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COP26 Energy Transition Hub

Programme
1st Nov – 12th Nov

The Energy Transition Hub is the only hub taking place at COP26 that is demonstrating the full scale of the energy transition that the UK energy industry has undertaken and is jointly organised in partnership between Energy UK and Renewable UK.

This programme sets out the events planned by energy companies, organisations and other trade associations. All events will be filmed and made available either to watch live or to catch up on, at a later date. You will be able to access all the events on Energy UK’s YouTube channel – here.

Below is a programme guide for each event including the time for each event and when you can watch it live on Energy UK’s YouTube channel.

Monday 1 November – Opening Day

12:30 – 14:30 Maintaining public support for the energy transition

Join our panel discussion, hosted by Copper Consultancy, where industry leaders will discuss public perceptions of the energy transition and how we can establish support moving forward. Bringing expert insights from across the energy sector, the panel will consider public perceptions of the changes to society that will be needed to decarbonise our lives, as well as the perceived impacts of new energy generation. We will also consider how people expect their lives to change, including whether they will become more or less prosperous, whether changes will impact domestic lives and crucially who should pay for the transition. The discussions will be informed by new research by Copper into public attitudes towards net zero that will be published during COP26.

Panellists:

  • Dr. Catrin Ellis Jones, Head of Stakeholder & Community Engagement, Offshore Wind at Vattenfall
  • Will Apps, Head of Marine Development at The Crown Estate                   
  • Rebecca McLean, Environment and Sustainability Director at Sweco
  • (Chair) James Gore, Director at Copper Consultancy

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Tuesday 2 November – Offshore Wind Day

9:30 – 11:30am Offshore Wind – The UK Success Story

With an ambition to reach 40GW of offshore wind by 2030, offshore wind is a key part of the UK’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the UK Prime Minister’s vision for a Green Industrial Revolution.

At this live discussion in the COP26 'Energy Transition Hub', organised by the Offshore Wind Industry Council, experts will discuss cost reduction, solving key barriers, opportunities with supply chain and jobs, as well as the international tools available to help other countries realise their offshore wind ambition.

The panellists are:

  • Gordon Edge - Head of Strategy, Stakeholders and Business Development, Low Carbon Contracts Company
  • Andrew Elmes - Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa
  • Danielle Lane - Co-Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council
  • Rebecca Williams - Director of COP26, Global Wind Energy Council

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12:30 – 13:30 Dogger Bank Bingo

And now for something a little different. Possibly for the first time ever you can come and learn about one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms through the medium of bingo. Equinor will be calling the ‘numbers’ with two rising stars from the project - Lila Vazquez Villamor, Electrical Engineer at SSE Renewables and Sam Drury, Renewables Graduate at Equinor - will host the game, asking Project Director, Steve Wilson, and Operations Leader, Felicity Wann to expand on the topics as they are pulled out.

The first 100 people to sign up will receive a unique Bingo card and be able to play for the chance to win a model GE Haliade-X turbine, the pioneering turbine that will power all three phases of the project.

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13:30 – 14:30 Green recovery is good for business: How Dogger Bank is Building Back Better

This panel session is hosted by the Dogger Bank Wind Farm Joint Venture partners. It will explore Dogger Bank’s role in building back better including creating thousands of jobs and growing regional economies in the North East of England and beyond. The discussion will touch on the importance of the supply chain to the project and the continued opportunities offshore wind creates for the UK economy.

Steve Wilson, project director, will be joined by:

  • Andrew Duncan – North Star Renewables: Service Operations Vessel (SOV) provider, creating 130 jobs. First renewable project, transferring skills and experience from oil and gas.
  • Garod Evans – Jones Bros: Civils contractor with up to 100 employees working on Dogger Bank at peak, including an apprenticeship scheme.
  • Mark Sidwell – Granada Cranes: Supplying over 200 cranes via Smulders and Aibel, two of Dogger Bank’s Tier 1 suppliers.
  • Lindsay Dougan, Dogger Bank Community Investment, managing the project’s community engagement in the construction phase including the £1m fund announced earlier this year

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15:00 – 17:00 Floating Wind – The next frontier - What can the world learn from cross-national developments in the North Sea

This live panel discussion, will explore on how to industrialise floating offshore wind and leverage technology, lessons, and know-how from decades of maritime and offshore experience to the sector's benefit.

