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Offshore wind – Keeping our eye on the long-term prize

Our industry is a critical part of our UK and global response to climate change. The UK is a world leader in offshore wind, and we are seeing rapid expansion across the globe. But in the midst of a global pandemic, how does our industry prioritise and stay on the path to low carbon growth. We bring together leading figures from across our industry to talk about the continued opportunity for offshore wind and reflect on what our changed environment means for our businesses.

Chair: Maf Smith, Director, Lumen Energy & Environment

● Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Global Offshore Wind Business
● Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist, Strategy, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
● Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore. Head of UK Market Development, Consenting & External Affairs, Ørsted and Industry Chair, OWIC
● Christina Horspool, Environment Division Manager, Xodus Group
● Morris Bray, Senior Business Development Manager, National Grid Ventures.

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    Barry Carruthers; Dr Eugene McKenna; Joanne Allday; Johnathan Reynolds; Abigail Dombey; Simon Ellis
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    John Grady, Gordon Downie and Tom Swan, partners at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, All-Energy’s Headline Sponsor, will discuss these topics and more on Wednesday

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    Already, smart technology is entering our homes and companies are using big data to respond better to consumer preferences. We are learning that digital technologies can make distributed energy the cheapest and cleanest form of energy.

    UKRI’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ programme is pioneering the data-enabled systems approach to unlock the benefits of smart local energy systems. These systems improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure, capture value and provide local jobs, helping to distribute prosperity; while society gains clean, cheap energy delivered in ways that suit modern net zero lives, lived locally.

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    ● Dinker Bhardwaj, Head of Data Policy, Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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    ● Dr. Jim Scott, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Grid Edge
    ● Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst, Kaluza
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    Chair: Ragne Low, Head of Heat Planning and Delivery, The Scottish Government

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    ● Andrew Wholley, Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework and Project Support Unit, Mott MacDonald
    ● Fiona Boyd MEI, Sustainability Officer, The Highland Council
    ● Kathryn Dapre, Head of Energy and Sustainability, NHS National Services Scotland - Net Zero NHS Scotland: How will we do it?

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
  • The Climate Emergency and Planning: Have we got the balance right? Recorded: Nov 4 2020 90 mins
    George Baxter, Heather Donald, Jennifer Ballantyne, Jennifer Skrynka, Coll McCail, Robbie Kernahan
    Sponsored by SSE Renewables and GreenPower

    There’s a climate emergency. The UK and Scottish targets are really bold, with the expansion of onshore wind expected to be a major part of the heavy lifting over the next ten years. Government advice is a likely trebling of current onshore wind capacity. To make projects work on a viable basis, however, from modest community projects to large utility-scale projects, we need a supportive planning system, which includes accommodating the most efficient modern larger turbines.
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    Chair: George Baxter, Director of Development, GreenPower (International) Ltd

    ● Heather Donald, Head of Project Consents, SSE Renewables
    ● Jennifer Ballantyne, Partner, Pinsent Masons and Board Member of Scottish Renewables
    ● Jennifer Skrynka, Managing Director, ASH design + assessment Ltd
    ● Coll McCail, Young Advisor For Children in Scotland (joining for Q&A panel)
    ● Robbie Kernahan, Director of Sustainable Growth, NatureScot (joining for Q&A panel)

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    Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

    Innovation across big industries is a priority for the UK in order to meet our ambitious net-zero targets, push for regional regeneration, and forge a new outward-looking future beyond the EU and across the globe.

    UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) launched four years ago, supports industry to unlock the potential of local energy systems, reduce carbon emissions in foundation industries, design new battery systems, decarbonise industrial clusters and pioneer new construction processes, all with the ultimate goal of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Overall, the ISCF has 10 challenges contributing to net-zero targets and has £2.6 bn to award.

    The session will explore available funding and emerging results from the challenge fund, showcase successful ideas and applicants from previous funding rounds. Challenge Directors will discuss what innovations are needed further to revolutionise your sector, as well as how to collaborate and build partnerships with relevant stakeholders, harnessing talent, funds and new ideas for your project.

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    ● Bryony Livesey, Challenge Director, Industrial Decarbonisation, UKRI
    ● Bruce Adderley, Challenge Director, Transforming Foundation Industries, UKRI
    ● Rob Saunders, Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UKRI
    ● Jacqui Murray, Deputy Challenge Director, Faraday Battery Challenge, UKRI
    ● Mike Pitts, Deputy Challenge Director, Transforming Construction, UKRI

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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    Climate change and the climate emergency are with us. In 2019, the UK Government and the devolved administrations committed to the Net Zero target as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. Reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires extensive changes across the economy, but the foundations are in place.

