The Big Debate 2016: This house believes that the UK energy industry is not fit for purpose to secure a low carbon energy supply, London

19 September, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

An onshore windfarm in the UK
An onshore windfarm in the UK

About this event

The UK is committed by statute to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. This will require an ongoing annual reduction of domestic emissions by at least 3%. Whilst the country has met its targets to date, future progress is in doubt from 2023 onwards. With concerns about changes to the policy and regulatory environment, a skills shortage within the industry and challenges to long-term investment, is the UK energy industry really fit to face the future?

Speakers

Chaired by Filippo Gaddo, Head of Energy Economics at Arup.

Confirmed panellists:
Keith Clarke CBE – ICE Vice President
Angela Hepworth – Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF
Joan MacNaughton CB – Senior Energy & Climate Policy Advisor, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis
Keith Waller – Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, HM Treasury
Cheryl Hiles – Strategic Director, Regen SW

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:

Speakers

Filippo Gaddo - Head of Energy Economics, Arup

Filippo Gaddo is the Head of Economics and Regulations at Arup, which he joined in 2013, and has fifteen years' professional experience working for government departments and major consulting firms.

Filippo combines deep energy industry experience and economics knowledge to support clients in developing business plans, energy policy and market strategy. Areas of recent focus have been gas and power market modelling, including electricity market design, energy demand forecasting, energy policy impact assessment and the economic case for investing in energy infrastructure and new technologies, such as storage or renewables. He has also advised numerous investors in the acquisition of energy assets across Europe.

Angela Hepworth – Corporate Policy and Regulation Director, EDF

As Corporate Policy and Regulation Director for EDF Energy, Angela Hepworth is responsible for managing the company's relations with Government, regulators and European institutions, and for shaping the debate about energy policy inside and outside the company. Her role spans all aspects of EDF Energy's activities, including power generation from EDF Energy's nuclear, coal, gas and renewable plant, supplying electricity and gas to domestic and business customers, and the programme to build new nuclear power stations, starting with Hinkley Point C.

Angela is also responsible for leading EDF Energy's work on the implications of "Brexit". Prior to her current role, she worked in EDF Energy's Nuclear New Build programme, where she led the project to build a new nuclear power station at Sizewell. Before joining EDF Energy, Angela worked for ten years as a civil servant in the Department for Trade and Industry where she held a variety of policy roles.

Joan MacNaughton CB – Senior Energy & Climate Policy Advisor, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

Joan MacNaughton is an influential figure in energy and climate policy in respect of which she has held a variety of roles.

Currently she chairs the annual assessment of countries' energy policies for the World Energy Council, the 'Trilemma' and the International Advisory Board of the Energy Academy of Europe. She is a trustee of The Climate Group; a Director of the James Hutton Institute, and a member of the Strategic Advisory board of Engie UK, as well as serving on other academic advisory boards in Europe and the United States. From 2007 to 2011, Joan spearheaded the clean power campaign of Alstom, and in 2012 acted as their Global Advisor on Sustainable Policies.

Keith Waller – Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, HM Treasury

Keith Waller is a Senior Adviser to Infrastructure and Projects Authority in HM Treasury. A civil engineer by profession, Keith has been involved in energy and infrastructure projects for 30 years, starting on the design of Sizewell B in the 1980's and working on a number of major projects in both the UK and overseas.

From 2010, Keith was seconded as a Senior Adviser into the Office for Nuclear Development in DECC to support the development of the UK's nuclear programme. Also in 2010, he began work with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority) in HM Treasury before joining full time in 2011. This work led to the publication of the UK's first National Infrastructure Plan and development of the Infrastructure Cost Review, a three year programme working across government and industry to reduce the costs of infrastructure delivery by 15% and change behaviours to support better outcomes.

Keith has been involved in the development and publication of the UK's infrastructure investment pipeline and all subsequent iterations of the national infrastructure plans.

Cheryl Hiles – Strategic Director, Regen SW

Cheryl is responsible for Regen SW's overall delivery and future direction, as well providing energy policy and strategy guidance to a wide range of clients including businesses, utilities, local authorities and government.

Cheryl also specialises in working with national sustainability organisations, utilities and the wind energy sector. Cheryl has worked closely with the wind sector since 2004 and produced national guidance for government on best practice community engagement and securing community benefits from wind energy. She is an expert in planning issues and led a number of initiatives to improve planning for renewable energy across England, having begun her career as the planning and environmental policy advisor at the South West Regional Assembly, where she was instrumental in setting up the Revision 2010 project to establish sub-regional renewable energy targets.

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