Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Expanding the UK's Green Economy: investor confidence, low-carbon infrastructure and the Clean Growth Strategy

Morning, Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This seminar will assess the priorities for expanding the UK’s Green Economy, delivering low-carbon electricity and developing green infrastructure.

Delegates will consider the potential implications of key measures from the Government’s recently released Clean Growth Strategy which focuses on how the UK can secure industrial and economic advantage from the global transition to a low carbon economy. They will also examine how the Government’s environmental policy can best nurture the creation of new technologies and businesses in light of predictions that the low carbon economy could grow 11% per year between 2015 and 2030.

With the UK set to miss its 2020 renewable targets, and following the recent private acquisition of the GIG and the Green Deal Finance Company, sessions will also consider opportunities for attracting further private investment in green projects. Attendees will examine the challenges for engaging investors who traditionally avoid public subsidy models, and for balancing commercial viability with the need for clean energy infrastructure.

The agenda also includes discussion on the future for less established technologies, the outlook for cross sector strategies to ensure effective emissions management and reduction, and the Government’s priorities following the announcement of £2.5 billion investment to support low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021.

Guest of Honour

Graham Meeks

Director of Policy, Green Investment Group

Guest of Honour

Graham Meeks

Director of Policy, Green Investment Group

Keynote Speakers

Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Dr Peter Bonfield

Chief Executive, BRE Group


Alex Sobel MP

Member, Environmental Audit Committee

Peter Aldous MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy


Jonathan Lonsdale

Consulting Director, ICF

Ryan MacDonald

Director of Commercial, SSE Enterprise Utilities

Anna Kynaston

Head, Low Carbon Investment and Public Sector Energy Efficiency, The Scottish Government

Kilian Pender

Chief Executive Officer, Green Deal Finance Company

Trevor Hutchings

Trustee, Green Purposes Company and Director, Strategy, Gemserv

Celine Cluzel

Associate Director, Element Energy

Emma Pinchbeck

Executive Director, RenewableUK

Sarah Tennison

Technology and Innovation Manager, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Kate Levick

Director of Policy and Regulation, CDP

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

David Kilduff

Partner and Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Government, Walker Morris

Sharon Youssefi

Policy Manager, The Association for Decentralised Energy