Getting Serious About Net Zero: what must we do now?

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Following the publication of The Committee on Climate Change advice in May, the UK has now legislated to reach Net Zero by 2050, but there remains a substantial gap between current plans and future requirements.

2018’s IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees C has put the achievement of ‘net zero’ emissions at centre stage for energy and climate policy around the world. How - and how quickly - we can eliminate all (net) greenhouse gas emissions is now a key focus, driving more intense focus on radical innovation, technologies and policies. The challenges for energy policy are formidable, putting hard to decarbonise sectors like heat and industry under the microscope. Thinking net zero implies a step change – a genuinely economy-wide approach with no room for a ‘too difficult’ set of emissions.

Why Attend?

The BIEE’s ‘Getting Serious about Net Zero’ policy conference will get to grips with the implications of net zero for the UK, as well as the CCC’s published advice. Leading figures from across government, industry, finance and academia will discuss the challenges for difficult to decarbonise sectors; the new policy drivers needed; the role of new technologies and innovation; and Britain’s industrial strategy and global role.

The focus will be on what action needs to begin now to put the UK onto a credible trajectory towards net zero on a timescale that is consistent with a leading role for the UK in meeting the global challenge. The BIEE policy conference will offer an engaging mix of perspectives from great speakers, the chance to debate and challenge new thinking, and opportunities to network with a unique mix of policy makers, experts, financiers and energy industry leaders.

Feedback from our 2017 policy conference:

'Great mix of speakers, lively debate, much food for thought'

' A wide range of viewpoints and honest discussion'

'Very informative, enjoyable and thought provoking'

'An interesting and well informed crowd in the audience'

'Thanks for a most illuminating day'


  • Beyond power: Decarbonising heat, transport and industry

  • Driving the energy transition: what are the carbon policy levers?

  • Low carbon energy technologies and the role of innovation

  • Panel Debate: UK industrial policy and the global climate challenge

Confirmed speakers include

Julian Critchlow, DG Energy Transformation Group, BEIS
Chris Stark, CEO, The Committee on Climate Change
Jo Coleman, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell
Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL
Neil Morris, CEO, The Faraday Institution
Andrea Griffin, Manager, Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Tim Lord, Director, Clean Growth, BEIS
Mark Taylor, Deputy Director of Innovation, BEIS
Fiona Howarth, CEO, Octopus Electric Vehicles
Nicola McCheyne, Head of Ideas Lab, Centrica Innovation
Charlie Wilson, Reader in Energy and Climate Change, UEA
Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI
Sonia Van Ballaert, Global Client Director, IBM Global Markets
Sara Vaughan, Political & Regulatory Affairs Director, E.ON UK
Will Webster, Energy Policy Manager, Oil and Gas UK

To see the programme full list of speakers and for more information please visit

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BIEE conferences are unique in the energy industry, bringing together a multiplicity of stakeholders from government, academia, finance and industry. To see a list of organisations who participated at previous conferences visit the conference website.


Registration fees include seminar pack,refreshments, buffet lunch, drinks reception and access to conference proceedings. The fee for non members includes 3 months complimentary membership of BIEE to provide access to conference presentations and reports after the conference.

BIEE members should log on to register on the BIEE website to access discounted member rates.

BIEE student members need to contact Rebecca Richardson conference@biee.org for a registration code.

The Eventbrite payment order confirmation and payment receipt is normally acceptable as a proof of purchase but if you require a pdf receipt please contact conference@biee.org. VAT is not applicable.

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Email: Rebecca Richardson/Boaz Walker conference@biee.org

Tel: 07731385124 or 07557289943

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