Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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

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


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

Delegate Pack

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


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates