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Delivering the Clean Growth Plan: Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018
  • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Overview

The UK Government is setting out the long-term vision to deliver a more resource efficient energy market, minimise the costs to businesses and households, and seize the opportunities that a shift towards a low carbon economy present.

The 2008 Climate Change Act sets legally-binding emissions targets that chart a course to an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels). The Act requires that the government plan in advance how those targets will be met, due to be shortly published new policy frameworks will detail emission reduction plans, strategic investment in innovation, and the opportunities to reduce the costs of achieving low carbon goals. The 2016 Paris Agreement also sets a wider global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Following the EU referendum result the UK government may have more scope to shape future environment legislation outside of the EU and the opportunity to radically improve the way we manage our resources, energy markets and natural environment.

The UK government has developed plans to work with energy industries, stakeholders and regulators to manage the changes to energy markets required in transition to clean and sustainable growth. The shift to a low carbon economy requires strategic investment in innovation and regulatory frameworks that can minimise the costs to UK businesses, taxpayers and consumers. Our conference agenda will not only explore the new energy policy landscape but also the opportunities offered by hydrogen fuel cell and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies across multiple applications such as industrial energy, heating, energy storage and transportation.

This timely conference will explore the new government strategies to reduce emissions, secure energy supplies and drive sustainable, clean growth in a low carbon economy.

The UK Government is committed to meeting its legally-binding targets under the Climate Change Act and is issuing a new framework to not only reduce emissions but to ensure the UK can capitalise on its strengths in the energy industries and win a substantial share of global markets. The 2016 Paris Agreement, signed by 195 countries, has reaffirmed the world's commitment to mitigate the risks of climate change and, with the impacts associated with global warming rising year-on-year, there is an urgent need for both government and industry action. The government has a key role to play in developing energy infrastructure, funding energy research and securing energy supplies. The Clean Growth Plan intends to outline how strategic investment in innovation and design of regulatory frameworks can influence investment, manage markets and ensure the long-term affordability of energy for UK households and businesses. 

This one-day conference will explore the how the UK can decarbonise across domestic heat, transport, and energy intensive industries in line with the government's Clean Growth Plan due to be published this autumn. We will be exploring how hydrogen fuel cell and Carbon Capture Storage technology can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions across four key areas: Managing energy demands in line with policy commitments; Domestic heat; Carbon Capture and Storage and Industrial Emissions; and Transport.

Delivering affordable energy for UK businesses is a challenge. There are 15 sectors in the economy - including chemicals, steel, glassmaking and ceramics - where energy costs represent over ten percent of total business expenditure. The government is reviewing the opportunities to reduce the costs of achieving our decarbonisation goals in the power and industry sectors and deliver a long-term roadmap to minimise business energy costs. The aim is position the UK economy to benefit from technological transformation and innovation that will be in demand across the world.

Alongside a commitment of £600m investment in low emission vehicles the UK Government announced plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040. This market intervention aims to encourage people to buy low emission or electric vehicles. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has warned that Britain "can't carry on" with petrol and diesel cars because of the damage to people's health and the environment. Experts have warned that plans are ambitious and need to be matched with infrastructure investment, arguing a vehicle ban policy will place unprecedented strain on the National Grid and energy resources.

The government must work with energy industries, regulators and stakeholders to manage the changes required in a transition to a low carbon economy. New policy frameworks will detail emission reduction plans, strategic investment in innovation, and the opportunities to reduce the costs of achieving low carbon goals.

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Explore the frontier low carbon technology, research and innovation across domestic heat, transport and industrial energy use.
  • Learn how hydrogen fuel cell and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions.
  • Clarity on new policy frameworks such as the clean growth plan that will detail emission reduction plans and government strategic investment in innovation.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the opportunities to reduce the costs of achieving low carbon goals.
  • Expert analysis of how the UK can capitalise on its strengths in the energy industries and win a substantial share of global markets.
  • Learn more about the long-term vision for the UK to deliver a more resource efficient energy market.
  • Update on commitment of £600m investment in low emission vehicles and progress the UK Government plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040.
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing, professional networking and contribute to wider thinking about higher education and research.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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08:30am

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:15am

Chair’s Opening Address

George Day, Head of Economic Strategy, Energy Technologies Institute (confirmed)

09:20am

Session One: UK Policy and Energy Demand

This session will look at meeting the policy commitments that have been set by the UK Government in the Clean Growth Plan and in accordance with the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The challenge to meet carbon emission targets while being able to deal with the energy demands of the UK economy is one policy makers, industry and research have to meet together.

