All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 Webinar Series Review

All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 Webinar Series Review

26 webinars and counting!

Countless Insights on Delivering Net Zero

We created the All-Energy and Dcarbonise webinar series with one thing in mind: supporting the renewable and low carbon energy community during a time of unprecedented challenge. We launched the webinar series with four webinars on what would have been the original dates of the All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 event – the 13 and 14 May. We rapidly found the level of support and participation was outstanding.

Capitalising on that success, we now host monthly webinars on the hottest low carbon and renewables topics, including offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen, inclusive transition, community and local energy, solar energy and more. We ramped up the volume in November by holding the All-Energy & Dcarbonise Virtual Summit, which comprised eight webinars over three days, with stellar speakers including Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

Click below to view the full series overview and tune in to our sessions on-demand.

Offshore wind: Keeping our eye on the long term prize

Offshore wind: Keeping our eye on the long term prize

Speakers

Maf Smith
Maf Smith
Director, Lumen Energy & Environment

Maf Smith is the founding director of specialist consultancy Lumen Energy & Environment. He is an expert in energy transition, with a 20+ year leadership career in the renewable sector.

Between 2012 and 2019 Maf was the Deputy CEO of RenewableUK. In this time he was chief spokesperson, represented industry at all levels of Government, and managed the Association’s membership and commercial growth. Prior to this Maf worked in DECC on Electricity Market Reform, was Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission between 2006 and 2011, and CEO of Scottish Renewables between 2002 and 2006.

Jonathan Cole
Jonathan Cole
Managing Director, Iberdrola Global Offshore Wind Business

Jonathan is based in the UK and runs the Offshore Wind Business of Iberdrola Renewables (ScottishPower Renewables in the UK).

Under Jonathan’s leadership, Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business has grown from its inception in 2011 to a business with €6Bn under investment and more than 300 professional staff.

Jonathan is responsible for the development, construction and operation of a large international pipeline of projects, including 3,500MW of Projects off the East Anglian coast, >1,000MW of projects in Germany, 500MW in France and >5,000MW in the US.

Jonathan also sits as Chairman/Director of a number of industry bodies, including the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Programme Board, the Global Offshore Wind Health & Safety Organisation and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Industry Advisory Group. 

Mary Thorogood
Mary Thorogood
Senior Specialist, Strategy, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Mary leads MHI Vestas’ Government Relations and policy team, ensuring policy frameworks and the political environment work together to deliver sustainable, long term growth in offshore wind markets around the world.   Mary joined MHI Vestas from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers.  Mary has strong experience of the UK CfD and wider offshore wind space as it has evolved and grown, working with Government and wider stakeholders to ensure offshore wind delivers low cost power to UK businesses and communities.  Mary also played a key role with the UK industry and Government in delivering the Offshore Wind Sector Deal

Benj Sykes
Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore, Head of UK Market Development, Consenting & External Affairs, Orsted and Industry Chair, OWIC

Benj is Head of Market Development, Consenting and Public Affairs in the UK offshore wind business of Ørsted and is responsible for business growth, setting and delivering the company’s sustainability and environmental agendas, and managing Ørsted’s relationships across government, authorities and NGOs. 

He is Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council and led the work to agree a Sector Deal with  Government; he also serves on the Board of G+, providing Health and Safety leadership for the offshore wind sector.  He is a member of the government-appointed Advisory Panel on Highly Protected Marine Areas.

Benj previously worked in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Christina Horspool
Christina Horspool
Environment Division Manager, Xodus Group

As Environment Manager at Xodus Group, Christina Horspool is a proactive, innovative and inspiring business leader in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and sustainability. Christina’s experience across the energy sector, including offshore wind and oil and gas, as well as her technical background in atmospheric emissions, carbon accounting and carbon lifecycle, allows her to lead the 60-strong team of environmental and marine specialists across the UK.

