How do we reach net zero? Industry luminaries will provide their far-ranging views on this all-important topic. They will undoubtedly touch on the effect of COVID-19 on immediate plans, COP 26 aims and steps to be taken that show real progress before the summit is held; recommendations to governments; economic impact; and the view of citizens of the UK including those of young people
Introduced by Judith Patten MBE, Project Director, All-Energy and Dcarbonise, and co-creator of All-Energy.
● Chris Stark, CEO, Committee on Climate Change
● Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower
● Professor Karen Turner, Director, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde and a Just Transition Commissioner with a presentation – ‘Ensuring prosperity in the race to Net Zero: the challenge of balancing industrial decarbonisation and the ‘Just Transition’’
● Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre; Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK, the national citizens’ assembly on climate change
Judith will be introducing the session. She co-created All-Energy at the start of the century (the first show was held in Aberdeen in 2001) taking on every role imaginable. She is now responsible for creating the conference; PR (she has over half a century of PR activity under her belt); and as an Ambassador for the show. She was awarded MBE in 2014 for ‘services to renewable energy’; won the Scottish Green Energy ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award in 2012; and is a Fellow of the Society for Underwater Technology.
Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the public body tasked by the Climate Change Act to be the independent authority on tackling climate change. Chris leads a team of analysts and specialists, offering expert insight into the challenges of reducing UK emissions and adapting to the changing climate.
Chris led the CCC’s work in 2019 to recommend a new ‘Net Zero’ target for the UK – now brought into law. He speaks regularly on the transition to a zero carbon economy and the need to confront climate change with urgency.
Chris has wide experience in government. He has designed economic policy in Whitehall, including in HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was previously Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of the Scottish energy and climate strategies.
Keith is Chief Executive Officer for ScottishPower and he also sits on the ScottishPower Board, where he was appointed in February 2012.
Keith has full responsibility for the Company’s activities in the UK including the £5.3bn investment plan to 2022 designed to strengthen the position of the Company as the Utility of the Future.
Prior to joining ScottishPower, Keith had worked with some major financial institutions including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life, as well as working as a management consultant with Ernst & Young.
Karen is Director of Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde. She has previously held academic posts in the Economics Departments at Heriot-Watt, Stirling and Strathclyde Universities. The main focus of her current research is considering the wider economic, political and societal value proposition for a range of low carbon energy solutions, including energy efficiency, electric vehicles, industrial decarbonisation and CCUS. Karen is currently a member of the Scottish Just Transition Commission and was a member of the committee delivering the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s inquiry on Scotland’s Energy Future.
Rebecca Willis is a researcher with twenty years’ experience in environment and sustainability policy and practice, at international, national and local level. She is a Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre, and an Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK, the national Citizens’ Assembly commissioned by Parliament. In 2009 Rebecca founded Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative to support Members of the UK Parliament, and still supports Green Alliance’s work in this area. Previously, she was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the UKRI Energy Programme, Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council, vice-chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and Director of Green Alliance.