiona Howarth, CEO Octopus Electric Vehicles
15:00  Q&A
15:30  Tea
15:45  Session 4: Panel Discussion: UK industrial policy and the global climate challenge
Chaired panel discussion with panellists from industry, finance, policy and regulation. Speakers will introduce their theme then respond to questions.
This panel discussion will consider the dilemmas for UK industrial strategy in relation to the net zero agenda.  Whatever happens with Brexit, the UK will want to stay competitive – but can it also be a global leader in low carbon industry?  Can UK find a sweet spot that aligns clean energy policy, innovation and 21st century industrial competitiveness?
mallika-ishwaran 160x160Chair: Mallika Ishwaran, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Shell
Rain Headshot 160x160Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI
sballaert05_kl (002) 160x140Sonia Van Ballaert, Global Client Director, IBM Global Markets
Charlie Wilson 160 x144Charlie Wilson, Reader in Energy and Climate Change, UEA
Will Webster 160x160William Webster, Energy Policy Manager, Oil & Gas UK
Andrea Griffin 150x150Andrea Griffin, Manager Sustainable Finance, HSBC
17:00 Close



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