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The Sustainable Energy Debate

Blue & Green Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

The Sustainable Energy Debate

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There are 3 other debates happening in September on Tourism (3rd September), Retail (10th September) and Investment (23rd September). On the 30th September we will be holding our main TED-style all day conference.


“Gas and nuclear power will address carbon emissions in the immediate term, far more cost effectively than renewables”

An Oxford-style debate.

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Arguments for
Shale gas is an effective transition fuel, bridging the gap between the present day and the low-carbon future. Getting rid of the highly polluting coal must be a priority, so shale gas – which emits less carbon dioxide than coal – is an obvious and realistic replacement. 

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Arguments against

Some climate scientists deplore the fact that governments are going after “yet another fossil fuel” given what we know about climate change. As for nuclear, there are serious questions about safety, waste and proliferation that need to be addressed. Therefore, ploughing investment into technologies like wind, solar and other renewables is by far the most sensible option.

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Confirmed speakers:


 Mark Powell

Speaker for the motion

Mark Powell
Partner at AT Kearney


Mark leads the United Kingdom Power and Utilities Practice at AT Kearney, which services clients from the power and water sectors, including both utilities companies and infrastructure investment organizations. He has worked extensively across all parts of the utility value chain and on a wide range of topics including: generation strategy and fleet management, trading and risk management, asset management, retail strategy, customer services development, organisational transformation, IT and business process outsourcing, corporate strategy, and M&A.


Mark joined the firm in 2012 to lead the UK practice after 25 years working in the utility sector. Before joining AT Kearney, Mark was the head of UK Utilities for KPMG. Mark has held partner roles at Fujitsu, Aon, and Accenture, where he worked for nine years. He has published and spoken widely on the future of utilities and industry transformation. Mark has an MA and a PhD from Cambridge University in economics and management.


 To be confirmed

Speaker for the motion
Very shortly to be confirmed 

 Jeremy Leggett

Speaker against the motion

Jeremy Leggett
Founder and Chairman 
of Solarcentury and SolarAid


Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as "Britain’s most respected green energy boss," he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.


 Karl Harder

Speaker against the motion

Karl Harder
Co-founder and operations director at Abundance Generation


Karl started out working as a parliamentary researcher on renewable energy. With a desire to do more than simply write about the things he cared about, he set up his first green business, which also championed the Living Wage for its employees and was funded by the late Dame Anita Roddick. After 5 years and with his interest in energy renewed, he left to study for an MBA at Imperial College and to pursue the idea that has eventually became Abundance. Abundance brings together Karl's drive to link people and communities with renewable energy. Karl is responsible for managing Abundance's operations and technology teams.


 Stephen Tindale


Stephen Tindale
Associate fellow at the Centre for European Reform and former Executive Director of Greenpeace


Stephen Tindale has worked on climate and energy policy for 25 years, for NGOs, government, think tanks and the energy industry. Along with his current roles, Mr Tindale now freelances, with clients including the Re-Energise Group and Tidal Lagoon Power.




Watch the video of a previous event we ran here: Sustainable Investment Bootcamp




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When & Where

The Crystal
One Siemens Brothers Way
Royal Victoria Docks
E16 1GB London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

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