    Major infrastructure decisions need to be made in the near future and quickly implemented. These changes are unprecedented in their overall scale, but large-scale transitions have been achieved successfully in the UK before, such as the natural gas switchover in the 1970s or the switch to digital broadcasting in the 2000s.

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    ● Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower and a member of the COP26 Business Group
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    ● Mike Barry, Sustainable changemaker and Former Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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    We’ll explore policy/strategy, the manufacture of hydrogen, the offshore wind sector’s aspirations, onshore wind, transport, and more...... And look forward to your comments and questions too.

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    ● Rita Wadey, Deputy Director - Hydrogen Economy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
    ● Benj Sykes, Industry Chair, Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) and VP, UK Offshore Ørsted
    ● Barry Carruthers, Director of Hydrogen, and Head of Innovation, Sustainability and Quality, ScottishPower
    ● Clare Jackson, Senior Consultant, Ecuity & Programme Manager, Hydrogen Hub
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    Keith Anderson, Tracy Black, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Angus McCrone, Councillor Susan Aitken
    Sponsored by ScottishPower and the Scottish Government

    What does The Green Recovery mean to your organisation – and to you personally?

    it is imperative that choices in the coming months steer a recovery that drives vital new economic activity, accelerates our transition to net zero, and strengthens our resilience to the impacts of climate change after the pandemic wanes. It is vital to foster green structural transformation cutting CO2 emissions, as well as boosting our national and regional economies and, not slip back into the ‘old normal’ which will exacerbate irreversible climate change, biodiversity loss, and other environmental risks.

    From government to industry, academia to members of the public who took part in the UK Climate Assembly (more of that in tomorrow morning’s opening webinar) all agree that a green recovery is essential.

    We have asked our speakers, who between them represent government; a major utility; the jobs market – and skills; engineers; the energy economy; and a major city, what it means to them, and how they see the Green Recovery taking place.

    Chair: Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower

    ● Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland

    ● Tracy Black, Director, CBI Scotland
    ● Professor Sir Jim McDonald FRSE FREng FInstP FIET, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde
    ● Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, BloombergNEF
    ● Councillor Susan Aitken, The Leader, Glasgow City Council

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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    ● Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy Connectivity and the Islands, The Scottish Government
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    ● Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, Orbital Marine Power
    ● Craig Frew, Leader Low Carbon Innovation Team, Scottish Government
    ● Helen Donovan, Industrial Transformation Division, Welsh Government
    ● Graham Foster, CTO, Marine Power Systems
    ● Sam Leighton, Managing Director, Bombora Wave Power

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A

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    ● Andy Peyman, Export Structuring and Origination Manager, EDF Energy
    ● Svanhild Vesterheim, Senior Associate, Wiersholm, Norway.
    ● James Brabben, Wholesale Manager, Cornwall Insight
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    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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    Leveraging cross-sector energy solutions (oil and gas electrification, wind power, hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage) could potentially support the delivery of ~30% of the country’s overall net zero target. When you add the potential contribution of offshore renewables, the UKCS could support as much as 60% of the whole UK’s abatement required by 2050.

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    ● Bethan Vasey, Upstream Energy Transition Manager, Shell UK
    ● Myrtle Dawes, Solution Centre Director, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
    ● Colin MacIver, Offshore Wind Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
    ● Will Apps, Head of Energy Development, The Crown Estate

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
  • Business Case for Smart Sustainable Cities Solutions – No more Pilots! Recorded: Sep 29 2020 93 mins
    Clare Foster, James Lockyer, Jason Warwick, Gary Bennett, Giordano Ambrosi, Andrew Dyke
    Taking the concepts shared during Session 1 and introducing solutions which can enable cities to make their smart city visions a reality by creating a value or business case for smart city projects including from central city data repositories through to specific solutions across areas such as connected street lights, air quality, building energy management and parking.

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    Chair: Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Partner Banking and Finance, Shepherd and Wedderburn

    ● James Lockyer, Director, IoT and Mixed Reality – EMEA, Microsoft
    ● Jason Warwick, Director - Urban Integrated
    ● Gary Bennett, UK Managing Director, Schreder
    ● Giordano Ambrosi, Marketing Manager, Intercomp Smart Parking Systems
    ● Andrew Dyke, Director of Intelligent Buildings, ICONICS

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
  • Smart Sustainable Cities – Learnings from the Sharing Cities Project Recorded: Sep 29 2020 90 mins
    Clare Foster, James Lockyer, Jason Warwick, Bill Wilson, Anna Richardson, Gary Bennett
    Introduction to the Sharing Cities project and discussion surrounding key learnings from international collaboration between industries and cities, and details of the urban data platform solutions.

