The Energy Institute’s new conference, Powering Net Zero, is designed to discuss ways in which clean electricity and electrification will be essential in reducing emissions globally to net zero.

EL LIVE Free Webinar | Hydrogen and the new era for clean energy
21 April 2021, 14:00 - 15:20 BST

Registration closes at 17:00 BST on 20 April 2021

During this webinar, you will hear from industry experts debating the future of hydrogen and its position in a net zero economy, whilst sharing their insights on:

  • Could 2021 mark a turning point for hydrogen?
  • COVID-19 Recovery - is this the time to invest in creating the infrastructure needed for a hydrogen economy?
  • Green vs blue?
  • Teesside and Humber industrial clusters for UK and their plans for becoming net zero
  • Understanding the feasibility of hydrogen in comparison to the alternatives

Webinar sponsors:

14:00 - Welcome from the chair and insights into EI’s hydrogen guide
Daniel de Wijze, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

14:10 - The future of hydrogen: opportunities and challenges
Kristen Panerali, Head of Electricity Industry, World Economic Forum 

  • With 70% of the global economy having committed to net zero in 2021, demand centers such as cities and industrial clusters need to play a key role in helping fulfill these commitments
  • Industrial emissions account for ~20-30% of global emissions today and this share will grow as other sectors reduce emissions
  • An industrial cluster can consist of both heavy industry (such as iron and steel) and light industry (such as food and machinery), with approximately half of industrial emissions coming from the latter, which are less energy-intensive and easier to abate
  • There is a menu of abatement opportunities, and a holistic approach to industrial clusters is required to optimize emissions solutions and create an integrated energy system that maximizes system value outcomes.  Hydrogen is a key lever
  • There are several global examples of major players coming together to produce green hydrogen – e.g., Hydrogen Catapult initiative, Iberdrola in partnership with Ferteberia, Power-2-Green Hydrogen by Acciona etc
  • While industry faces several challenges on the path to net zero, there are also sizeable economic opportunities from investments in low-carbon technologies

14:30 - What are the fundamental differences between green and blue hydrogen?
Steve Hargreaves, Director of Strategy & Energy System Economics, EDF Energy 

  • How can deploying CCUS (blue) and hydrogen from low carbon generation (green) accelerate hydrogen uptake?
  • Paths to hydrogen (green vs. blue)
  • What solutions do they offer for transport, heating and industry?
  • The cost, logistic and market offering of green and blue – who has the competitive advantage?
  • Green vs blue – which could spur a green recovery post COVID-19?

14:45 - Innovative homes
Helen McColm, Head of Hydrogen Theme, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), SICE Directorate (Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy)

  • Hydrogen’s role in domestic homes

15:00 - Q&A

15:20 - Summary from the chair and closing remarks
Daniel de Wijze, Energy Analyst, Energy Institute

Register for the free webinar

Powering Net Zero Conference

6 October 2021

08:15 - 16:45


Register for the conference on 6 October 2021

Delivering net zero
As the devasting loss of life and habitats caused by climate change continues to increase, many countries and businesses are responding by setting bold commitments to reach net zero by 2050, as well as aiming to reduce emissions significantly by 2030. Additionally, many new policies will be introduced to tackle the climate crisis in the lead up to the UN’s COP26 climate talks. However, achieving decarbonisation may be easier for some countries and businesses than others, with many counting on major advances in technologies, innovation, support, and collaboration to achieve this ambitious goal.

This timely conference will provide insights into how businesses and countries are making net zero into a reality, whilst showcasing their achievements so far, and exploring what other actions still need addressing at COP26 to drive further acceleration.

Attend this timely event to:

  • Hear from expert speakers excelling in this area
  • Gain key insights into the policies, technologies, and people needed to reach net zero
  • Network with professionals from across the energy sector



Registration and networking


Welcome from the Energy Institute

Steve Holliday FREng FEI, President, Energy Institute, and Former Chief Executive, National Grid


What will a net zero energy system look like?

  • Delivering a just and inclusive energy transition
  • How can the world reach net zero by 2050?
  • The ten-point plan for a greener revolution
  • Prospects for the European Green Deal
  • The road to COP26
  • What has COVID-19 cost the climate?

Moderator: Steve Holliday FREng FEI, President, Energy Institute and Former Chief Executive, National Grid


Demand in a net zero future

  • What does net zero mean for cities?
  • Insights into net zero homes
  • The potential for achieving net zero in the industrial and commercial sectors
  • Decarbonising transport in the road to net zero
  • Decarbonising heat
  • Energy efficiency
  • Demand Optimisation (and following supply, e.g., 24/7 carbon free)

Moderator: Michael Lewis FEI, Chief Executive, EON UK

Brian Denvir, European Energy Markets Lead, Google
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport




Demand Deep dive: Let’s hear from the consumers

  • Visualising a responsible consumer
  • Climate change – who do consumers think are responsible?
  • Consumers attitudes to decarbonisation
  • Are consumers willing to take action?
  • Are they willing to pay towards it?
  • Just transition – bringing everyone together in the journey
  • The function of demand in tariff design – energy system resilience

Speaker: Stephanie Jamison, Senior Managing Director, Accenture


Energy supply in a net zero future

  • Wind and solar expansion- how far can wind and solar go?
  • The role of nuclear energy in achieving net zero
  • The role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in achieving net zero
  • The role of wind and solar in supporting grid flexibility and reliability
  • Rise of hybrid plants, batteries, other energy storage, and integrated solutions
  • Zero carbon hydrogen at scale – is it achievable?

Moderator: Kate Turner, Policy, Regulation & Communications Director, ScottishPower Renewables/Iberdrola

Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, Onshore and Solar Director, EDF Renewables
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), RWE Renewables




An integrated energy system approach to decarbonisation

  • Integrating variables renewables into the electricity system
  • Integrating electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and other distributed energy resources
  • Power reform and transforming the grid’s strategy
  • Infrastructure projects (electricity, gas, CCS etc) that are delivering a greener future
  • Digitalisation
  • Creating a flexibile and integrated energy system

Moderator: Fintan Slye FEI, Director UK System Operation, National Grid ESO

Lisa Larroque Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sempra
Andy Hadland AMEI, Chief Development Officer, Arenko Group


Enabling conditions to reach net zero

  • Regulating and policies for a net zero future
  • Accelerating innovation and research and development (R&D) towards net zero
  • Building the net zero energy workforce

Moderator: Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director – Utilities, Global Renewables Lead, Accenture
Speaker: Geraldine Newton-Cross, Commercial Director, Catapult


Ofgem’s vision for a net zero future

Moderator: Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director – Utilities, Global Renewables Lead, Accenture


Summary and closing remarks

Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director – Utilities, Global Renewables Lead, Accenture

Early-bird rates:

  • Member - £150
  • Company Member - £200
  • Non-Member - £250

Registration closes at 17:00 BST on 5 October 2021.

If you are a company member, please email for the promo code needed book your place - members and non-members can book online.

New bookers: after creating an account with the Energy Institute, you will receive a verification email before you can book. If you do not receive this, please contact to validate your account.

Register for the conference on 6 October 2021

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Who should attend

RE 100 Companies in the RE100
Net Zero Attend 1 Offshore wind companies
Net Zero Attend 2 Oil & gas companies
Net Zero Attend 3 Trading companies

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