The panellists are:

  • Sian Lloyd-Rees - UK Managing Director, Aker Offshore Wind
  • Dan McGrail - CEO, RenewableUK
  • Dan Finch - UK Managing Director, Ocean Winds
  • Alexandra Bech Gjørv - CEO, SINTEF
  • UK & Scottish Government representatives (TBC)

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19:00 – 23:00 Evening Drinks Reception

This drinks event will bring together the industry at COP26 including those taking part in the Hub and beyond. Sponsored by Taylor Hopkins. You can register to attend by clicking here.

Wednesday 3 November – Established Renewable Energy Systems

9:30 – 11:30am The Faces of Onshore Wind

We often hear about the major benefits of onshore wind but this live discussion at the RenewableUK/EnergyUK 'COP26 Energy Transition Hub' will give everyone a chance to hear from the people who live and breathe the technology every day. You will hear perspectives from developers, to communities and supply chain to name a few.

The session has been kindly organised by EDF Renewables, and will be hosted at the offices of RES, overlooking the COP26 conference.

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13:00 – 14:00 Addressing the Investment Challenge of Net Zero – the role of low carbon contracts

The UK Government’s trailblazing commitment to Net Zero in 2050 was made possible, in part, by the country’s success in delivering renewable electricity generation capacity. The Contract for Difference (CfD) has been central to this feat, allowing developers to secure investment into low carbon electricity in Great Britain, and enabling consumers to benefit from recent cost reductions in offshore wind. What is it about this instrument that has made it such a success? Can the features be replicated in other sectors outside of power, and what would be the benefits? This discussion will aid understanding of how the investment challenge can be addressed through policy which balances the needs of the wider public, and private investors.

Panellists:

  • Gordon Edge, Head of Strategy, Stakeholders and Business Development, Low Carbon Contracts Company (Moderator)
  • Olly Cass, Finance Director for Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm, SSE
  • Neil McDermott, Chief Executive of Low Carbon Contracts Company
  • Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive, Carbon Capture and Storage Association

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15:00 – 17:15 Solar Energy: Lighting the way to net zero : How we reach 40GW by 2030

This session will start off with a screening of ITN film, ‘Route to Net Zero’ followed by a welcome from Chris Hewett, CEO of Solar Energy UK, and a key note address by Chris Stark of the Committee on Climate Change. Following those introduction the there will be two sessions:

Discussion 1: Utility-Scale 15:20 – 16:05

This session will discuss how the solar energy output can treble in the UK to a capacity of 40GW by 2030 and 54GW by 2035 – needed to deliver solar's contribution to the UK government target of a zero-carbon electricity system by 2035.

During the first panel on utility scale, industry leaders and key stakeholders will discuss how quickly solar can be deployed this decade and how technology improvements around AI and batteries will help integrate high levels of solar into the grid. Solar parks that offer a powerful new income stream for the rural economy and land management techniques will enhance biodiversity and support the nature recovery agenda.

Discussion 2: Solar Onsite Generation and the opportunities for commercial, public and residential sectors – 16:05 – 16:50

As gas and wholesale electricity prices rise, solar rooftop and carport projects' economic opportunities are becoming attractive for industries such as the water industry, retail, and manufacturing. Industry leaders will discuss the scale of this potential for solar alongside EV charging, for solar alongside EV charging and battery technology. In the residential sector, speakers from house building and finance sectors will highlight the likely growth in smart solar homes and how a new financial product like green mortgages can provide greater access to capital for low carbon retrofit.

Chris Hewett will then close the event

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Thursday 4 November - COP26 Energy Day

10:00 – 10:20am How the UK became a world leader in decarbonisation

Join Energy UK and Renewable UK at the start of Energy Transition Day at COP26 to understand the journey the UK energy industry has been on. The UK is the world leaders in decarbonising its economy. This success in decarbonisation has largely been led by the UK energy industry. This speech will chart the history of the UK energy industry, from privatisation to Climate Change Act 2008 and on to the passing of the legislation to make the UK net zero carbon by 2050. Finally, it will touch on the vision for the future of the UK energy industry. Hear from Energy UK as we track the history of our sector, demonstrate the benefits and successes of our world leading energy industry, something that we can all be proud of.

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12:30 – 14:30 Renewable Nation: Pathways to a Zero Carbon Britain

Renewable energy now generates over 40% of the UK’s electricity, a significant achievement from 2% back in 1999. With the UK now subject to a legal target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, the next stage of our energy transition will be critical.

Our dependency on fossil fuels has been brought into sharp focus this year with volatile gas prices raising energy bills for households. The UK has the natural resources to be powered by renewables but this pathway has yet to be fully tested by traditional energy modelling. We wanted to see what a route to zero carbon would look like if you built a pathway on what we know works best today – renewables.

By asking questions seldom asked, we set out to challenge the energy industry and the results were inspiring. Renewable energy offers the quickest, cheapest and cleanest route to delivering net zero by 2050 and can boost the economy to boost everyone.

Juliet Davenport will deliver a speech on the Pathways to Zero Carbon Britain followed by a panel discussion.

Panellists:

  • Rachel Fletcher – Director of Regulation and Economics, Octopus Energy
  • Lindsay McQuade – CEO, Scottish Power Renewables
  • Emma Pinchbeck – CEO, Energy UK
  • Nigel Pocklington – CEO, Good Energy
  • Rachel Ruffle – CEO, RES

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Friday 5 November – The Energy Transition

9:30 -11:30 Powering Net Zero in the UK: the role of CCUS

Aker Solutions are bringing industry experts together for a live discussion in the 'COP26 Energy Transition Hub' focusing on the role of carbon capture and storage in the transition to net zero.

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12:30 – 14:30 Spotlight on Scotland: Scotland’s energy transition beyond COP26

Scotland not only has a world leading Net Zero commitment, but a long history of successful renewable energy development.

Scottish Renewables will be be joined by wind indsutry experts at the 'COP26 Energy Transition Hub' to discuss what the world can learn from Scotland's leadership in clean energy, and what the next steps in Scotland's path to Net Zero are.

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15:00 – 17:00 Ensuring the UK’s workforce has the skills to take advantage of new roles in clean energy

The Offshore Wind Industry Council will be exploring the skills and jobs required in the offshore wind industry, and whether the UK is meeting the opportunity available to it.

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Monday 8 November – Low Carbon Technologies Day

9:30 – 11:30am Nuclear for a Net Zero Century: Opportunities for Deep Decarbonisation

All over the world, countries are turning again to nuclear energy to fight climate change and build a new green economy. Nuclear, as a source of clean heat, offers many exciting possibilities for deep decarbonisation of transport systems, building heating, and industrial processes, that go beyond grid electricity. In these two panel sessions, representatives of the nuclear industries of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada will discuss the technological solutions nuclear offers and how to raise the green finance to bring them to life.

Panel Session 1: 9.30am-10.25am: Nuclear Solutions for Deep Decarbonisation

Panel Session 2: 10.35am-11.30am: Green Finance for Nuclear Innovation

Panellists:

  • Carol Berrigan, Senior Director for Federal Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
  • John Gorman, CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association
  • Lisa McBride, President of Women in Nuclear Canada, Country Leader, Small Modular Reactors, GE Hitachi

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12.30 -14.30 Interview with Stanley Johnson and Ed Miliband MP: The UK’s cross-party support for net zero

Whilst approaches to reaching net zero carbon emissions may be different, the UK is fortunate in having a cross-party consensus on the need for decarbonisation.

RenewableUK CEO, Dan McGrail, will be joined by Stanley Johnson, former Conservative MEP and long-standing environmental campaigner, and Ed Miliband MP, the Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for a live interview to discuss how the cross-party consensus was established, the Conservative case for action of climate change which is now firmly rooted in the UK, and how we could promote this across the world.

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15:00 – 17:00 How the world could benefit from UK leadership in marine energy

This discussion will focus on the role of marine energy in the UK’s generation mix, and looks to highlight the benefits of increasing energy created from our seas. The session will be run by the Marine Energy Council.