    Microsoft is helping cities around the world become more competitive, sustainable, and prosperous. With its partners, Microsoft is working with cities to engage their citizens, empower city employees, optimise city operations and infrastructure, and transform to accelerate innovation and opportunity

    Panelists will give short presentations, followed by a panel discussion and your questions.

    Chair: Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Partner Banking and Finance, Shepherd and Wedderburn

    ● James Lockyer, Director, IoT and Mixed Reality – EMEA, Microsoft
    ● Jason Warwick, Director - Urban Integrated
    ● Bill Wilson, IoT & Smart Cities Technology Director, Kainos
    ● Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council
    ● Gary Bennett, UK Managing Director, Schreder

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
  • Finance & Funding: Once in a lifetime challenges Recorded: Aug 20 2020 91 mins
    Andrew Smith, David Richardson, Matthew Clayton, Veronica Noone, Louise Wilson and Fraser Pritchard
    ● Sustainable investment for a carbon-neutral future: Once in a lifetime challenges – the ingredients for a perfect sauce for funding?
    ● Updates from major sources of finance and identification of commerciality failures and practical suggestions on avoiding them

    What has the impact of the pandemic been on angel & VC funding? How are corporate venture arms viewing the current economic climate and their own strategic budgets? Many businesses are making strong statements about their businesses being carbon neutral by 2040, 2039 even 2030, and the days of the internal combustion engine in trucks and cars are clearly numbered.

    As COP26 heads to Scotland in 2021, hear from a panel reflecting views on how this soup of extraordinary ingredients can be used to create the perfect sauce for funding your business. There will be panelists from private and public sector funding sources encompassing crowd funding, debt, and equity along with practical dos and don’ts based on hard-won experience in getting challenging projects and innovative businesses funded. There will be ample opportunity to raise those all-important queries.

    Chair: Andrew Smith, Partner, GreenbackersTM Investment Capital

    ● David Richardson, Innovation Lead for Energy Systems, Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation
    ● Matthew Clayton, Managing Director, Thrive Renewables
    ● Veronica Noone, Senior Manager, Scottish Enterprise’s Low Carbon Transition Team
    ● Louise Wilson, Joint Managing Director (Projects), Abundance Investment
    ● Fraser Pritchard, Partner, Columbus Energy Partners

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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    Angus Widdowson, George Baxter, Penelope Carruthers, Robert Hokin, Stuart Lunn
    SPONSORED BY SmartestEnergy

    Over the last eight years, the UK's energy mix has changed drastically. SmartestEnergy's 2019 Energy Entrepreneurs Report revealed the capacity of independent renewable projects had increased by nearly 200% since 2012. Earlier this year we saw a record run of 67 days without coal, demonstrating just how much the UK energy system has transformed.

    Renewables are playing an ever more important role as we strive to meet net-zero targets by 2050. But how do we get to a future generation mix dominated by renewables?

    In this session, our speakers will explore and debate the commercial challenges for the independent generation sector. We'll also look at the political and regulatory landscape and discuss whether the sector is getting the support it needs to accelerate the deployment of renewable projects.

    Chair and speaker: Angus Widdowson, Head of Smart Generation Sales, SmartestEnergy

    ● George Baxter, Director of Development, GreenPower
    ● Penelope Carruthers, CEO & Founder, Carruthers Renewables
    ● Robert Hokin, Managing Partner, Greenbackers Investment Capital
    ● Stuart Lunn, Commercial Director, RES

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
  • 40GW solar deployment by 2030 Recorded: Jul 16 2020 93 mins
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    Solar is a powerful job creator and an inherently rapid technology to deploy, as well as one of the cheapest forms of power generation today. With the right policies, the solar industry can support the UK recovery by creating thousands of skilled jobs, adding billions in value, and delivering on Britain’s climate change ambitions. Join our panelists to find out how we can unleash the power of solar, including floating solar and virtual power plants (VPPs), as part of a green recovery.

    Any green stimulus package must unlock solar's recovery potential and support our industry's efforts to decarbonise and tackle climate change. The Solar Trade Association is calling on the government to commit to a target of 40GW solar deployment by 2030 and to work with industry to deliver this target by enacting the policies outlined in their Priorities for a Renewable Recovery Package.

    Chair: Chris Hewett, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association

    ● Chris Clark, Director Emtec Group and Chair STA (Scotland) (speaking on rooftop solar and STA Scotland)
    ● Christelle Barnes, Country Manager – UK, SolarEdge (speaking on VPPs - virtual power plants)
    ● Michael Moore, Development Manager UK & Ireland, Elgin Energy (speaking on large scale developments in UK and Ireland + pipeline)
    ● Michele Tagliapietra, Energy Storage & Solar Energy Consultant at DNV GL (speaking on floating solar)
    ● Hannah Staab who leads Natural Power’s European Advisory team

    Panel discussion and audience Q&A
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