Renewable and Nuclear Energy – Removing CO₂ from the Power Generation Mix

How can we design the highest possible performing low carbon energy system with a diverse portfolio of technologies?

About this Event

Think Tank Oil Change International: “There is no room for new fossil fuel development — gas included — within the Paris Agreement goals.”

The IPCC says the world needs to be half decarbonized by 2030, and fully decarbonized by 2050, to hit the 1.5-degree target. To give developing countries more room, wealthy developed nations should ideally decarbonize faster.

On the 31st October 2019, the EU executive published its latest list, “Projects of Common Interest” (PCI) for energy, which are intended to promote energy security across borders. The EU says it wants to get out of fossil fuels and become climate neutral as soon as possible. But the European Commission’s latest list of energy projects eligible for EU funding nevertheless includes 32 gas projects, including the construction of new LNG terminals.

On Thursday 14th November 2019 the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a new energy lending policy that will end the majority of its financing for fossil fuels beyond 2021. The new policy ends the Bank’s financing of oil, gas, and coal projects after 2021, and limits approvals of new fossil fuel projects in the interim to projects that are already under appraisal by the EIB. However, it is weaker than the original proposal as a result of pressure from Germany and the European Commission, who pushed for fossil gas loopholes. The decision comes as EU politicians are set to deliberate on a number of key climate policies, including the European Green Deal.

The public has been clear that they expect real action on climate change, and all eyes will be on Germany and the European Commission to do better in the tests that lie ahead.

The Conference will look at whole system thinking – how can we design the highest possible performing system (clean, reliable, affordable, flexible) with a diverse portfolio of technologies? A standardised & consistent approach to best practice in: financing, regulation, siting, supply chain development and capability, project management across all technologies in whole system

Could this lead to a high level MOU between the low carbon technology associations to create an umbrella Clean Energy Development Association?

The wonderful Kirsty Gogan Alexander, who gave a very detailed and positive address to the “Renewable & Nuclear Energy” Conference in London, taking a broader look at whole system thinking and how can we design the highest possible performing system (clean, reliable, affordable, flexible) with a diverse portfolio of technologies? A standardised & consistent approach to best practice in all aspects of the energy cycle and could this lead to a high level MOU between the low carbon technology associations to create an umbrella Clean Energy Development Association? Kirsty is committed to low carbon energy and is passionate about ensuring a safer cleaner world for future generations. Energy Connectors LTD is very honoured to have had Kirsty participate. Thank you.

Steve Gladman, Energy Connectors

Programme

Registration from 9am to 9.30am – Welcome

Chair – Munir Hassan – Partner – Head of the CMS Energy Group

Morning Session

9.30am – Opening Speech – Fiona Reynolds – CEO Principles for Responsible Investment: ‘The Role of Investors in a Net-Zero Future’

9.45 am – Keynote – Dr Catharina James – Founder & CEO of DRCJ; Advisory Board member of the Linz Institute of Technology; dubbed ‘The First Lady of Graphene’ by The Telegraph: ‘Linking Innovative Technologies for Waste Management with Carbon Neutral Energy Supply’

10.00 am – 6 x 15-minute talks

Dimitri Zenghelis – Economist. Project Leader, The Wealth Economy: Natural and Social Capital at University of Cambridge

Dr Nina M Skorupska CBE – Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association: ‘Decarbonising our Economy with Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies’

Adriènne Kelbie – Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Regulation: ‘ONR Enabling Regulation’

15-minute comfort break

Fiona Reilly – Non-executive Director of the Nuclear Industry Association: ‘The Role of Nuclear in Meeting Net Zero’

Kingsmill Bond CFA – Energy Strategist for Carbon Tracker: ‘Reflexivity and the Energy Transition’

Dr Tim Stone CBE – Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association: ‘The Need for Root and Branch Reform of the Regulator and Electricity Markets’

11.45 am – Panel Discussion

Whole system thinking – how can we design the highest possible performing energy system (clean, reliable, affordable, flexible) with a diverse portfolio of technologies? (Helena Anderson, COO Ikigai Capital joins the Panel Discussion)

12.45 pm – Networking Lunch

Afternoon Session

1.45 pm – 7 x 15-minute talks

Julia Pyke – Nuclear Development Director, EDF Energy: ‘SZC as an Energy Hub – Heat and Hydrogen Production’

Kirsty Gogan MSc. FRSA – Co-founder and executive director of Energy for Humanity/ Managing Partner, LucidCatalyst: ‘De-risking Net Zero: A Whole System Perspective’

Chris Hewett – Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association: ‘Removing Barriers to Entry for Zero Carbon Investors: Big and Small’

15-minute comfort break

Ruth Herbert – Director of Strategy & Development, Low Carbon Contracts Company: “GB electricity market reform – successes and challenges ahead”.:

Federica Chiappe – Senior International Climate Change Expert & Head of Blended Finance at Neovela Transition Finance : ‘International Climate Change Policy, Sustainable Finance, and Technological Innovation’

Susan McDonald – Lead Manager, Future of Energy at Deloitte; Manager, Capital Programmes, Energy & Resources, Deloitte, and Chair of Energy UK’s Young Energy Professionals Forum: ‘Future Energy’

Tom Palmer – Managing Consultant, Cornwall Insight: ‘Wind – What Can We Expect from the Election Outcome and Subsidy Free Development’

15-minute comfort break

4.00 pm – Panel Discussion

Whole system thinking – how can we design the highest possible performing energy system (clean, reliable, affordable, flexible) with a diverse portfolio of technologies?

5.00 pm Close

5.15 pm to 7pm – Networking Drinks Reception