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.

With the new government beginning its work, and with trade talks due to begin post-Brexit, 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: Laura Brown, Newcastle University; Susan Falch-Lovesey, Vattenfall; Professor Martin Freer, Energy Research Accelerator and Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham; Sebastian Foot, Navigant; and Filippo Gaddo, Arup.

Also speaking are: David Cole, Atkins; Dr Kirsty Hewitson, National Nuclear Laboratory; Dr Fatemeh RezazadehSiemens Energy; David Ryan, PowerHouse Energy Group and Gemma StanleySolar Trade Association.

Lord Ravensdale has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

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; DfT; DIT; the UK Committee on Climate Change; the Office for Nuclear Regulation; the Crown Commercial Service; HSE; the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office; the Office for the Secretary of State for Wales; and the Welsh Government.

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.

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