The Xodus vision is that ‘together, we will deliver a responsible energy future’.  Christina is proactively reinforcing the company vision through her engagement across industry including various Oil and Gas UK forums around decarbonisation and energy transition; and through the Scottish Government-backed Future Industry Leaders Programme. Christina’s proactive approach to people development and innovation across the energy sector, as well as her underlying objective for sustainability and efficiency, has paved the way for a well-motivated, engaged, multi-skilled team of consultants all working to deliver clean energy alongside sustainable economic growth. Most recently, Christina has been a core part of Xodus Group’s aim to help the UK energy sector deliver beyond its net zero ambitions through innovative technologies, processes and techniques.

Christina sees offshore wind as a critical part of the UK’s response to climate change and is passionate about leveraging the cross-sector opportunities offered through the UK’s long track record in offshore energy and infrastructure projects; whether these be associated with offshore wind helping to decarbonise oil and gas activity, or helping supply chain or the workforce prepare for the next phase of major growth in offshore wind.

If you need any further information do give me a shout. My mobile is on my signature so feel free to give me a call on there.

Morris Bray
Morris Bray
Senior Business Development Manager, National Grid Ventures

Morris is a Senior Business Development Manager for National Grid Ventures, leading new HVDC developments between GB and other countries in the North Sea region. He has experience of HVDC interconnector project development, having led National Grid’s team in the development phase of the IFA2 interconnector between GB and France along with RTE, and advocates the transition to a North Sea grid through multi-purpose interconnectors that combine the benefits of connecting markets with benefits of providing offshore connections for offshore wind.  Morris is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Interconnection Targets.

Decarbonising the UK’s Industry: A Path to Net Zero

Decarbonising the UK’s Industry: A Path to Net Zero

Speakers

Emma Degg
Chief Executive
North West Business Leadership Team

Emma Degg is the Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team that brings together leaders of national and international businesses with substantial commitments and interests in the North West of England.  Emma has spent her career focussed upon bringing together business leaders and policy makers to make a tangible difference. She serves on the UK2070 independent House of Lords Commission led by Sir Bob Kerslake and is Board Member of Made Smarter and Net Zero North West and a Trustee of ‘We Mind the Gap’.

Dr Bryony Livesey
ISCF Director
Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

Bryony leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).  IDC is a £170m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK.

Bryony was previously Head of Technology at Costain, with responsibility for the identification and development of new technology. She was a member of BEIS’ CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, a Director of the CCSA (where she co-chaired the Technical Working Group) and chairs the Independent Advisory Panel for the UKCCSRC.

Prior to Costain, she was head of the R&D centre for Doosan Babcock, where she established their global R&D Centre, focussing on clean energy. Bryony previously worked for AEA Technology, leading technology and innovation in senior management roles both in the UK and internationally, including four years as President of a Joint Venture company in Tokyo.

Mike Smith
CEO
NECCUS

Mike Smith is the CEO of NECCUS, the Scottish alliance for Industrial Decarbonisation with a focus on Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen. NECCUS has over 50 participating organisations across industry, academia, and development agencies. NECCUS is facilitating the development of the industrial scale CCUS and Hydrogen projects in Scotland, through advocacy, engagement, communication, and education. Supporting an effective transition to Net Zero through the deployment of CCUS, the production and use of hydrogen, and promoting clean industrial growth zones across the UK.

Mike has extensive leadership experience in the Energy sector. He has recently held senior leadership roles at INEOS and Orsted, with exposure to Oil & Gas and the Renewable industry. During over 10 years at Orsted, one of the world’s leading green companies and largest offshore wind developers, he participated in the journey of that company from a coal-fired energy provider and oil & gas producer to a leader in onshore / offshore windfarms and bioenergy.

Shepherd and Wedderburn: Energy White Paper – review of key points

Shepherd and Wedderburn: Energy White Paper – review of key points

The UK Energy White Paper – A Review of Key points

Sponsored by Shepperd and Wedderburn

Presented by John Grady, Gordon Downie and Tom Swan

In our webinar “The UK Energy White Paper: A review of key points” on 17th February 2021, John Grady, Gordon Downie and Tom Swan delivered a discussion on the UK White Paper initiatives.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and hear what they had to say about the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero.

John Grady, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

John is a partner in the regulation and markets practice and has extensive experience across electricity, gas and water markets, developed both in private practice and in house at ScottishPower.

