Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing - Towards Net Zero Energy
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08.30 – 09.00

Registration and breakfast

09.00 – 09.05

Opening remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

09.05 – 09.10

Headline sponsor address
Jim Rushen, Group Head of Environment, Centrica

09.10 – 09.40

Keynote: Towards Net Zero: Navigating the era of energy disruption

The UK energy industry is experiencing unprecedented levels of disruption and transformation across the sector is only set to accelerate as the transition towards a net zero energy system gathers pace.

This wide-ranging keynote will explore how the energy sector has changed over the past decade, discuss what the next decade likely holds in terms of investment trends, technology deployment, and cost curves, and explain how business energy users should manage the risks and opportunities presented by the growing competitiveness of clean technologies.

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK

09.45 – 10.30

Panel discussion:  How to accelerate the net zero energy transition?

This panel discussion will bring together leading experts from across the energy sector to discuss the policy, technology, and investment measures that can help to accelerate deep decarbonisation across the industry. The session will particularly focus on how business customers can proactively support and accelerate the net zero transition through ambitious clean energy goals, direct investment, and innovative partnerships with energy firms.

Fernanda Amemiya, Sustainability Reporting Manager, Landsec
Richard Howard, Research Director, Aurora Energy Research Ltd.
Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Robert Williams, General Manager - Procurement, BT
Chair: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

10.30 – 11.00

Morning break, networking, and visit to the exhibition area

11.00 – 11.20

Case study: How can we decarbonise heating?

Often regarded as the problem child when it comes to delivering net zero emission energy, a debate continues to rage over how best to decarbonise the heating system. This case study will look at how one innovative project is seeking to provide a scalable green heating template for others to follow.

Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult

11.25 – 11.45

Case study: How to develop an integrated net zero energy strategy

A number of companies have made bold pledges to switch to 100 per cent renewables, double their energy productivity, and slash their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. But how do you turn those admirable goals into a coherent and actionable strategy capable of delivering a net zero emission energy system within a handful of years. This session will explore how a leading company is doing just that.

11.50 – 12.35

Closing panel discussion: Towards net zero - What does the energy system look like in 2030, 2040, and 2050?

To deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement the UK needs to deliver a net zero emission economy before 2050. Given the technical difficulties faced in cutting emissions agriculture, heavy industry, and aviation, the energy sector will likely have to be largely decarbonised well before mid-century. What does this mean in practice for this sector and all other businesses that rely on it? How will the energy mix change, and will the grid be able to cope with increased intermittency? What will the UK do to replace millions of fossil fuel burning boilers, and how big is the role for CCS and nuclear? In what ways will energy, tech and auto firms converge and how will this impact the evolution of smart grids? Our closing panel session will seek to discuss these crucial questions and many more.

Belinda Gordon, Strategy Director, Green Alliance
Matt Hindle, Head of Gas, Energy Networks Association
Nick Park, Group Director of Policy and Insight, Centrica
Barnaby Wharton, Head of Policy and Regulation, RenewableUK
Chair: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

12.35 – 12.45

Closing remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

12.35 – 13.45

Lunch and networking