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Energy in Conversation is a plain-speaking, thought-provoking look into our energy future, through the eyes of the people leading the way. Season 2 explores the views and hopes of young energy professionals from around the world, as part of the EI's Generation 2050 initiative. From the future of the electricity grid, to low-carbon finance, to the development of new energy technologies like carbon capture and storage, our guests chat about the biggest changes and challenges facing the sector.

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Season 2 of Energy in Conversation is here! Featuring young energy professionals from around the world as part of the EI’s Generation 2050 initiative.

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S2 Ep.5: Clean cooking – tackling the silent tsunami

Published: 15 September 2021

About 3 billion people globally depend on open fires or inefficient stoves and fuels to cook their food. This has serious impacts on our climate and environment, as well as health and livelihoods, especially for women and children. The World Health Organization estimates that around four million extra deaths per year result from this indoor air pollution, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. In this episode, Dr Kandeh Yumkella (former Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All) speaks with Amey Bansod (iDE Cambodia) and Rebecca Wentworth (BURN Manufacturing) about advancing this important, and often silent, aspect of access to energy.

Our guests this week

  • Dr Kandeh Yumkella

    Hosted by
    Dr Kandeh Yumkella
    Former Director General
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

  • Rebecca Wentworth

    Rebecca Wentworth
    Special Projects Director
    BURN Manufacturing

  • Amey Bansod

    Amey Bansod
    Design Strategist
    iDE Innovation Lab

S2 Ep.4: Financing the Low Carbon Transition

Published: 25 May 2021

The world’s commitment to hold global temperature increases to well below 2°C will require significant changes to large-scale infrastructure. New assets require planning and financing, and investors are looking for guarantees that their investments will be rewarded. Global investment in the low-carbon energy transition reached $500 billion in 2020 (BNEF), but we need to go further and faster to reach targets. Where will all this money come from? In this episode of Energy in Conversation, Energy Institute Fellow Lawrence Slade (GIIA) chats to Falco van Wissen (Neptune Energy) and Anne Munaretto (EY) about the future of green finance.

Our guests this week

  • Lawrence Slade FEI

    Hosted by
    Lawrence Slade FEI
    Global Infrastructure Investor Association

  • Falco van Wissen

    Falco van Wissen
    Head of Asset Management & BD
    Neptune Energy

  • Anne Munaretto

    Anne Munaretto
    Senior Manager, Sustainability Services

S2 Ep.3: Unlocking the Grid

Published: 10 March 2021

Clean electricity is crucial for achieving a sustainable, low-carbon energy system. We already use it to charge our phones and light our homes – but we are also set to use it to decarbonise other sectors like heat and transport. Great progress has been made in adding low-carbon energy sources like wind and solar to the grid – however, the variability of renewables means that careful grid management is more important than ever. In this episode, President of the Energy Institute Steve Holliday joins Maria Carmona (Vattenfall) and Ariana de Almeida (IBM) to discuss the future of electricity grids. They conversation covers how mature grid systems currently work, the new energy sources and technologies that are changing how things will operate, and what this means for energy consumers going forward.

Our guests this week

S2 Ep.2: Making CCUS a Reality

Published: 10 February 2021

In their landmark Net Zero report, the UK’s Climate Change Committee states that carbon capture and storage (CCS) “is a necessity, not an option” for reaching net-zero emissions. Despite growing global consensus of its importance, there are only a limited number of pilot projects operating today. In this episode, we join Aleida Rios (BP) as she chats with Dr Jeni Reeve (Drax) and Charlie Garner (CCSA) about how CCS works, the policy interventions and financial investments required to develop it, and the opportunities for Generation 2050 in this growing sector.

Our guests this week

  • Aleida Rios

    Hosted by
    Aleida Rios CEng FEI
    Senior Vice President of Engineering

  • Jeni Reeve

    Dr Jeni Reeve
    Project Engineer (BECCS)
    Drax Group

  • Charlie Garner

    Charlie Garner
    Policy Officer
    The Carbon Capture & Storage Association

S2 Ep.1: Career with a Conscience

Published: 26 January 2021

To kick off our new season, the Energy Institute’s Chief Executive Louise Kingham chats with two talented young professionals to explore their motivations as they progress in the energy industry. Mervin Azeta (Schlumberger), and David Davidson (Ørsted) consider what it means to have a ‘career with a conscience’ in an industry often criticised for shirking its responsibilities to the planet. They discuss the challenges faced by women working in a sector still dominated by men, how we can address the dual challenges of energy access and the climate emergency, and whether a career in oil and gas can be reconciled with our climate goals.