He has particular expertise in contractual and regulatory matters in the utility sectors. Since the late 1990s, John has advised on significant utility matters both in the UK and elsewhere, including interconnectors, trading arrangements reforms, the unification of Scottish and English electricity markets, (BETTA), Electricity Market Reform, the RIIO-ED1 CMA price control appeals and the introduction of competition into the water industry.

John advises on regulatory and commercial matters more widely including in respect of offshore wind and other projects. John advises more generally on competition law, including investigations under Competition Act 1998 by the CMA and Ofgem.

Gordon Downie, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Gordon is an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation. His practice has developed a particular emphasis on the role and functioning of markets in regulated sectors in the UK and overseas (such as the energy and water industries) and in connection with the provision of key public services. Gordon’s clients include regulatory bodies, regulated entities and other stakeholders (such as complaint-handling bodies).

Tom Swan, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Tom has a wide range of corporate, financial markets and investment experience, regularly advising on the structuring of complex and innovative transactions. He acts for banks, pension schemes and investment funds in a wide range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, investment management agreements, private fund and equity investments, secondary disposals, and derivatives and other financial market instruments. He also acts for on number of clients in the renewable energy and upstream oil and gas. His experience includes equity capital markets and public M&A transactions, and general advice to listed companies.

What will I learn about?

  • The White Paper’s proposals for significant acceleration towards net zero and covers carbon capture and storage, energy transition and distribution, heat, offshore wind and energy efficiency.
  • How it interacts with the policies of devolved administrations is a key topic of discussion, as is the pace of regulatory and legislative reform required.
  • How the 2030 targets can be achieved at a realistic cost to consumers is also a critical issue.

For an insight into their discussion, please download the below slides:

Gilkes Invest in Next Generation Machining Capability

Gilkes Invest in Next Generation Machining Capability

Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd. delivers innovative, single source solutions to the small hydropower and High horsepower engine markets and is delighted to showcase its latest investment in next-generation machining capability.

Hydropower turbine runners are traditionally cast and polished by hand: a laborious task taking hundreds of man hours. Recent years has seen Gilkes purchase these runners from specialist machine shops adding high precision and repeatability but at significant cost.

The challenge set by Rebecca Sandham, Gilkes’ Head of Operations, was to install the capacity to fully machine a hydropower turbine runner from a solid billet of material.

With an overall project investment of £1.3million, approved by the Board of Gilkes, Mazak installed & commissioned an INTEGREX E-1250V/8S 5-axis machine tool in early March 2020 with the project team wholly committed to delivering a fully machined Pelton runner to a Hydro scheme by January 2021. Partnering with Mazak, Brown & Holmes, Nikken, Iscar, SolidCAM and VERICUT the team encountered many challenges along the way, the greatest of these being to have the ability to completely machine the runner without the need to finish off hard to reach elements with sub-contract spark erosion. With Mazak’s innovative technology, Brown and Holmes workholding, Nikken and Iscar tooling skills and Gilkes’ production engineering talent supported by SolidCAM and VERICUT, the team met this challenge with a solution that saves the need for sub-contract spark erosion reducing lead times and cost.

As well as onshoring a complex and high value component back to the UK, the project also moved the Gilkes team into new areas of expertise including 3D scanning, laser measurement, tool optimisation & real-time sensing.

The addition of a 5-axis machine tool strengthens Gilkes current in-house machining capability, significantly increasing productivity levels and enabling Gilkes to continue to be highly competitive in the global market.

Rebecca Sandham summarised this success. “This new machining addition fully complements Gilkes’ manufacturing strategy and helps nurture our engineering skills, capabilities and knowledge. The entire project team has worked tirelessly to deliver this project. Their enthusiasm, talent & determination has inspired many young engineers on our shop floor.”

Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd is a privately owned, internationally established manufacturing business based in the UK, employing around 200 people. Specialists in Hydropower & Pumping Systems since 1856, Gilkes now export to over 85 Countries around the world. The company have supplied over 6800 hydroelectric turbines worldwide, and supply engine cooling pumps to the worlds blue chip engine manufacturers, including Caterpillar, Cummins & GE Transportation.

