Key Points
  • Discuss policy solutions and future regulation designed to reach net-zero targets and make energy efficient, flexible, and sustainable
  • Explore the critical role that interconnectors play in the UK's transition to clean energy resources
  • Review how hydrogen is creating new pathways and platforms to greater decarbonisation of the energy system
  • Delivering zero carbon electricity to decarbonise heat in buildings and using technology to accelerate modernisation of the system
  • Maximise the potential of next generation of cutting-edge automotive technologies to respond to market changes and customer demands
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Overview
Expert Speakers Include:

  • Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change
  • Frances Warburton, Director, Energy System Transition, Ofgem
  • Hedd Roberts, Head of Customer Solutions, Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Chris Jofeh, Chair of Welsh Government Advisory Group on Decarbonisation of Existing Housing, and Consultant, Arup
  • Laura Sandys, Chair, Energy Data Taskforce
  • Dr Rebecca Heaton, Head of Climate Change, Drax
  • Oliver Lancaster, Future of Energy Manager, Wales and West Utilities
  • Ian Rose, Professional Services Director, PassivSystems
  • Adriana Rodriguez Cobas, Head of Assets and Operations, Vattenfall Heat
  • David Watson, Director, Group Strategic Planning, Centrica
  • Maria Varbeva-Daley, Energy Sector Lead, BSI
  • Charles Wood, Head of New Energy Services & Heat, Energy UK
  • Joseph Dutton, Policy Adviser E3G
  • Rob Wood, Chief Executive, Gasrec
  • John Comer, Product Manager, Volvo Truck
  • Clare Jackson, Programme Manager, HydrogenHub and Hydrogen Taskforce

    The Committee on Climate Change’s July 2019 report published that the UK has fallen behind in progress to tackle and prepare for climate change, warning that targets will not be met unless the government urgently delivers critical policies to get emissions reductions back on track. *

    Westminster Insight’s half-day forum will examine plans to achieve net-zero, discuss energy efficiency measures for buildings, and explore initiatives and technologies to accelerate the decarbonisation of the sector.

    We will review the government’s response to tackling climate change through future consultations and increased efforts in reducing carbon emissions in the transport industry.

    Lord Deben will be chairing the day, allowing there to be a CCC voice throughout, whilst Laura Sandy’s will be giving you insight into unlocking the potential of data sharing across the energy system to support decarbonisation.

    This conference will explore what measures government, businesses, and society must take to reduce emissions, with a particular focus on how technology and innovation can be used to accelerate the modernisation of the system and implement major changes.

    Join your peers and thought leaders from industry, central government, and academia to gain practical strategies that can support the transformation of the energy sector and lead the way to a greener future.

  • Agenda
    Start

    08:30 - 09:00
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking

     

    09:00 - 09:10
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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    09:10 - 09:40
    Joint Keynote Session: Exploring Policy Solutions to Reach Net-Zero and Make Energy Efficient, Flexible, and Sustainable

     
    • Discussing the CCC’s latest suggestions to get emissions on track for 2050 targets
    • Recommending policy solutions to make power more flexible for businesses and consumers
    • Reflecting on the CCC’s climate change goals: government strategies to support long-term, low-carbon technologies, innovation, and funding to accelerate progress on decarbonisation projects
    • Providing adequate energy regulation needed to support the road to net-zero
    • What actions should be taken in 2020 to move beyond targets and towards actual delivery?

      09:40 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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    David Watson Director, Group Strategic Planning, Centrica

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    Frances Warburton Partner, Energy Systems Ofgem

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    10:00 - 10:15
    Reviewing Grid Connections for a Smarter Future

     
    • Exploring the critical role that inter-connectors play in the UK’s transition to clean energy resources
    • Gas inter-connectors and the potential for work going on with our European neighbours to lead to hydrogen interconnection
    •  Using hydropower and hydro storage with other countries to meet environmental targets 
    • Maximising the potential of technologies to respond to market changes and customer demands

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    Hedd Roberts Head of Customer Solutions, Electricity Transmission, National Grid