Our guests this week

  • Louise Kingham

    Hosted by
    Louise Kingham
    Energy Institute

  • Mervin Azeta

    Mervin Azeta
    Product & Service Delivery Manager

  • David Davidson

    David Davidson
    Wind Turbine Engineer

S1 Ep.6: Raising energy access and lowering emissions

Published: 18 February 2020

Those with the least income are spending the most on energy, and will be the worst affected by climate change. In the final episode of its first season, Energy in Conversation is taking on two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which are inextricably linked: SDG 7, affordable and clean energy, and SDG 13, climate action. Our guests, Malcolm Brinded and Anshul Patel, discuss how to help those 840 million people with no electricity and 3 billion cooking with dirty inefficient fuels, without driving up climate warming emissions.

Our guests this week

  • Malcolm Brinded

    Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI
    Past President, Energy Institute and
    Trustee, Shell Foundation

  • Anshul Patel

    Anshul Patel
    Chief Commercial Officer

S1 Ep.5: Oil and gas in a net zero world

Published: 4 February 2020

In a world banishing greenhouse gas emissions, all parts of the global economy will have to adapt. This episode asks an existential question for the energy sector: what will today’s oil and gas companies look like in the net zero world of 2050? EI Chief Executive Louise Kingham hosts a conversation between Maarten Wetselaar and Bob Ward. They may not agree on everything, but one thing is for certain: to succeed in the future, companies must show leadership now.

Our guests this week

  • Louise Kingham

    Hosted by
    Louise Kingham OBE FEI
    Chief Executive
    Energy Institute

  • Bob Ward

    Bob Ward
    Policy and Communications Director
    Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

  • Maarten Wetselaar

    Maarten Wetselaar
    Integrated Gas and New Energies Director
    Royal Dutch Shell

S1 Ep.4: Nuclear power in the balance

Published: 21 January 2020

You may think low carbon power generation is a recent innovation. On this episode, we consider a source of electricity which has been providing zero-carbon power for decades – nuclear power. Our first guest, Kirsty Gogan considers how nuclear stacks up in today’s electricity mix when it comes to reliability, public opinion, and cost. Then, Paul Stein tells us how that could all change with an innovative new way of building nuclear power stations – small modular reactors. This is not your grandfather’s technology – but can SMRs compete with the falling price of and rising popularity of renewables?

Our guests this week

S1 Ep.3: The heat equation

Published: 10 December 2019

Our latest episode explores the routes to decarbonising domestic heat. Hear from expert guests, Dr Tim Rotheray and Adam Madgett, about the need to balance both sides of the heating equation - energy efficiency and clean heating sources. We focus on the options for keeping warm without harming the planet, from electricity to heat networks to green gasses. 83% of UK homes have gas-fired boilers today, but what will the future of heating look like?

Our guests this week

  • Dr Tim Rotheray

    Dr Tim Rotheray
    Former Director
    Association for Decentralised Energy

  • Adam Madgett

    Adam Madgett
    HyDeploy Project Manager
    Northern Gas Networks

S1 Ep.2: Energy's digital upgrade

Published: 26 November 2019

This week we focus on the UK's digital energy switchover - like TV and banking, retail energy is getting a 21st-century upgrade. But 1 in 10 UK adults are not internet users, and the same proportion are in fuel poverty. Can a digital energy future close this gap, rather than widen it? From smart kettles to vehicle-to-grid charging, and everything in between, our guests paint their vision for the future and consider how to take everyone along, including and especially vulnerable consumers.

Our guests this week

S1 Ep.1: Food waste? Not cool

Published: 12 November 2019

Our first episode takes place at the intersection of food and energy - two systems which are central to human wellbeing and climate change. Getting food from farm to table is taking a toll on the environment, and 1/3 of all food produced never gets eaten. While the story differs between emerging and advanced economies, energy is at the heart of the challenge wherever we are in the world. Our guests walk us through food's journey, from how it's kept cold to how it's sold, and ask us to rethink society's biggest questions: how can we feed the world without destroying the planet?

Our guests this week

  • Toby Peters

    Professor Toby Peters
    University of Birmingham and Heriot-Watt University

  • Laura Sandys

    Laura Sandys FEI
    Challenging Ideas and Trustee, The Food Foundation

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