The UK Energy White Paper: A review of key points

The UK Energy White Paper: A review of key points

Speakers

Chair – John Grady
Partner
Shepherd and Wedderburn

John is a partner in the regulation and markets practice and has extensive experience across electricity, gas and water markets, developed both in private practice and in house at ScottishPower.

He has particular expertise in contractual and regulatory matters in the utility sectors. Since the late 1990s, John has advised on significant utility matters both in the UK and elsewhere, including interconnectors, trading arrangements reforms, the unification of Scottish and English electricity markets, (BETTA), Electricity Market Reform, the RIIO-ED1 CMA price control appeals and the introduction of competition into the water industry.

John advises on regulatory and commercial matters more widely including in respect of offshore wind and other projects. John advises more generally on competition law, including investigations under Competition Act 1998 by the CMA and Ofgem.

Download John’s presentation here.

Gordon Downie
Partner
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Gordon is an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation. His practice has developed a particular emphasis on the role and functioning of markets in regulated sectors in the UK and overseas (such as the energy and water industries) and in connection with the provision of key public services. Gordon’s clients include regulatory bodies, regulated entities and other stakeholders (such as complaint-handling bodies).

Download Gordon’s presentation here.

Tom Swan
Partner
Shepherd and Weddernburn

Tom has a wide range of corporate, financial markets and investment experience, regularly advising on the structuring of complex and innovative transactions. He acts for banks, pension schemes and investment funds in a wide range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, investment management agreements, private fund and equity investments, secondary disposals, and derivatives and other financial market instruments. He also acts for on number of clients in the renewable energy and upstream oil and gas. His experience includes equity capital markets and public M&A transactions, and general advice to listed companies.

Download Tom’s presentation here.

Review of The UK Energy White Paper: The next All-Energy/Dcarbonise Webinar

Review of The UK Energy White Paper: The next All-Energy/Dcarbonise Webinar

17th February 2021: Review of the UK Energy White Paper with Shepherd and Wedderburn

Note: this webinar has now taken place and is available to watch on demand here.

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release: 10 February 2021

The Energy White Paper builds on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and contemplates the most radical set of changes to the UK energy system since privatisation. It sets out proposals for significant acceleration towards net zero and covers carbon capture and storage, energy transition and distribution, heat, offshore wind, and energy efficiency.

What does it mean for your organisation, your interests? You can find out on Wednesday 17 February at 14:00 when John Grady, Gordon Downie and Tom Swan all Partners at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, All-Energy’s Headline Sponsor, review a wide range of key points in a highly topical webinar and will then enjoy fielding audience questions.

“Amongst these key points being dissected by the panel will be how it interacts with the polices of devolved administrations, a key topic of discussion; as is the pace of regulatory and legislative reform required,” explains All-Energy/Dcarbonise Portfolio and Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “How the 2030 targets can be achieved at a realistic cost to consumers is also a critical issue – it is going to be a highly revealing afternoon!

“We are grateful to Shepherd and Wedderburn for bringing such an interesting insight to our webinar programme and for their ongoing support for All-Energy.”

This is the 28th webinar in the All-Energy/Dcarbonise webinar series.

Registration is open at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/ which is where the previous 27 are all available for ‘on-demand’ viewing, together with a report on the 26 that were held in 2020. To date more than 17,550 ‘views’ have been recorded.

Full information on All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference and the co-located Dcarbonise, to be held 18 and 19 August 2021 at SEC Glasgow, is at www.all-energy.co.uk

ENDS

Caption: Jonathan Heastie, Portfolio and Event Director, Reed Exhibitions

Notes to Editors:

All-Energy, the history: The 2021 show (18-19 August, SEC Glasgow) will be the 20th edition of All-Energy. The UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference has been held annually since 2001; the first co-located Dcarbonise was held in 2019 embracing low carbon heat, energy efficiency and low carbon transport (the latter via the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream). The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

The 2019 event attracted a total of 7,871 attendees, over the two days and included some 250 exhibiting companies and over 600 speakers.

