13 May - 8 July 2021
Do have unanswered questions about the role you play in the future of energy?
If our first Energy Transition webinar series ignited a drive to find out more, why not join us for this second instalment and be part of the narrative! This year, in partnership with the REA, we are hosting a webinar series delving deeper into the Energy Transition Story.
For the first time, the UK industry exploration community will join together with the REA to review and explore the UK Government’s Energy White Paper and its commitments to meeting this country’s net-zero targets, the emerging consequences, opportunities and ideas from polar ends of the energy spectrum.
The Secretary of State of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) described the Energy White Paper as reinforcing the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan that puts net zero and the UK’s effort to fight climate change framework at its core. This has significant implications for the oil and gas sector as well as for the fast-growing renewable energy and clean technology opportunities.
This webinar series will be delivered by industry bodies representing oil and gas and renewable energy and clean technologies. Industries that will drive the transition and whose memberships are impacted by the vision of how this will be achieved by government and industry alike.
The targets and polices set out in the Energy White Paper will have profound implications in the oil and gas industry so building your knowledge is of vital importance. This event series will enable you to gain a better understanding of how these changes will affect you, your future employment and the industry on the whole.
This is set to be a unique event series!
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Session dates (18.00-19.15)
- Thursday 13 May 2021
- Thursday 20 May 2021
- Thursday 27 May 2021
- Thursday 03 June 2021
- Thursday 10 June 2021
- Thursday 17 June 2021
- Thursday 24 June 2021
- Thursday 01 July 2021
- Thursday 08 July 2021
More information on all session topics and speakers soon to be announced.
Individual tickets are available for the complete event series (9 sessions) or per session. If you purchase a session ticket, you can indicate your preference when you register.
* Concessionary tickets available on application. Please email Lydia Dumont, PESGB Senior Events Manager: email@example.com
Session 1 - 13 May
Introducing the Energy White Paper and Net Zero ambition
The UK Government’s white paper builds on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan outlining how the national energy and electricity mix will change in a long-term strategic vision for our energy system, consistent with net zero emissions by 2050. It is described as confirming the goal of a decisive shift from fossil fuels to clean energy in power, buildings and industry, while creating jobs and growing the economy and keeping energy bills down. A gargantuan task – needing government, industry and society as a whole to make this energy transition.
To bring the plan alive we will be joined by a senior official from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Committee on Climate Change, the UK Government’s challenger for Net Zero. They will be in conversation with Dr Nina M Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive, REA and panel Host, where we will delve to understand what measures are being considered now, is it ambitious enough and what more will need to be done to meet the milestones. What can we expect to read in the promised Net Zero Strategy to be published before COP26?
Session 2 - 20 May
How the energy transition must support consumers and remember you are a consumer too!
The Energy white paper promises smarter, cleaner energy for ALL consumers and whilst this transformation is already happening, it will only accelerate in the decade to come. The UK Government and OFGEM the regulator, will be introducing policies and regulations which place at the heart of these changes fairness and affordability, protect the interests of people, in their homes, communities and businesses, and create opportunities to save money.
We can already see today smart technologies, enabled by our increasingly digital world, offering new products and services which will help us, for those that wish to, take control of our energy use and carbon emissions. For this important change to happen we need TRUST in the technology, our service providers and installers.
To help understand the challenges this transformation faces, Laura Sandys OBE, Challenging Ideas will host a conversation with the Regulator, forward thinking energy suppliers and an important people’s ”voice” – the Climate Assembly, all of whom play an important role in this consumer experience.
Session 3 - 27 May
Progress in decarbonising power over the next 10 years could make or break the Net Zero strategy as a whole
All key stakeholders agree that electricity is a key enabler for the transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonising the economy cost-effectively by 2050. This belief also acknowledges that electricity demand could double from what it is today as other energy requirements, such as how we heat and cool our homes, businesses and industry as well as transport turn to low carbon electricity to “power” the transition. The extraordinary progress in decarbonisation of power over the last 10 years gives decision makers confidence for this ambition. With such a reliance on power, it is also abundantly clear that the decisions and actions taken over the NEXT 10 years will determine whether Net Zero can be achieved at all. Whilst the White Paper describes the volume and mix of established renewable technologies in the UK Government’s focus, there is also a need to see major gains in the “less established” low carbon opportunities. Will we see at least one major power carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project by 2030 as well as further developments in nuclear technology in time? How does this continued focus on more centralised power projects sit with the growing deployment of renewables and smart technologies on buildings and in regional, decentralised forms of power solutions (a topic we will explore further later in the Webinar Series).
To help explore the challenges facing the deployment of these technologies and ability to progress them at pace, Hamish Wilson, Founder/Lead & Renewables Expert, BluEnergy, will host a conversation with the three leaders of companies championing the different technologies, from solar, wind and bioenergy through to nuclear and gas with CCUS.
Session 4 - 02 June
Energy Systems – our race to Net zero must accommodate a digitised, decarbonised, decentralised and democratic energy world
The UK’s energy system is one of the most developed and successful anywhere in the world. It was, though, designed and built for the age of fossil fuels. Whilst now at a record low level, fossil fuels, primary petroleum products and natural gas still accounted for just over 79% of energy supply in 2019. This dependency on fossil fuels is set to change dramatically and the Energy White paper model will see electricity providing over half of final energy demand, effecting both how we heat and cool our homes & businesses and transport people and goods across our land. This change will revolutionise the energy system and not because it must support the deployment of clean energy technologies, but its need to adapt to a world in which energy is far more decentralised. In session two we considered the importance of consumers, this webinar examines the need for a Smart electricity system, how do we make sure it is supported by efficient electricity markets, which in turn must tap into the burgeoning and exciting world that modern digital infrastructure developments can deliver by marrying both markets and physical networks. It is not just about electricity, as our gas network, one of most established in the world, will need to adapt to accommodate the “push for power” and decarbonise too.
To help understand the system challenges, Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive REA will host a conversation with senior leaders of the System Operator, National Grid ESO, Leading Academic Energy Markets, a major power systems company that sees “Building as Grids” and the UK’s Energy Systems Catapult.
Themes for sessions 5-9:
- Session 5 – Transport (10 June 2021)
- Session 6 – Buildings (17 June 2021)
- Session 7 – Industrial Energy (24 June 2021)
- Session 8 – Oil & Gas (01 July 2021)
- Session 9 – Summary and final thoughts (08 July 2021)
More information on these sessions soon to be announced.
This event will be delivered online.