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Energy UK, in collaboration with the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, offered a series of free webinars to provide advice on the regulatory and legal aspects that UK-based businesses need to consider as part of their no-deal preparations.
The series of four webinars, hosted by legal experts, focused on key areas for businesses to consider as part of preparations for the potential scenario should the UK would have left the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019. These ranged from cross-sector issues such as contracts and data protection to areas specific to the energy industry including trading energy and carbon pricing.
No-deal Brexit Forum
If you have any questions for our experts following any of our webinars, you can post these in our Forum.
Webinar delegates will be sent a one time access code after each webinar which they can use to register to access the forum.
1. No-deal Brexit preparations: Contractual Issues
Considerations for business in relation to contracts and other key cross-sector issues including employment and data protection.
Held: Thursday 17 October
This webinar looked at the implications for business a no-deal Brexit on existing and new contracts including in relation to:
- Brexit related termination events
- Interpretation issues for existing contracts
- Key issues to consider for new contracts
- Data protection compliance
- Employment law, business travel and migration
2. No-deal Brexit preparations: Energy after Brexit
Considerations for businesses in relation to energy regulatory issues
Held: Wednesday 23 October
This webinar looked at the impact for business of a no-deal Brexit in relation to energy regulatory issues including:
- Impact on trading energy (including market decoupling and REMIT regulations)
- EU ETS and carbon pricing
3. No-deal Brexit preparations: Importing and Exporting
Considerations for business in relation to importing and exporting goods
Held: Thursday 24 October
This webinar looked at the impact for energy businesses of a no-deal Brexit in relation to importing and exporting goods:
- General implications of trading under WTO rules;
- Customs duties, tariffs, taxes and other requirements;
- Customs procedures for import and export, including an introduction to the transitional simplified procedures;
- Behind the border impacts where goods are imported.
4. Feedback and wrap up of previous topics and any other issues
Held: Tuesday 29 October
This webinar provided an opportunity to review any outstanding questions from previous webinars and explored any issues not previously covered where relevant.
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CO Be Alarmed
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Young Energy Professionals Forum
The YEP Forum provides the next generation of energy professionals with a place to network, share experiences and learn from industry experts. With over 1000 members, the Forum offers a number of events across the year including site visits to some of the UK’s major energy centres and an annual YEP Awards ceremony that recognises success and leadership across the varied disciplines which make up the energy industry.
Energy Switch Guarantee
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Pride in Energy
Energy UK’s Pride in Energy network is a diversity forum and network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) members of the energy industry and their allies. The Pride in Energy network was created in response to a need for an organisation to address LGBT+ issues in the energy industry. Sign up to their mailing list to keep up to date with exciting developments.
Equality and Diversity Forum
Energy UK’s Equality and Diversity Forum is a cross-industry committee looking to share experiences from all attendees and external organisations in a bid to drive forward best practice in equality and diversity across the sector. We anticipate that the group will be attended by organisations’ HR teams, internal network leads or equality and diversity leads. Subscribe to their mailing list here.
The Energy UK events programme always aims to be up to date and topical, adding real value to your membership. The programme creates a space for members to meet key energy stakeholders and policy-makers, suppliers and investors.
From major set-piece events, such as our flagship Annual Conference, Annual Industry Lunch and our signature Parliamentary Reception, to more intimate and tailored events on policy issues and operational management, the various events throughout the year provide opportunities to get involved across the sector and with external organisations.
The Annual Conference sees Energy UK play host to leading representatives from government and Parliament as well as industry and consumer groups for a day of high-level speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions and networking opportunities. The day is also an excellent opportunity for suppliers to the industry to meet their clients and potential customers and develop the quality supplier relationships which keep the industry running.
Elsewhere on our regular conference agenda Energy UK runs an annual Health and Safety Conference which offers a full day of operational insight from industry leaders in the crucial area of health and safety – an issue central to everything the industry does.
Energy UK’s smaller, bespoke events take the form of breakfast briefings and industry workshops. These bring together a panel of experts with industry colleagues and stakeholders to discuss topical issues across the full range of policy issues. We work with members to develop the programme and the issues we cover. These popular events are open to all members to attend on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so early booking is advised.
Energy UK represents the entire spectrum of the UK’s energy generation and supply sector and the broadest possible range of its activities. This provides an excellent base for members and partners to work together.
Sponsorship packages range from involvement in bespoke programmes to specially designed one-off events, allowing for high-level engagement and partner branding and promotion.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
The Climate Change Act 2008 established a target for the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. BEIS reported that as of 2016, the energy supply sector was responsible for 25% of total GHG emissions in the UK.
While fossil fuels still represent a significant, but reducing, proportion of the UK energy mix, BEIS provisionally reported that the energy supply sector has reduced overall GHG emissions by 57% between 1990 and 2016 and was also the largest contributor to the decrease in GHG emissions between 2015 and 2016.
This is largely a result of switching fuels from coal to gas, with coal-fired power generation having decreased by 86% between 1990 and 2016 and 62% solely from 2015-16. Renewable generation occupying a larger share of the market has also played a large role in GHG emission reductions, with renewable sources accounting for 24.5% of UK’s electricity supply mix in 2016. (Source: BEIS Statistical Release: 2016 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Final Figures)
The current framework in place to tackle carbon emissions at European level includes the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) which puts a steadily reducing cap on carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial emitters and the power sector. As the EU ETS is a ‘cap and trade’ system, it has created a market price for carbon allowances which is reflected in the cost of electricity. Find out more about the EU Emissions Trading System on the European Commission’s website.
Other air emissions
The main emissions to air from power stations that give cause for concern are sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust (particulate matter, or PM2.5). All three are relevant to coal-fired stations, but NOx is the most significant emission from gas-fired stations. Power station emissions have been subject to European legislation since 1988. A fuel switch from coal to gas caused significant reductions in SO2 in the 1990s.
More recently, the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) (2001/80/EC) has been an effective driver in the reduction of SO2 emissions through the installation of Flue Gas Desulphurisation at coal-fired stations. Overall, SO2 emissions reduced by 97% between 2000 and 2016.
From January 2016, the LCPD was replaced by the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU), which is expected to drive a step change in the reduction of NOx emissions.
As it stands, NOx emissions have decreased by 683% between 2000 and 2016, falling by 27% between 2012 and 2015.
Since 2000, emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) have also decreased substantially with emissions of PM10 and PM2.5 from the combustion industry decreasing by 92% and 72% respectively.
Environment Agency: Environmental outlook for the combustion sector (2016)
Power stations in England are environmentally regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) to limit their impact on the surrounding natural landscape and population. Energy UK works closely with the EA to ensure compliance and high environmental performance. Our consistent and valuable engagement has resulted in the combustion sector achieving high compliance with its permits and a steadily reducing environmental impact. This progress and ongoing success is summarised in the EA’s Environmental outlook for the combustion sector report.