In the absence of the ‘live’ event, a series of webinars was launched in May 2020. They have attracted close on 16,200 registrations and people continue to watch them on demand, so far, they have been viewed ‘live’ or ‘on-demand’ over 17,550 times. All are available on-demand at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/

Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy/Dcarbonise 2021 media partner: please contact Tina Abulashvili tina.abulashvili@reedexpo.co.uk

Further press information is available from: Judith Patten @ JPPR – judithpatten@JPPR.uk.com from whom a wide selection of hi-res jpegs is also available encompassing busy aisles; conference line-ups and busy halls; people checking out equipment and/or having meaningful conversations; Ministers doing tours and looking at everything from a hydrogen powered bus to visiting the new Dcarbonise exhibition

Eliminating coal needs to be a global priority, according to IEA Head

Eliminating coal needs to be a global priority, according to IEA Head

It’s time to take action and kick our coal habit, according to IEA Head

The head of the world’s energy watchdog has said that eliminating our dependence on coal needs to be a priority before we can achieve our green recovery.

Fatih Birol, energy economist and executive director of International Energy Agency (IEA) says:

“Our data indicates a strong rebound in China’s emissions in the second half of 2020. From April onward, monthly emissions in China surpassed the levels of 2019. If this strong trend is confirmed through December, Chinese emissions for the whole of 2020 may well catch up with the 2019 level, despite the sharp decline in the first quarter of 2020.”

This is off the back of China having approved new coal-fired energy generation in the first half of last year. According to the Centre for Research on Clean Air, China is the world’s biggest emitter of emissions from coal.

Joe Biden to make $2 trillion investment into renewables

Day one of Biden’s time in office has seen him making a bold step in the right direction, by re-joining the Paris agreement. In his first 100 days in office, Biden has pledged to bring together the leaders of major greenhouse gas-emitting nations in a climate world summit. He hopes to persuade them to join the US in making ambitious targets and pledges, above and beyond the initial commitments they have already agreed to.

The launch of Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ plan sees him stepping up national efforts to create jobs that will enable a sustainable, clean energy future. It’s expected that he will make a $2 trillion accelerated investment over the course of his first term, some of which will go towards driving innovation and cost reductions in critical clean energy technologies, including renewable hydrogen.

Elon Musk to Award $100 Million for Best Carbon Capture Technology

Elon Musk to Award $100 Million for Best Carbon Capture Technology

Elon Musk to Give Away $100 Million for “Best Carbon Capture Tech”

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, has announced on Twitter that he plans to give away $100 million as a prize to the best carbon capture technology. The tweet has gained over 500K likes, with the CEO subsequently adding that more information will be provided next week.

As yet, the terms and conditions, including what types of technology and how the contest will work are unclear. Mr Musk stated that “we may need something that’s ultra-large-scale industrial in 10-20 years. For now, by far the top priority is accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy economy.”

Cross-Channel Power-Link Opens

A subsea cable between the UK and France is now in action, importing enough electricity to power 1m British homes. This is the second interconnector linking the two nations, stretching 149 miles along the seafloor.

The interconnector, known as IFA2, is expected to meet about 1.2% of Britain’s electricity demand and help to reduce the use of fossil fuels by importing electricity generated by France’s nuclear power plants.

Schneider Electric Become World’s Most Sustainable Company

Scheider Electric, a Paris-based tech company, has climbed the Global 100 index effectively ousting Ørsted, Danish windpower giant. The company offer technology and energy solutions to brands such as Walmart, Marriott and ArcelorMittal, helping them to achieve their climate targets.

“The core of our strategy is to build a sustainable business and company. Customers, employees, partners and investors have never been more focused on ESG considerations than they are now. Schneider has long embraced those issues, and we keep raising the bar for ourselves, and for our customers and partners,” says Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“When we introduced our first sustainability barometer in 2005, we were an early adopter of ESG matters. But ESG commitments cannot just be a one-off, and we have reinforced ours every three years. All of us – companies, governments, individuals – can contribute to make the world greener and more inclusive. Our new commitments define the next steps of our contribution.”

