Powering Net Zero

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.

Powering Net Zero Conference

6 October 2021

08:15 - 16:45


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



Welcome from the Energy Institute

Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI, Chief Strategic Advisor, The Association for Decentralised Energy


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: Dr Joanne Wade OBE FEI, Chief Strategic Advisor, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Tom Howes, Head of the Energy and Environment Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)


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 with the help of AI in practice
  • Beyond net-zero: Getting to 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy - demand-led decarbonization efforts, and how corporate clean energy buyers can go beyond net-zero goals to target round-the-clock carbon-free operations

Moderator: Michael Lewis FEI, Chief Executive, E.ON UK

Brian Denvir, European Energy Markets Lead, Google
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of the Council, Glasgow City Council
Polly Billington, Chief Executive, UK100
Trygve Skjøtskift, Associate Partner, Environment, Energy & Utilities, IBM




Demand Deep dive: Let’s hear from the consumers

Polling questions:

  • By 2025, what share of your company’s profit do you believe will come from net zero carbon services?
  • What do you see as the most impactful barrier to consumer adoption for net zero connected energy services, through 2025?
  • What should be the number 1 priority for energy retailers to focus on in order to create an enabling environment for businesses and citizens to participate in the energy transition to net zero?

Moderator: Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services, Citizens Advice
Speaker: Stephanie Jamison, Senior Managing Director, Strategy & Consulting Lead, Europe, 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?
  • Scaling renewables and preparing the grid

Moderator: Kate Turner, Policy & Regulation Director, ScottishPower Renewables

Tristan Zipfel, Strategy and Analysis Director, EDF Renewables
Caroline Longman, Account Director, Government, National Nuclear Laboratory
Harmeet Bawa, Global Head of Government and Institutional Relations, Hitachi ABB Power Grids




An integrated energy system approach to decarbonisation

  • Integrating 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, including electricity, gas, and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), that are delivering a greener future
  • Creating a flexible and integrated energy system

Moderator: Fintan Slye FEI, Executive Director, Electricity System Operator, National Grid ESO

Andy Hadland AMEI, Chief Product Officer, Arenko
Lynne McDonald, DSO Readiness Programme Manager, UK Power Networks
Benjamin Kott, CEO, Lightsource Labs


Networking break


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

Moderator: Melissa Stark FEI, Managing Director, Accenture

Geraldine Newton-Cross, Commercial Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group
Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21


Summary and closing remarks

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


  • 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 fferrari@energyinst.org 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 fferrari@energyinst.org to validate your account.

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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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