Energy Policy Debate: The first 100 days of a new Government and its energy policy

Conference
  • London and Home Counties
  • CMS Cameron McKenna, 78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6HL
  • 21-04-2020
    /
    21-04-2020
  • 10:30 - 13:00
  • Member - 36.50
    Company member - 57.50
    Non-Member - 99.00
    + VAT
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At this Energy Policy Debate, expert speakers will discuss key progress/decisions made in energy by the Government so far.

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In December 2019, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won an impressive 80 seat majority, leaving the new UK Government free to pursue their agenda with very little opposition. How will this result affect the energy industry and energy policy in the UK? At this Energy Policy Debate, an expert panel will discuss the new Government’s first 100 days in office, and what this could mean for the next five years.

Under Theresa May’s premiership, the UK became the first major economy to enshrine in law a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050[1]. Will the new Government remain committed to this target? Other pledges in the Conservative manifesto[2] include £800 million to develop an industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) cluster by the mid-2020s, £640 million for tree planting and plans for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

In light of hosting COP26 at the end of 2020, decisions will need to be taken about the UK’s role on the international stage in tackling climate change. Finally, a major challenge for the new Government will be handling the Brexit process, with the post-Brexit transition period set to end by 31st December 2020. How leaving the EU impacts on the energy industry, environmental regulations and the UK’s energy security remains to be seen.

1 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law
2 https://www.carbonbrief.org/election-2019-what-the-manifestos-say-on-energy-and-climate-change

Speakers include:

  • Michael Pollitt, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge
  • Audrey Gallacher, Interim CEO, Energy UK

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