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Powering Net Zero

Learn how you can make significant progress towards achieving net zero emissions.

A number of countries and companies are making commitments to move to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 at the latest, an objective everyone must aim to accomplish in order to halt climate change. The technologies necessary to meet this goal already exist - now companies must finalise their strategies to ensure it is reached.

Progress towards net zero emissions can be achieved through; renewable and nuclear generation, electric or fuel cell electric (hydrogen) vehicles, the use of heat pumps, hydrogen, energy efficiency, and demand management technologies, all of which will be covered at this conference. 

Topics explored include:

  • What does a net-zero system look like?
  • Insights into short, medium and long-term future trends
  • What fundamental changes are needed to transform the electricity system?
  • The consumer perspective: what new business models, services, products, incentives or regulations would support the changes required in customer behaviour/demand?
  • What is the broader role of technology to drive the transformation?
  • What is the pathway and future requirements to increasing onshore and offshore wind and solar on the system?
  • What role will hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture storage (CCS) play?
  • What changes are needed in the network – transmission and distribution?
  • What infrastructure and investment is required?
  • What regulation, policies and initiatives must follow?


For more information, please visit https://www.energyinst.org/whats-on/search/powering-net-zero.


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Speakers include

  • Michael Lewis FEI, Chief Executive, E.ON
  • Lindsay McQuade, CEO, Scottish Power Renewables
  • Scott Milne, Head of Insights, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Laura Sandys, CEO, Challenging Ideas
  • Andy Hadland AMEI, Chief Development Officer, Arenko Group
  • Fintan Slye FEI, Director UK System Operation, National Grid ESO
  • Dhara Vyas, Head of Future Energy Services, Citizen’s Advice

08 Oct 2020

Add to Calendar 10/08/2020 08:15 10/08/2020 19:00 Powering Net Zero Learn how you can make significant progress towards achieving net zero emissions. Marylebone, London W1G 7AR, UK


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Registration Information

IET members are entitled to 20% off the published price – please enter promo code IETPNZ20 when booking.

Reasons to attend

  • Hear from expert speakers excelling in this area
  • Gain key insights into the policies, technologies and people needed to reach net-zero
  • Network with professionals from across the energy sector


Energy Institute

61 New Cavendish Street
United Kingdom




Registration and refreshments


Welcome from the chair


Welcome from the Energy Institute


A scene-setter from the Committee on Climate Change and moderated discussion


CEO panel discussion/interview

  • Challenges, the scale of the problems, and potential solutions
  • Decarbonisation of electricity
  • Electricity for heating, transport, and power
  • How is electricity stepping up?
  • Upgrading the network
  • Hydrogen and bio-gas


Refreshments and networking


The customer perspective

  • Insights into new business models – how does demand need to change?
  • Residential consumers and changing consumer behaviours
  • Industrial, commercial/retail and data centres
  • Cities and local area energy systems
  • Buildings
  • Transport
  • Heating and cooling


Generation, interconnections, and storage

  • How do you make demand changes and meet challenges?
  • Overcoming the challenges in an affordable manner
  • Building constraints
  • What will the future energy mix look like?
  • Renewables - offshore and onshore wind, solar, and hydro
  • Flexible generation and storage
  • Future interconnection
  • Nuclear
  • Hydrogen and electrolysis or clean/green gas


Lunch and networking


Networks, distribution, and transmission

  • How does the distribution network change with DER?
  • How to integrate high percentage intermittent renewables
  • T&D interface - ESO-DSO interaction
  • The impact of digitisation
  • How it all works together
  • How does the grid and the system need to change and what progress has been made to date?
  • Investment and infrastructure
  • Flexible generation and storage


Refreshments and networking


Regulation, policy, and initiatives

  • What does the government need to do to support zero carbon?
  • How does the regulatory framework need to evolve?
  • Examples of initiatives, policies and changes needed
  • The role of CCUS and nuclear
  • The role of hydrogen
  • Digitisation
  • Sector coupling – electricity, heat, and transport
  • Demonstration at scale
  • The role of nuclear


How can we achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions?


Summary from the chair and closing remarks


Drinks reception


End of conference

Programme subject to change





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