EI LIVE | Energy Efficiency: The Road to Net Zero

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  • 16-09-2020
  • Non-Member - £150.00 + VAT
    Company member - £99.00 + VAT
    Member - £99.00 + VAT

Discover the latest approaches and strategies in energy efficiency that can help the UK reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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16 - 17 September 2020

Please note that registration closes at 17:00 on 15 September 2020

If you are a company member, please download the booking form to book your place - members and non-members can book online.

Energy efficiency, also known as the 'first fuel', is crucial for; lowering operational costs, complying with legislation, meeting consumer demand for high environmental standards, and most importantly reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Its importance is highlighted by these facts:

  • 40% of the emissions abatement required by the Paris Agreement could be delivered by energy efficiency [International Energy Agency]
  • 20% of large business energy bills can be saved as a result of improved energy efficiency. This translates into an annual saving of £360,000 on the average £1.8 million fuel bill across these businesses. [Carbon Trust]
  • UK energy professionals in all sectors rank energy efficiency as the number one measure for meeting emissions targets. [Energy Institute (EI) Energy Barometer]

The UK's commitment to reaching net zero by 2050 is essential but ambitious, as clarity is needed for how we can accelerate down this road, and what this means for practicing energy efficiency. This conference will explore the approaches and strategies that leading energy practitioners are adopting to enable cost-effective energy savings and rapid emissions reductions - ensure your organisation isn't left behind by joining us online.

Who should attend:

Energy professionals from the following sectors:

  • End users, including those in manufacturing, heavy industry, retail, tourism, and housing
  • Energy generating companies
  • Service providers
  • Consultants
  • Technology solutions providers
  • Utilities
  • Those working in transport or with a fleet of vehicles to maintain
  • Regulators
  • Government


16 September 2020

10:00 Welcome from the chair
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC
The journey to net zero

Setting the scene: Lessons of the past decade and first steps on the road to net zero
Esin Serin, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

Insights into the EI's Energy Barometer:

  • What are the greatest success stories and missed opportunities in UK energy over the past decade?
  • What is the outlook on meeting emissions targets?
  • Energy efficiency as a first step on the road to net zero

The pathway to net zero
Ben Golding, Director, Energy Efficiency and Local, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

  • Understanding the methodologies behind science-based targets
  • How did 'net zero' come about and what does it actually mean?
  • What are the first steps for meeting the net zero target by 2050:
    • For the public sector?
    • For the private sector?
  • What does the transition to net zero look like at an individual company level?
    • What are the internal challenges?
    • What are the conversations held at board level?
    • What are the commonly explored pathways (e.g. efficiency improvements, carbon offsets)?
    • How can we seek to improve our energy system?
  • How will Covid-19 likely impact the pathway to net zero?

Net zero: cost or opportunity
Murray Birt, Senior ESG Strategist, DWS

  • Will this be a financial cost or benefit to organisations in the short and long term?
  • What is the practical cost of adopting low-carbon technologies?
  • What is the role of efficiency in this, and how does its cost compare to other measures?
  • What finance options are available? What does energy efficiency mean for capital investments? How does this impact liability on the balance sheet?
  • Covid-19: How will this impact finance availability and competition for funding on projects?

A case study on Pledge to Net Zero
Dr Gareth Veal CEng MEI Chartered Energy Engineer Chartered Energy Manager, Expert Consultant and EI Trainer

  • The guide to setting a science-based target
  • How can we showcase our commitment to tackling climate and environmental emergency?
  • Which organisations have already made the pledge to net zero?
  • What commitments do organisations have to make and present?

Voting poll and Q&A
Improving energy efficiency and tools for energy reporting

Energy data and its role in driving energy efficiency
Sonia Van Ballaert, Global Client Director, IBM Global Markets

  • How are energy managers currently capitalising on energy efficiency data?
  • How can energy managers better capitalise on energy efficiency data on the road to net zero? What are the opportunities and challenges with regards to?
  • Where do we need common industry standards for energy efficiency data?
  • Based on experiences in other areas of energy or sectors, what are the design principles of a code of conduct that can ensure data security and consumer trust?

Reshaping energy regulation, auditing, and reporting: what does the future look like for energy managers?
Alex Pitman, Carbon and Energy Performance Manager, Co-op Power

  • Exploring existing regulations: What effects are ESOS, Building Regulation 2020 and SECR having on the decarbonisation of businesses?
  • ISO 50001 and its role in delivering effective energy management systems
  • Case study: LED lighting - the role of legislation in driving efficient technology uptake
    • What has worked?
    • How can the lessons learned be applied to future regulation and policies?
  • An update on standards that are currently under development or being revised
  • What new policies might government put forward to meet the net zero target?