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    Joseph Dutton Policy Adviser, E3G

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    10:15 - 10:30
    Exploring How Large-Scale Carbon-Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) And Hydrogen Production Can Support Decarbonisation

     
    • Using CCUS and hydrogen to create new pathways and platforms to greater decarbonisation of the energy system
      Exploring the bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax Power Station
    • Reviewing the Pathways Project – using hydrogen from methane reforming, plus CCS and hydrogen from electrolysis for buildings, power, transport and industrial decarbonisation

      10:30 - 10:45 Joint Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Dr Rebecca Heaton Head of Climate Change, Drax

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    Clare Jackson Programme Manager, HydrogenHub and Hydrogen Taskforce

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    10:45 - 11:15
    Coffee and Networking Break

     

    10:45 - 11:15
    Decarbonisation of Heat in Buildings and Using Technology to Accelerate Modernisation of The System

     
    • Reducing the cost of retrofitting efficiency measures in existing buildings to ensure homes and businesses are heated by clean energy sources
    • Expanding electricity generation capacity to enable the growth of electrified heating, balanced with decarbonised gas capacity from storage and flexibility to manage intermittent electricity supply
    • Harnessing the benefits of technological advancement in artificial intelligence to meet demand with smart solutions
    • Creating successful relationships with customers and building engagement for the future
    • Reviewing hybrid heating systems as part of its wider research into heat decarbonisation

      11:45 - 12:05 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Adriana Rodriguez Cobas Head of Assets and Operations, Vattenfall Heat

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    Oliver Lancaster Future of Energy Manager, Wales and West Utilities

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    Chris Jofeh Chair, Welsh Government Advisory Group, Decarbonisation of Existing Housing

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    Ian Rose Professional Services Director, PassivSystems

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    12:05 - 12:30
    Modernising and Decarbonising the Transport sector to Deliver Zero Carbon Emissions Targets

     
    • Transport Decarbonisation Plan: how the government, businesses and society can reduce significant emissions from all modes of transport 
    • Energy storage for electric vehicles and the transition to CAVs
    • Developing and embedding the next generation of cutting-edge automotive technologies

      12:30 - 12:45 Questions and Discussion

    Speakers

    Rob Wood Chief Executive, Gasrec

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    John Comer Product Manager, Volvo Truck

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    Maria Varbeva-Daley Energy Sector Lead, BSI Group

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    12:45 - 13:10
    The Importance of Data in the Road to Net-Zero

     
    • Unlocking the potential of data sharing across the energy system to support decarbonisation and reduce consumer bills Reviewing latest findings from the Energy Data Taskforce

      13:10 - 13:25 Questions and Discussion

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    Charles Wood Head of New Energy Services & Heat, Energy UK

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    Laura Sandys Chair, Energy Data Taskforce

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    13:25 - 13:35
    Chair's Closing Remarks

     

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    Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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    End

    Speakers

    John Comer Product Manager, Volvo Truck

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    Lord Deben Chairman, Committee on Climate Change.

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    Joseph Dutton Policy Adviser, E3G

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    Dr Rebecca Heaton Head of Climate Change, Drax

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    Clare Jackson Programme Manager, HydrogenHub and Hydrogen Taskforce

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    Chris Jofeh Chair, Welsh Government Advisory Group, Decarbonisation of Existing Housing

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    Oliver Lancaster Future of Energy Manager, Wales and West Utilities

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    Hedd Roberts Head of Customer Solutions, Electricity Transmission, National Grid

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    Adriana Rodriguez Cobas Head of Assets and Operations, Vattenfall Heat

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    Ian Rose Professional Services Director, PassivSystems

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    Laura Sandys Chair, Energy Data Taskforce

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    Maria Varbeva-Daley Energy Sector Lead, BSI Group

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    Frances Warburton Partner, Energy Systems Ofgem

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    David Watson Director, Group Strategic Planning, Centrica

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    Rob Wood Chief Executive, Gasrec

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    Charles Wood Head of New Energy Services & Heat, Energy UK

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    Venue details

    Central London


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