On 28th March, we held our breakfast briefing which brought together a panel of experts to discuss: “Brexit: what’s next for energy and climate”. The event proved to be a timely opportunity to take stock of where we are in the Brexit process and assess its implications for the energy sector, including the views from Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the broader political landscape. We also touched upon the future EU-UK relationship on energy and climate. Our guests speakers at the event included:
- Alison Conboy - Deputy Director, EU Exit Climate and Energy, BEIS;
- Angela Hepworth - Policy and Regulation Director, EDF Energy;
- Matt Hinde - Senior Vice-President and Director, Energy, Fleishman Hillard;
- Mo Hussein - Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, PLMR; and
- Abbie Sampson - Director of External Affairs, Energy UK (Chair)
Energy UK hosted a breakfast briefing with CGI on ‘Energy Efficiency - Integral to Energy Policy or Forgotten Opportunity’ on 29 January. The event featured panellists Sian Gardener, Director Consulting Services at CGI (Chair), Simon Evans, Deputy Editor and Policy Editor at Carbon Brief, Ed Matthew, Associate Director at E3G, Isabella O'Dowd, Climate Change Specialist at WWF and David Weatherall, Head of Policy at Energy Saving Trust. The discussion explored the Government’s approach to energy efficiency, net zero homes and building standards, Scotland’s energy efficiency programme, carbon budgets, the recent IPCC report, and changes in consumer behaviour.
On 21 January, Energy UK held its first Breakfast Briefing of the year on the Industrial Strategy, one year on. The panel featured Minister for Business and Industry, Richard Harrington MP, the Chair of the Enterprise Forum, Andrew Cumpsty and our Director of Policy, Audrey Gallacher. The wide-ranging discussion explored the challenges ahead for the energy sector, and covered everything from electric vehicles, the decarbonisation of heat, Local Enterprise partnerships, productivity and Brexit.
On 26 November, Energy UK jointly hosted a Parliamentary event to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Climate Change Act, in partnership with the Committee on Climate Change, the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and Policy Connect.
Speakers at the event included Caroline Lucas MP, Claire Perry MP, Ed Miliband MP, Lawrence Slade, Dr Emily Shuckburgh and Lord Deben. Energy UK also used the occasion to formally launch Energy and our Environment - a collection of essays on the anniversary featuring contributions from leading politicians, scientists, academics and regulators as well as figures from the energy sector and environmental groups – and also published a ten-point action plan setting out areas where the industry and government can work together to continue and accelerate the UK’s progress in tackling climate change.
The reception also saw the UK premiere of a short film Energy UK made with ten year old students from Micklem Primary School in Hemel Hempstead talking about climate change – do have a watch of it here.
On 19 November, Energy UK hosted a breakfast briefing on what consumer engagement could look like in a price cap world. The panel included Anthony Pygram (Director for Conduct & Enforcement, Ofgem), Gillian Cooper (Head of Energy Retail Markets, Citizens Advice), Greg Jackson (CEO, Octopus Energy), Richard Neudegg (Head of Regulation & Compliance, uSwitch) and Chair, Pamela Taylor (Chair, Energy Switch Guarantee). The discussion explored the potential impacts of the price cap on engagement, how tariffs are changing, Ofgem’s Supplier Market Access rules, customer service, the Warm Home Discount, and automatic switching sites.
On 15 November, Energy UK held its Health and Safety Conference 2018 in Leeds in November, sponsored by ESB and Gore-Tex, and supported by Mental Health UK. The conference brought together health and safety professionals and consultants from across the energy industry alongside government and regulators to discuss key topics including Grenfell Tower, battery storage, stress prevention, smart meters, and occupational health.