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Inclusion, Equality and Diversity Conference 2021

Dates: held on 28 - 29 April 2021
Time: n/a
Location: FREE to attend two-day virtual event

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Energy UK in partnership with Ofgem
Sponsored by Accenture

Energy UK’s second Inclusion, Equality & Diversity Conference - in partnership with Ofgem and sponsored by Accenture - was our most successful event to date. Attendees listened to insights from senior industry figures and experts, debating inclusion and diversity (I&D) and how we can drive positive change across the sector.

The two-day virtual conference was free to attend. It featured keynote speakers, panel discussions and ‘in conversation’ sessions as well as many interactive elements including polls, Q&A and a networking area and exhibition hall where attendees engaged with other delegates, speakers, partners and networks. 

The full programme covered a wide variety of cross-cutting issues including: 

  • Leadership: how to increase diversity at senior levels within the sector and the role of leaders in creating more diverse energy landscape,
  • Data: how improved data and monitoring can improve diversity and inclusion  
  • Net zero: how I&D is critical to meeting the net zero target
  • and Collaboration: how individuals, businesses and organisations can work together & share best practice. 

The two-day virtual conference discussed visibility and voice of under-represented groups, employee engagement and culture, flexible working and inclusion post-coronavirus and the power of networks, among other topics.

The event had an overarching theme of ‘from intention to action’ with practical tips, case studies and advice for individuals, organisations and businesses to take away. Check the programme below and sponsor our next event by contacting Sam Hollister (Sam.Hollister[at]energy-uk.org.uk).

Energy UK’s is committed to show leadership and increase inclusion and diversity within the energy sector. Find out more about Energy UK’s Equality and Diversity Forum here.

Read our brochure on some of the positive steps being taken by the energy industry in equality, diversity and inclusion. Find the brochure here.

Energy Hustings - Scottish Parliament Election 2021

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Time: 09:00 - 10.30

The upcoming 2021 Scottish Parliament elections will be pivotal to rebuilding Scotland’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic and the delivery of a green recovery.

At this online hustings event we will explore how each of Scotland’s political parties will seek to ensure that our future energy system is low-carbon, and their respective positions on energy consumer issues.

We will be joined by the following party spokespeople:

  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP – Scottish National Party
  • Alexander Burnett MSP – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Sarah Boyack MSP - Scottish Labour Party
  • Mark Ruskell MSP – Scottish Green Party
  • Liam McArthur MSP – Scottish Liberal Democrats

Event attendees will be able to put their questions on the future of Scotland’s energy system to each party spokesperson.

The smart way to charge an electric vehicle: What's next for industry and Government policy?

From 2030 new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out, and from 2035 the only new cars and vans available to purchase will be zero-emission. This revolution in personal mobility will run in parallel to the energy sector’s own dramatic transformation, which is already well underway, whereby over half of power generation now comes from low carbon sources in an increasingly decentralised and digitalised energy system.  

Smart charging will be key to getting these two processes work together harmoniously.  And to ensure that’s the case, Government will soon require all chargepoints to be smart. Beyond these device level requirements, discussions are ongoing on how to ensure the EV charging system as a whole is cyber secure and enables consumer switching. Using the smart meter system as the basis from smart charging has been tabled by Government as one option with others also being explored, each with different pros and cons. 

A new report commissioned by Energy UK – to be launched at the event – assesses some of these different approaches, in particular discussing the opportunities and trade-offs from using different smart charging eco-systems. A panel discussion of industry experts will delve into the topic and explore the current policy environment, discussing what industry and Government are (and should be) doing to develop an enduring solution for smart charging.   

Speakers

  • Joseph Cosier, Policy Manager for New Energy Services and Heat, Energy UK
  • Tom Pakenham, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, OVO Energy
  • Emma Roberts, Head of EV Smart Energy Policy, Office for Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Jeremy Yapp, Head of Flexible Energy Systems, BEAMA

Is 2021 the biggest year for the Scottish energy industry

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021
Time: 9:30 – 10:30

2021 is a big year for the energy sector and for Scotland. At the end of last year, the Scottish Government published the updated Climate Change Plan and their Hydrogen Policy Statement. The work to develop the 4th National Planning Framework continues and the draft Public Engagement Strategy is out for consultation. With Scottish Parliament elections on the horizon 2021 is sure to shape the future of the energy industry, in Scotland, Westminster and beyond.

Join us for a discussion on the energy industry in Scotland, the opportunities coming out of the Scottish government’s publications and strategies, the approach to customer engagement, what we need to see in a planning system to help deliver net zero by 2045 and what the election will mean for the future of energy policy, including the ramifications in Westminster.

Our panel of experts include:

  • Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables
  • Mohammed Sultan Hussein, Director of Public Affairs, PLMR
  • Professor Keith Bell, Professor of electronic and electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde and member of the Committee on Climate Change 
  • Sarah Chisnall, Head of Scottish Policy, Ombudsman Services
  • Simon Markall, Head of Public Affairs, Energy UK (Chair)

Energy White Paper Breakfast Briefing - 28 January 2021

The UK Government’s Energy White Paper was published in December 2020 and 2021 is already being billed as the first year to deliver substantial progress against its objectives.

On Thursday 28 January Energy UK hostied a panel of experts to discuss the paper – and what it means for the industry, customers and the environment. We discussed what ways the paper is a cornerstone providing a predictable and stable policy framework that gives confidence to investors, setting the foundations for the next decade of energy policy to support the delivery of net zero by 2050.

This breakfast briefing explored the White Paper’s contents to understand from a whole industry perspective what the paper means for the future of energy policy and the essential role that the UK energy industry will play both in delivering on its objectives but also help enable other sectors to deliver net zero. Where are the opportunities - but also the remaining gaps in policy and regulation - for the industry in terms of job growth and developing new innovative services, whilst as the same time playing a significant part in building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so many consultations and policy papers expected in 2021 and 2022 we will also explore what areas we can expect further policy clarification on and what that might mean for the industry and customers.

Speakers

This Breakfast briefing was chaired by Abbie Sampson, Director of External affairs, Energy UK and Panelists on the day included:

  • Josh Buckland, Director, Flint Global
  • Robert Buckley, Head of Relationship Development, Cornwall Insight
  • Isabella O'Dowd, Senior Climate change Specialist, WWF-UK
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of future energy services, Citizens Advice

Webinar: Customer Protections in Energy Services - 14 January 2021

Join representatives from Energy UK, Citizens Advice, and the Association for Decentralised Energy as we launch a joint report exploring customer protections in emerging energy services.

The report sets out an initial review of the risks apparent as the range of services offered to consumers expands. Bundled products, time of use tariffs, and offerings with multiple providers have the potential to increase complexity for consumers while also providing potential opportunities for decarbonisation and cost savings. It is, therefore, vital that the energy industry proactively monitor these potential impacts and, where appropriate, takes steps to address the gaps in existing protections.

Speakers

  • Audrey Gallagher, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy, Energy UK
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services, Citizen’s Advice
  • Caroline Bragg, Head of Policy, ADE
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