Voting poll and Q&A

Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC

Welcome back from the chair
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC

Reducing emissions and costs: focus on energy storage
Chris Buckland, Technical Director, Lightsource BP
Cian McLeavey-Reville, Innovation Manager, National Grid ESO
Richard Whitmore, Senior Lead Specialist, Energy Storage, Offshore, Ørsted UK

  • What is the role of energy storage in today's and tomorrow's energy system?
  • How can organisations integrate storage into their energy strategy (e.g. coupling with onsite renewable generation, participating in DSR)?
  • Who are the main players in energy storage technologies?
  • What are the barriers to further development and deployment?
  • What more can be done to enable short- and medium-term development and deployment of storage at all levels?

Voting poll and Q&A
Behaviour change and energy use

Achieving energy efficiency through behaviour change: what will it take?
Moira Nicolson, Senior Behavioural Insights Manager, Ofgem

  • Changing energy behaviours - what has worked so far?
  • Understanding the science behind assessing behaviour change in order to develop a robust delivery plan
  • What are the barriers to success and how can we overcome these barriers?
  • Strategies and innovative approaches for promoting behaviour that support efficient energy use

Implementing a stakeholder engagement strategy
Kiro Tamer, Group Energy Manager, Keltbray

Voting poll and Q&A

14:45 Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC

17 September 2020

10:00 Welcome from the chair
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC
The role of energy efficiency in decarbonising heat

The role of energy efficiency in decarbonising heat
Dr Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Leeds City Council
Andy Griffiths CEnv CEng, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestlé UK
Anthony Hatfield, Senior Energy Manager, Group Business Services, Group Property, Rolls-Royce

  • Pathways for decarbonising heat
  • Qualifying the benefits of different energy sources versus the costs
  • The role of government: what policy steps can drive a low carbon heat market
  • How is the grid implementing low carbon electricity and what paths have they taken?
  • How have buildings - old and new decarbonised their heating systems?
  • Can smart technologies help decarbonise the heat?
  • The role of hydrogen
  • How can government play a critical role in decarbonising industrial heat?
  • The future role of natural gas in heating

Voting and Q&A

Electrification of heat demonstration: raising awareness, acceptance, and support for a wider deployment of heat pumps
Edmund Hunt, Service Design Lead Consultant, Energy Systems Catapult

  • Common roadblocks to installing heat pumps for buildings and/or industry and how to overcome them
  • Demonstrating how heat pumps can deliver carbon savings and efficiency vs other electric heating
  • Demonstrating the practical and technical feasibility of heat pumps
  • Identifying the costs and financing structures
  • What initiatives and grants are available?

Voting and Q&A session

Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC

Welcome back from the chair
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC
Energy efficiency trends for the transport sector

The journey to decarbonised transport
Mark Major, Senior Advisor, SLOCAT Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport

  • How can we close the gap between the net zero target and the current trajectory of transport emissions?
  • Insights into decarbonisation options for transport:
    • Improving fuels and vehicles
    • Improving operations
    • Shifting modes / improving access
    • Transport demand
  • Delivering on climate/transport policy

Future of work and travel in a net zero world
Claire Daly, Head of Policy and Communications, Sustrans Scotland

  • How can energy managers help organisations align their business travel activities with the net zero target?
  • Identifying business travel behaviours at an individual and organisations level: how are these adapting and changing?
  • How effective is the current policy framework in driving business travel efficiency?
  • How can energy managers deal with potential trade-offs between energy efficiency and long-term carbon savings (e.g. the case of hydrogen)?
  • The new normal: examining how transport demand has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent widespread of working from home

Voting poll and Q&A
Fuel efficiency developments for different modes of transport

Fuel efficiency developments for different modes of transport
Keith Bushell, UK Environmental Affairs stakeholder manager, Airbus OL
Dr Santiago Suárez de la Fuente, Lecturer in Energy and Transport, The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, UCL Energy Institute

  • Light duty vehicles: a spotlight on fuel efficiency and global economy trends
  • Strategies for reducing fuel costs of and emissions from heavy-duty vehicles
  • New methodology for fuel efficiency in shipping
  • Managing fuel efficiency in the aviation sector: challenges and opportunities

Voting and Q&A session

14:45 Closing remarks and summary from the chair
Paul Bennett CEng FEI, Managing Director, BSSEC

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