To deliver net zero by 2050, with expected growth, we must completely replace the world’s energy system of today with something twice the size and greenhouse gas-free during the next 30 years. Energy numbers are big. Mega and Giga will not be enough. We must get to Tera and fast, we have less than 1 billion seconds to do it.
Our panel members are each grappling with how to deliver clean energy on that scale in power, heat, transport, or all three.
Chair: Matthew Knight, Head of Business Development, Gas and Power, Siemens Energy (who will also talk about Power and about hydrogen as a clean alternative to fossil fuels)
● Charlotte Owen, Policy Manager, The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and a member of District Heating Divas
● Graeme Cooper, Project Director, Transport Decarbonisation, National Grid
● Dame Julia King, The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE FREng FRS
Panel discussion and audience Q&A
Matthew Knight is Head of Business Development for Siemens Energy* in the UK, where he spends his time making sense of the energy transition.
Matthew is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the IET Energy Policy Panel. He is on the Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage Taskforce and Hydrogen Expert Group. Matthew has a background in electricity grid projects and offshore wind farms.
Matthew is passionate about customers, safety, collaboration and being a human being at work. He likes telling stories and is curious about the way culture drives human behaviour and especially energy politics.
As the ADE’s lead on heat policy, Charlotte works with government and industry to identify policy solutions for local and national heat decarbonisation. At the moment, Charlotte is drafting a framework for heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency through zoning, looking at interactions with planning policy and local authority powers. She also leads on the Association’s engagement on energy policy in Scotland.
Charlotte primarily focuses on heat networks policy, and has worked with government and industry to shape the forthcoming regulatory frameworks for heat networks in Westminster and Scotland. Charlotte also sits on the Heat Trust Committee. Prior to joining the ADE, Charlotte worked in public affairs and engagement in the property sector.
Graeme leads National Grid’s work on transport decarbonisation. His work helps the Government, the energy and transport industry’s transition towards zero emission vehicles. With over a decade in communications infrastructure and over a decade in low/zero carbon electricity, Graeme is a well-known and highly respected energy industry expert.
Graeme is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BSc 1997) and Bi Norwegian Business School (MBA Energy 2016). Graeme takes his decarbonisation work home with him as he drives a PHEV and BEV and heats his home using ground source heat pumps. https://www.linkedin.com/in/graemecooper/
Baroness Brown is an engineer. An academic career at Cambridge University led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc. Returning to academia as Principal of Engineering at Imperial College, she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 – 2016.
Her current interests include climate change mitigation and the low carbon economy. She serves as: Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change; non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy. She was non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank, led the King Review on decarbonising transport (2008), and is the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.