Alok Sharma said to be “Furious” at Approval of First New Deep Coalmine in Decades

Alok Sharma, the governments newly appointed COP26 President, is said to be furious with Robert Jenrick, the communities’ secretary, for not stopping the approval of the new mine in Cumbria. Jenrick previously refused to intervene, deciding not to use his powers to call in the scheme and block its progress.

Green groups have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arguing that the mine undercuts his promise to lead the nation away from coal. The planning permission to dig for coking coal in Cumbria was approved by councillors and has since come under fire, being labelled as a ‘double standard’ that risks undermining climate talks.

Valts Grintals: Domestic Flexibility and Data

Valts Grintals: Domestic Flexibility and Data

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst at Kaluza delivered a discussion on domestic flexibility and data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Valts had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst, Kaluza

Valts has over six years’ experience in the UK and European energy storage and flexibility space. After completing an MSc in Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation from Heriot-Watt University, Valts worked as a consultant, assisting a range of energy suppliers, OEMs, network operators and entech start-ups to maximise the value of flexibility for their operations.

Valts then joined Kaluza as Flexibility Analyst in 2018.Driving the transition to a smart, zero-carbon grid, the Kaluza platform securely connects and optimises millions of connected devices, including electric vehicles, heating systems, and home energy storage devices. As Senior Flexibility Analyst, Valts works with energy traders, energy suppliers and network operators to understand and resolve grid challenges with flexibility, helping to shape the future of energy.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For an insight into Valts’ discussion, please download the below slides:

Matt Hastings: Modernising Energy Data Strategy

Matt Hastings: Modernising Energy Data Strategy

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Matt Hastings, Head of Innovation at Innovate UK delivered a discussion on the vision for modern, digitalised energy data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Matt had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

Matt Hastings, Head of Innovation, Innovate UK

Matt Hastings has been developing and delivering disruptive change programmes across energy and utilities for the last 15 years.
He’s currently working at Innovate UK as Energy Systems Innovation Lead working on the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is focused on delivering the Modernising Energy Data Access competition and working with investors to solve energy systems investment challenges.

Prior to Innovate Matt spent 5 years at Centrica where he was the Business Visionary and Programme Director of the multi award winning Cornwall Local Energy Market, a £19m trial of the world’s first Local Energy Market (winner of Smart Grid of the Year at the REA Awards, Innovation of the Year in the Business Green awards and the Smart System of the Year award at the Solar and Storage awards).
Prior to Centrica Matt led on energy at the Eden Project reducing emissions and costs by 25%, setting up the UK’s first staff owned PV installation (Solarfair) and the first collective switching project in the UK, Cornwall/UK Together.

In his early career he set up several start ups and worked in the Video Games industry. He studied Renewable Energy in 2005 and was ESTA Energy Manager of the Year 2012

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For an insight into Matt’s discussion, please download the below slides:

Laura Sandys: Former Chair of the Energy Data Taskforce

Laura Sandys: Former Chair of the Energy Data Taskforce

Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero

Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation

In our webinar “Harnessing the power of energy data: accelerating to net-zero” on 14th January 2021, Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN & Energy Systems Catapult delivered a discussion on the vision for modern, digitalised energy data.

You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Laura had to say about using energy data in the drive towards net-zero.

Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN & Energy System Catapult

Laura is currently a Senior Independent Director at SGN Ltd; Chair of the Government’s Energy Data Taskforce; Chair of the Food Foundation; and Co-Chair of the IPPR Environment and Justice Commission. She runs the Reshaping Regulation Programme with Imperial College and Energy Systems Catapult and was a member of Government’s Cost of Energy Review chaired by Prof Dieter Helm.

She is an advocate of the low carbon economy, promoter of increasing demand reduction policies and innovator in food systems policies.

Laura is a former chair of the European Movement UK and former Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for South Thanet between 2010 and 2015. Before Parliament, Laura founded and sold two companies advising energy and regulated businesses. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to UK energy policy as chair of the Energy Data Taskforce.

What will I learn about?

  • How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry?
  • What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services?
  • How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks?
  • And more

For an insight into Laura’s discussion, please download the below slides: