Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

UK energy research and innovation - commercial and investment priorities, skills supply, and next steps for policy

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2020


This conference will assess priorities for accelerating innovation in energy technologies in the UK - looking at both established and emerging sectors.


As a new parliament begins its work, areas for discussion include:


  • New political commitments to energy innovation - including the drive towards green energy and next zero targets;
  • The future for existing policy initiatives, including the planned Energy White Paper;
  • Innovation and investment priorities for the UK energy sector; and
  • The supply of skills, including visas policy and removing barriers for international researchers looking to work in the UK.

The agenda


  • Priorities for supporting innovation in 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;
  • Future models for investment and support - 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.
  • Using latest developments in scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking and long-term strategies.

Speakers and chair


There will be a keynote address 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.



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates