Centre for Energy PolicyEvents

We believe that bringing people working across different sectors and disciplines together is critical to promoting thoughtful, insightful and evidence-based discourse on energy and climate issues and to making our work more effective and impactful. We hold a range of interactive events which you can explore below including our Energy Conversations series.

Upcoming Events

CEP Energy Conversation – Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage – an evolving but challenging industry opportunity?  

The Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde is happy to announce the next Energy Conversation in the latest series.

The online Energy Conversation is titled ‘CCUS - an evolving but challenging industry opportunity?’ and will take place on the 29th of April at 15:30 to 16:30.

The Energy Conversations are designed to be open forums for conversation on a topical energy and climate related theme. The event welcomes participants from a wide range of organisations, backgrounds and is open to members of the public, students and professionals.  

The event will be chaired by the established journalist Alf Young who now writes for the Scottish edition of The Times and will encourage open discussion between a diverse panel and audience members. 

Speakers include:

  • David Holman, Business Development Executive, Pale Blue Dot Energy
  • Dr Graeme Sweeney, Chairman, Zero Emissions Platform
  • Professor Karen Turner, Director, Centre for Energy Policy

The online Energy Conversation will explore:  

  1. Does CCUS create an evolving industry opportunity for both Scotland and the UK, and if so, what policy levers and wider actions will be needed to evolve and shift to a sustainable industrial landscape in Scotland and the UK?
  2. What are the greatest challenges for policymakers, industry and the wider stakeholder community?
  3. How can the competitiveness of UK industries, particularly those challenged to engage in carbon capture activity, be sustained on a CCUS pathway?
  4. What role can CCUS play in sustaining economic activity, contributing to a Just Transition and facilitating emission reduction?

To register for the event please visit Eventbrite

Read about previous Conversations

We are hosting an event as part of Engage with Strathclyde – the University’s flagship programme of events taking place throughout May 2021.  It will explore the role of evidence in ensuring transitions to mid-century net zero targets deliver sustainable and more equitable prosperity.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Click here to register.

Past Events

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?  

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. Watch the recording here.

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.

This workshop is aimed at developing best practice guidelines for effective and coherent energy systems integration research in the UK, co-hosted by CESI, Energy Technology Partnership, and Energy Systems Catapult. Find out more info.

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.