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.

Past Events

Friday 5 November, Blue Zone, Hall 4, SEC or accessible online

The decarbonisation of industry requires a reinvention of production processes with access to a vast new network of climate infrastructures delivering low-carbon electricity, energy carriers, feedstock and abatement solutions. How can we realise this major transformation of our economy in a way that sees new opportunities, jobs and growth return to our industrial heartlands and beyond? How can government enable climate leadership in an industry that remains competitive today and gains an advantage tomorrow? And how can we deliver the new climate infrastructures as the backbone of the net-zero economy at the right scale, pace and price?

In two panel discussions, we will discuss the plans and actions to achieve a just transition for high carbon industries, the potential of the ‘building back better’ and ‘levelling up’ agendas, and the international opportunities around the provision of net-zero climate infrastructures.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lee Beck, Clean Air Task Force 
  • Jane Cooper, Orsted
  • Cecile Faraud, C40 Cities
  • Ane Gjengeda, Advisor, Norwegian Ministryfor Petroleum and Energy
  • Andy Lane,  Net Zero Teesside
  • Luciana Miu, EPG
  • Nick Molho, Aldersgate Group
  • Cordi O’Hara, National Grid Ventures
  • Anne-Beth Skrede, Special Advisor, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
  • Hilde Tonne, Statnett
  • Professor Karen Turner,  Centre for Energy Policy

Please note that this is a Blue Zone event, and any attendees will need to have the appropriate credentials to enter the area and attend the event. If you have accreditation you do not need to register in advance.

If you do not have accreditation, you can access the event online.

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

Speakers included:

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


NECCUS launched 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 are 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 took place on the first Wednesday of each month at 13h, beginning December 2nd, and included a short update on relevant news followed by presentations from invited speakers.

Our first webinar was ‘Why decarbonise industry in Scotland?'.  This provided 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 extended the speaker list and ran a 90-minute webinar to allow a range of perspectives to be presented and discussed.

Speakers were:

  • 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 were open to all and operate under the Chatham House Rule to encourage open discussion and gain insight into participants’ views.  Polling was used where it was appropriate and we have shared presentations and polling results with participants.

All webinars were delivered through GoToMeeting. 

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 we 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 was 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 was the keynote speaker for this collaborative event which explored 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 had 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.