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Tuesday 9 November – Maximising the benefits, minimising the impacts Day

9:30 – 11:30 Developing a clean energy supply chain

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome and introduction| Dan McGrail, CEO, RenewableUK

09.40 – 10.25 SESSION 1 | Maximising local content from onshore wind - Discussion Panel (45 mins)

The first session will focus attentions onshore where strong local supply chains have been established across UK. Our panel of industry leaders and key stakeholders will 

discuss how jobs and employment for local businesses and contractors, in addition to the use of local services and amenities, can generate significant inward investment within the local area around a project.

Panellists include:

  • Clare Mack, CEO, Scottish Renewables
  • Margaret Pratt, Chair, West Kintyre Community Council
  • I&H Brown or McFadgens representative
  • Chris Sweetman, Operations Director, TRIG
  • Iain MacCallum, Construction Manager, RES

Chaired by: Dan McGrail, CEO, RenewableUK

10.25 – 10.35 – BREAK

10.35 – 10.40 Welcome back and Introduction | Lucy Whitford, RES

10.40 – 11.25 SESSION 2 | Developing a domestic supply chain for offshore wind - Panel Discussion: (45 mins)

The UK is currently the world’s largest offshore wind market and the UK government has a target to reach 40GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030, as part of an effort to reach net zero by 2050.

This session will discuss how the domestic supply chain the UK is growing to support an industry experiencing exponential growth. During the first panel, industry leaders and key stakeholders will discuss how a domestic supply chain has been established, the opportunities and challenges that exist for the domestic supply chain to meet the UK Government’s 2030 target, as well as the ongoing value in operating wind assets offshore in the long-term.

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12:30 – 13:30 Climate Change, Energy and Gender

Join this panel on Gender Day at COP26 to discuss female representation in the climate and energy movement. A panel of energy, climate change, and advocacy experts will discuss the need for a diverse range of voices at COP and the importance of diversity when delivering the energy transition. There will also be discussion on why, as we plan for the jobs of the future, having diversity as a central theme of that planning will benefit both businesses and further decarbonisation of the UK economy.

Panellists:

  • Clem Cowton – Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy
  • Bernadette Fischler - Head of International Advocacy, WWF
  • Tania Kumar – Head of Energy and Climate Policy, CBI
  • Emma Pinchbeck – CEO Energy UK
  • Rebecca Williams – Director of COP26, GWEC

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15:00 – 17:00 Renewable energy systems development in harmony with people and nature

There is an interest – across the world – in ensuring that renewable energy development takes place in harmony with the world around it, be that people, other parts of the economy or the natural environment. The UK has shown that this harmony has been possible, and will continue to be as the UK looks to develop 30GW of onshore wind by 2030, and around 100GW of offshore wind by 2050.

Further to this, there’s a growing interest in the full-life-cycle of wind turbines, and the sustainability of the sector itself.

RenewableUK bringing together two panels of experts to discuss each of these topics.
If you are interested in watching this discussion as it happens.

Part 1 - Panel discussion: How can we ensure that RES development is in harmony with the world around it

  • Grant Douglas, Senior Planning & Environmental Policy Manager, Scottish Power Renewables
  • Alan Duckworth, Project Manager - Offshore Wind Deployment Scenarios to 2050, Arup
  • TBC, National Grid
  • Sam Oxley, Board Director for Landscape Planning & Management, LUC
  • Dan McGrail, CEO RenewableUK

Panel 2 - Presentations: Can wind energy ‘leave no footprint’

  • James Barry, CEO, Renewable Parts
  • Gregorio Acero, Head of QM & HSE, Siemens Gamesa

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Wednesday 10 November – Consumers Day

9:30 – 10:50 Decarbonising heat; the solutions and ultimate the benefits

Both the UK and Scottish Government’s have recently published their strategies for decarbonising customers’ heating systems. Possibly one of the biggest challenges to the meeting the respective 2050 and 2045 net zero targets. This event run by Energy UK will focus on how the energy industry is looking to find the solutions and deliver low carbon heating systems for customers. The event will be open with a speech from Energy UK’s Deputy Director of Policy, Charles Wood, and follow with a panel discussion of industry experts.

