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Centre for Energy PolicyEvents

At the Centre for Energy Policy, we believe that bringing people together is one of the best ways to promote energy policy thinking and make our work more effective and impactful. We have a relatively busy calendar of events throughout the year, which cover the needs of different audiences via a wide range of formats.

Our roundtable events are primarily targeted to specialised audiences, bringing together experts to discuss and help us steer our research towards answering public policy facing questions. We also host seminars and lectures that feature our work on specific topics or the work of important stakeholders in the policymaking community.

These seminars/lectures are usually attended by experts and informed members of the policy and academic communities.

Finally, our most popular events are the Energy Conversations. As the name implies they are designed to be lively, informed discussions between a panel of experts and the audience, which consists of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. So please explore our previous and upcoming events and do get in touch if you have any questions.

Past events

Energy conversations

We host regular Energy Conversations as one of its core mediums of outreach, knowledge exchange and impact.

Webinar Programme - "Why decarbonise industry in Scotland?"

NECCUS is launching a programme of monthly webinars to engage with its members and wider stakeholders around developments to mitigate industrial carbon emissions through CCUS, electrification and use of hydrogen as a clean source of energy.  Each of these is essential if we are to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045 in Scotland and 2050 in the rest of the UK.

The purpose of the programme is to:

  • Raise awareness of new technology, economic and policy developments impacting the roadmap to net zero
  • Discuss gaps in our current approach to net zero and identify potential solutions
  • Capture stakeholder opinion on developments and remaining gaps and coordinate feedback to both Scottish and UK Governments
  • Connect stakeholders to stimulate new business and innovation opportunities
  • Raise awareness of activities in Scotland to a global audience, thus creating new opportunities for international collaboration

Webinars will take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 13h, beginning December 2nd, and will include a short update on relevant news followed by presentations from invited speakers.

Our first webinar is ‘Why decarbonise industry in Scotland?'.  This will provide an opportunity to hear a range of perspectives from public agencies, industry and economic research on the rationale to decarbonise industry and strategies to do so.  As this is such an important topic, we are extending the speaker list and running a 90-minute webinar to allow a range of perspectives to be presented and discussed.

Speakers are:

  • Lewis Hurley (Scottish Government)
  • Caroline Strain (Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Region)
  • Karen Turner (Centre for Energy Policy)
  • Duncan Wall (Diageo)

Our webinars are designed to be interactive.  They will be open to all and operate under the Chatham House Rule to encourage open discussion and gain insight into participants’ views.  Polling will be used where appropriate and we will share presentations and polling results with participants.

All webinars will be delivered through GoToMeeting.  Interested in participating?  

Do we have a new understanding of the ‘Just Transition’? – Ensuring prosperity in the race to Net Zero

Centre for Energy Policy celebrated a birthday. It is 5 years since the Centre began to work on research which would grow to be relied upon for thoughtful, objective information on socio-economic implications of energy policy options considered by Scottish and UK Governments.

With new ambitious emission reduction targets announced a year ago the Centre hosted our first webinar to mark the birthday and our contribution to the public policy debate on energy and climate issues until now and going forward.

While the Coronavirus pandemic has caused the COP conference to be delayed until mid-2021, the online event invited open discussion on the Centre’s 5 key messages that are ultimately aimed at informing the COP, but which we believe are relevant and important at considering the ‘Just Transition’ in a range of wider public policy contexts (including the current challenge of economic recovery).

The event was opened by the Chair of the Centre’s Advisory Group, former energy minister Brian Wilson, followed by an address by the Centre’s Director Professor Karen Turner. We then had an open Q & A followed by an informal online networking session.

All-Energy Plenary - The Path to Net Zero

Professor Karen Turner presented at the All Energy Plenary Session Webinar - Path to Net Zero which was held on May 13th, she was joined by Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change(Pre-recorded presentation) Keith Anderson, CEO, Scottish Power and Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre.

Interdisciplinary research for energy systems integration: understanding and promoting good practice

Net Zero and the Future of Energy with Chris Stark

Chris Stark, the Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change is the keynote speaker for this collaborative event which will explore opportunities and challenges for achieving Net-Zero. Starting with a review of low carbon energy policy evolution in the past few years, Chris will outline the increasing need for prompt action to address climate change.

  • How to make effective use of ‘all of the tools in the box’ including energy efficiency, renewable energy, as well as carbon capture and storage to deliver Net Zero?
  • What will help address the significant challenge of moving consumers from attitudes to behaviours, whilst recognising the need to achieve a Just Transition for all?
  • What can professionals and experts in the energy sector do to support and deliver this Net Zero Energy System Challenge? 

The audience will have the opportunity to put their questions to Chris Stark and the panel about the key challenges for achieving the Net Zero Future Energy System.

Many thanks to the Centre for Energy Policy and the University of Strathclyde for hosting this event, SHFCA and Energy at Edinburgh for facilitation, and Arup for supporting this event.