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5 May 2022

A ‘one size fits all’ won’t work for heat decarbonisation

Webinar: Thursday 5th May- 11:00am to 12:00 noon

The BIEE’s Energy seminar series aims to promote discussion of broader issues of energy policy, cutting across sectoral concerns, in an independent and non-partisan environment. The seminars feature speaker presentations as well as an opportunity for audience members to participate in extended Q&A and contribute to the discussion.

This webinar, rescheduled from March will explore the topic of heat decarbonisation and the need to increase our understanding of our homes and how people use heat, with guest speakers:

  • Maxine Frerk (Grid Edge Policy) 
  • Guy Newey (Energy Systems Catapult)

A ‘one size fits all’ won’t work for heat decarbonisation

Heat decarbonisation is one of the biggest challenges facing the UK in terms of meeting net zero. The reason that it is so difficult is that it involves making fundamental changes in almost every home across the country. While much work has been done on the technical merits of hydrogen versus electrification much less work has been done on understanding the differences in people’s homes, their behaviours and use of heat.

 

Speakers

Maxine Frerk

Grid Energy Policy / Director

Maxine Frerk

Grid Energy Policy / Director

Maxine was previously at Ofgem and carried out a range of roles across consumer policy, retail markets and most recently served as Senior Partner Networks. She is now an independent consultant and thought leader through her company Grid Edge Policy. She is also an Associate with the charity Sustainability First and a visiting fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewables at the University of Oxford.

Guy Newey

Energy Systems Catapult / Director of Strategy and Performance

Guy Newey

Energy Systems Catapult / Director of Strategy and Performance

Guy Newey is Director of Strategy and Performance at Energy Systems Catapult, the independent innovation agency. He joined Energy Systems Catapult in 2018 after roles as Energy and Climate Adviser to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary of State, Greg Clark, and as a Special Adviser to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. In Government, he was involved in many key decisions, including closing the UK’s coal-fired power stations, greater independence for the electricity system operator, and as an architect of the Clean Growth Strategy.

Before joining Government, he was Head of Policy at energy supplier, OVO Energy and worked at the think tank, Policy Exchange, where he was Head of Environment and Energy. He was previously a journalist, including three years as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong for the newswire, AFP. He is a non-executive director with UK100, a charity campaigning for greater environmental action by local authorities.

Guy oversees the development of the Catapult’s overall strategy, as well as being responsible for ESC’s policy thought leadership, marketing and communications.

Chair

Yelena Kalyuzhnova

Henley Business School, University of Reading / Vice Dean (International)

Yelena Kalyuzhnova

Henley Business School, University of Reading / Vice Dean (International)

After working as an Economic Adviser to the President of Kazakhstan, Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova founded and remains the Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, UK. She is an authoritative expert in the areas of oil and gas and emerging economies. Professor Kalyuzhnova is the author of the first English-language book on the Kazakhstani economy, a number of research monographs, as well as a range of academic papers on economic issues. Within the UK government, Professor Kalyuzhnova served as an economic adviser on Caspian issues to the Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Q.C., House of Lords as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kazakhstan, House of Commons. She is now Vice Dean of Henley Business School. Yelena is also a member of the Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics.

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