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12:30 – 13:30 The role of smart metering in supporting customers to reduce their carbon impact

This panel, chaired by Energy UK’s Head of Smart Metering, Daisy Cross, will explore the important and vital role that smart metering is playing, and will increasingly play in helping customers with reducing their carbon emissions. It will focus on the role of technology being developed out of the smart metering programme, and how that technology will help customer with new innovative services in their homes.

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Thursday 11 November – System Flexibility and Batteries

9:30 – 11:30 Flex Education

The UK is poised to be a leader in the world of power flexibility.  This event, hosted by the Association for Decentralised Energy along with Flexitricity, Amp X, Open Energi, Sembcorp and Statkraft, will discuss what is required to unleash the potential of low carbon-technologies and assets such as battery storage, electric vehicles, heat pumps, demand-side response, hydrogen electrolysers and smart buildings.  Flex covers grid scale to household scale, generating revenue from distributed energy assets by delivering in a multitude of fragmented markets and saving users money.  But what stands in the way of flex delivering its full potential?

Panellists:

  • Alastair Martin - Flexitricity Limited
  • Dr. Irene Di Martino - Amp X
  • Wendel Hortop - Open Energi
  • Michael Jenner– Sembcorp
  • Duncan Dale – Statkraft
  • Ian Calvert – ADE

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12:30 – 14:30 Innovation in our grid: Spotlight on Keith Greener Grid Park

A panel of experts will join Statkraft at the 'COP26 Energy Transition Hub' to discuss the significance of world-leading innovations at Keith Greener Grid Park in Moray, Scotland.

A world-first project using GE rotating stabiliser technology, will enable more renewable energy to be distributed on the grid. Part of National Grid’s ambition to be able to run a carbon free grid by 2025.

If you are interested in watching the panel live, please register your interest here.

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Friday 12 November – Final Day

9:30 – 11:30am Demonstrating the potential of hydrogen

There is a lot of excitement about of the role of hydrogen in the future of the UK’s energy system.

At this live discussion in the COP26 Energy Transmission Hub, Orsted will be joined by other industry leaders to explore the potential of this growing technology, and how it can be used to further the decarbonisation of the UK economy and help meeting the 2050 net zero ambitions.

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12:30 – 14:00 Zero Carbon Humber: Lunchtime session on Industrial Decarbonisation

The Humber is the UK’s largest carbon emitting industrial cluster, home to major manufacturers, refineries, power stations and ports. It emits around the same amount of CO2 as all other industrial clusters in England and Scotland combined. If the Government is serious about achieving net zero, it needs to start in the Humber.

Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) is a Consortium of twelve major organisations committed to making the Humber the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster, through the use of carbon capture, hydrogen and bioenergy with carbon capture producing negative emissions. A dual CO2 and hydrogen pipeline provides common infrastructure linking key emitters, users, and storage options.

ZCH is part of the East Coast Cluster, a collaboration with Net Zero Teesside and the offshore Northern Endurance Partnership, which was recently selected as one of the first movers in the Government Cluster Sequencing Process. It aims to decarbonise both the Humber and Teesside industrial clusters, sharing storage for the captured CO2 in aquifers under the North Sea. Together, this has the potential to remove almost 50% of the UK’s industrial cluster carbon emissions.

This event will showcase the Zero Carbon Humber proposals, and particularly focus on the opportunities for the use of hydrogen in decarbonising industrial processes. It will also focus on the economic and supply chain opportunities, and how the project aligns with the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Speakers:

  • Dan Sadler, Vice President, UK Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor
  • Oonagh O’Grady, Head of Hydrogen Development, SSE Thermal
  • Ben Morgan, Research Director, University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • Chris Newitt, CCUS Senior Project Manager, National Grid Ventures

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15:00 – 16:00 In Conversation with the Young Energy Professional Network

As COP26 comes to a close representatives of the Young Energy Professionals will discuss their new report addressing the COP26 the themes and provide a review of the last 2 week’s conference. They will be in conversation with Rachel Anderson, Head of Communications and Policy at RES, who will provide an insight in the company’s work to develop onshore wind, and the important role young professionals play in driving change in the industry.  

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