Morning, Thursday, 5th March 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will assess priorities for accelerating innovation in energy technologies in the UK - looking at both established and emerging sectors.
With a new government beginning its work, and with trade talks due to have started, areas for discussion include:
- Policy commitments on energy innovation - including the drive towards green energy, supporting new projects, and net zero targets;
- The planned energy white paper and further government initiatives already in progress;
- Priorities from the UK energy sector for innovation and investment; and
- The skills pipeline, including visas policy and removing barriers for international researchers looking to work in the UK.
Speakers and chair
There will be keynote addresses from: Matthew Billson, Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation Programme, BEIS and Professor Charlotte Deane, Deputy Executive Chair, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Further keynote contributors include: Jan-Willem Bode, Navigant; Laura Brown, Newcastle University; Susan Falch-Lovesey, Vattenfall; Professor Martin Freer, Energy Research Accelerator and Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham; Filippo Gaddo, Arup and a senior speaker confirmed from the Department for International Trade.
Also speaking are: David Cole, Atkins; Dr Kirsty Hewitson, National Nuclear Laboratory; Matthew Knight, Siemens Gas and Power; David Ryan, PowerHouse Energy Group and a senior speaker confirmed from the Solar Trade Association.
Lord Ravensdale has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.
- Supporting the development of energy technology - investment, policy developments, and net-zero emission targets;
- Innovation in established and emerging energy technologies - decarbonisation, cost reduction, and bringing projects to market;
- Business development, commercialisation, and supporting investor confidence;
- Investment and support - future models and expansion of the regulated asset base;
- Exports based on UK energy technology development - assessing the opportunities;
- Research, innovation and scalability across the energy sector:
- Growing national clusters for research and innovation in energy, and addressing regional imbalances in resources and capacity;
- Ensuring technology development works for industry - whole-system compatibility, working with supply chains, and minimising costs; and
- Access to skills and technical capabilities for advanced technology, and preparing the workforce.
- Informing the development of policy and long-term strategies - incorporating learning from latest scientific research and evidence.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: BEIS; Crown Commercial Service; DfT; DIT; HSE; the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office; UK Committee on Climate Change; the Office for the Secretary of State for Wales; and the Welsh Government.