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

  • Wednesday, 02 May 2018
  • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
  • Overview

"The move to cleaner economic growth – through low carbon technologies and the efficient use of resources – is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time." Industrial Strategy white paper, November 2017

The UK Government has set 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 Clean Growth Strategy has set the agenda for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the next decade detailing how over £2.5 billion will be invested by the government to support low carbon innovation up to 2021.

  • Estimated that the UK's clean economy could grow at four times the rate of GDP.
  • Clean Growth Strategy aims to make the UK one of the best places in the world to develop and sell clean technologies.
  • UK Government is investing £162m in innovation for low carbon industry.

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 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, 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 Agreement also sets a wider global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

The government has a key role to play in developing energy infrastructure, funding energy research and securing energy supplies. The Clean Growth Strategy outlines 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.

"We will maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth – through leading the world in the development, manufacture and use of low carbon technologies, systems and services that cost less than high carbon alternatives." Industrial Strategy white paper, November 2017

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 Strategy published in autumn 2017. 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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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:20

Chair’s Opening Address

  • George Day, Head of Markets, Policy & Regulation, Energy Systems Catapult (confirmed)
09:25
  • Tim Lord, Director of Clean Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (confirmed)
"Driving Clean Growth"

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.

09:45
"The UK Government’s New Approach To Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS)"

The UK Government set out its new approach to CCUS in October 2017 through its Clean Growth Strategy. This presentation will outline the key elements of the Government’s new approach and the commitments being progressed.

10:05
"Latest progress in the Norwegian CCS Project"

Norway is currently planning a full scale integrated value chain for CO2 capture, transportation and storage. We hope a political decision will be done in a few months.  When this full scale project is operational we will have an infrastructure able to receive CO2 not only from the involved Norwegian sources, but also from other emitters in Europe.

10:25
"DNV GL 2017 Energy Transition Outlook report and the opportunities it presents for the UK"
  • How will energy demand change?
  • How will energy supply change?
  • What are the opportunities?
10:45

Question and Answer Session

11:00

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:40

Case Study

  • Dan Sadler, H21 Programme Director, Northern Gas Networks (confirmed)
"H21 – North of England"

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.

11:55

Case Study

  • Mark Lewis, Low Carbon Consultant, Tees Valley Combined Authority (confirmed)
"Tees Valley"

Specific proposals for land assembly, infrastructure and joint venture delivery have formed the core of the Tees Valley Industrial Programme.

12:10

Case Study

"Kiwa - Hydrogen Services"

Kiwa Gastec are supporting industry, government and technology developers in a number of key infrastructure projects, with a focus on decarbonising the gas grid through the rollout of hydrogen and renewable energy technologies. As a Notified Body for many European Directives, we also provide type approval and certification for products across the renewable energy sector, spanning industrial applications to automotive components.

12:25

Panel Discussion

  • Bob Moran, Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport (confirmed)
  • Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (confirmed)
  • Jon Hunt, Manager Alternative Fuel, Toyota GB (confirmed)
"The future direction of travel"

In this session speakers will discuss the options available for decarbonisation in transport. How quick can the UK infrastructure and market change to support a low carbon future?

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?

13:10

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:10
  • Andy Lewis, Future Role of Gas Innovation Manager, Cadent Gas (confirmed)
"HyNet: Delivering Clean Growth for the North West"

HyNet is a hydrogen energy and carbon capture and storage project which can accelerate clean growth. It’s ambitious, but achievable. It can be delivered at low cost and would be a significant step towards meeting the UK’s climate change commitments. Crucially, it can create the UK’s first CCUS infrastructure at low cost, a vital technology to enable substantial decarbonisation in the future.

14:30

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director and Professor of the Thornton Energy Institute, University of Chester (confirmed)
  • Stephen Kerr, Project Director, Summit Power Caledonia Clean Energy Project (CCEP) (confirmed)
  • Sam Gomersall, Ideas Spark - Commercial Director, Pale Blue Dot (confirmed)
  • Luke Warren, Chief Executive, The Carbon Capture & Storage Association (confirmed)
"Next steps to decarbonisation of domestic heat"

An integrated decarbonised energy project is linking Manchester and Liverpool. Exploring how CCS can help reduce carbon emissions within energy intensive industries. Industries in focus will include power stations, steel, cement and petrochemicals.

15:10

Coffee in the Networking Area

15:30

Case Study

"Sustainable manufacturing and reduced environmental impact"

High-strength steels from SSAB increase customer productivity and reduce operating costs as well as environmental footprint. By 2045 SSAB will be the world’s first fossil free steel company.

15:50
"The Time for big steps on CCS is now and Teesside stands ready"
16:10

Panel Discussion

  • Jon Gibbins, Director, UK CCS Research Centre (confirmed)
  • John Scowcroft, Executive Adviser for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Global CCS Institute (confirmed)
  • Stefania Omassoli, Programmes & Innovation Director, Carbon Trust (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.

16:30

Question and Answer Session

16:45

Chair’s closing remarks and conference close

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  • Who did 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
  • Heads of Economic Development
  • Heads of Energy
  • Heads of Environment
  • Heads of Hydrogen
  • Heads of Transport
  • Heads of Sustainability
  • Heads of Sustainable Development
  • Heads of Public Health
  • Professors in the following areas: Energy, Climate Change, Fuel Cell Technology, Hydrogen, CCS
  • Policy Holders