09:20am

Keynote Address

Will Lochead, Head of CCS Policy, Department for Business Energy Industrial Strategy (confirmed)

"Delivering the clean growth plan"
09:40am

Torje Soviken, Minister for Petroleum & Energy, Norway (invited)

"International experience of how to incorporate CCS into your energy mix"

The Norwegian Government is committed to a full-scale Carbon Capture and Storage project, setting out investment on a broad front to develop cost-effective technology for CCS and seek to build at least one full-scale carbon capture demonstration plant by 2020. The government completed assessment of benefits that demonstrated that all alternatives will contribute to significantly reducing barriers and costs for subsequent CCS projects.

10:00am

Main Sponsor

10:20am

Question and Answer Session

10:30am

Panel Discussion

Chris Brown, Head of Gas Integration Systems, Ofgem (invited)

Jon Gibbins Centre Director, UKCCRS (confirmed)

Neil Rowley, Gas Modelling Manager, National Grid SO (confirmed)

"How to Deal with Energy Demands while Achieving Low Carbon Emissions"

The UK Government is committed to meeting its legally-binding targets under the Climate Change Act and is issuing a new framework to not only reduce emissions but to ensure the UK can capitalise on its strengths in the energy industries and win a substantial share of global markets.

11:00am

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:45am

Session Two: Domestic Heat

This session will explore how hydrogen can be used to reduce carbon emissions within domestic heat and focus on projects in the UK that have successfully delivered lower emissions through innovative technologies and how they could reach greater economies of scale.

11:45am

Dan Sadler, H21 Programme Director, H21 Leeds City Gate Project (confirmed)

"Next steps to decarbonisation of domestic heat"

The conversion strategy for the Leeds City area included proposals to supply the local grid with low-carbon hydrogen produced at four steam methane reformers on Teesside utilising Carbon Capture and Storage.

12:05pm
Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director and Professor of the Thornton Energy Institute, University of Chester (confirmed)
Tony Smith, Commercial Strategy Manager, Peel Gas & Oil (confirmed)
"Development of an industrial hydrogen hub in the North West – an integrated decarbonised energy project linking Manchester and Liverpool"
12:25pm

Case Study

12:45pm

Question and Answer Session

13:00pm

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:00pm

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:05pm

Case Study

14:25pm

Trunde Sunset, Chief Executive, Gassnova (confirmed)

"Gassnova project: Feasible energy future for CCS"

Gassnova SF is the Norwegian state enterprise for carbon capture and storage and was set up to help cope with the challenge of climate change, within the area of capture, transportation and geological storage of the CO2.

14:45pm

Case Study

15:05pm

Sarah Tennison, Innovation Manager Tees Valley Combined Authority (confirmed)

"Delivering our industrial Strategy"

A range of exciting new investment prospects were identified in sectors such as port logistics, carbon capture & storage, new energy, and innovative chemical sectors. Specific proposals for land assembly, infrastructure and joint venture delivery have formed the core of the Tees Valley Industrial Programme.

15:25pm

Question and Answer Session

15:40pm

Coffee in the Networking Area

15:55pm

Session Four: Transport

In this session speakers will discuss the options available for decarbonisation in transport looking at hydrogen fuel cell technology vs electric vehicles. How quick can the UK infrastructure change to support both? Which technology should the UK lead on?

15:55pm

Case Study

16:15pm

Panel Discussion

Bob Moran, Deputy Head, UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (confirmed)

Andy Eastlake, Chief Executive, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (confirmed)

Peter Stephens, Head of External Government Affairs, Nissan Motors (invited)

Mark Poulton, Vehicle Technology Manager, Transport for London (confirmed)

"Decarbonisation of Transport: Hydrogen Fuel Cell vs Electric Vehicles"

From Betamax players to the Sinclair C5 history is littered with the trailblazing innovations that stalled in the market. Alongside a commitment of £600m investment in low emission vehicles the UK Government announced plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040. This market intervention aims to encourage people to buy low emission or electric vehicles.

Will the range, adaptability, and refuelling time put hydrogen fuel cells ahead of electric cars? Or will a lack of infrastructure mean hydrogen-powered cars are a non-starter?

17:00pm

Chair’s closing remarks and conference close

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  • Who will attend?

  • Academics
  • Chief Officers of environmental health and safety
  • Climate Change Officers
  • Councillors
  • Directors of CCS
  • Directors of environment, energy and safety
  • Directors of social & environmental responsibility
  • Energy Intensive Companies
  • Energy Managers
  • Facilities and Estates Managers
  • Heads of Climate Change
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  • Heads of Energy
  • Heads of Environment
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  • Heads of Transport
  • Heads of Sustainability
  • Heads of Sustainable Development
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  • Professors in the following areas: Energy, Climate Change, Fuel Cell Technology, Hydrogen, CCS
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