East Midlands Energy Summit

Host: University of Nottingham

Location: The Nottingham Belfry, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Date: Thursday, 5th December 2019 at 8.30am - 1.30pm

Cost: FREE

Held in partnership with the University of Nottingham, through the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team, the East Midlands Energy Summit will explore how Government, business, academia and civil society come together to ensure that clean growth can positively impact our futures and support the necessary action to be taken on climate change.

With its manufacturing heritage, energy generation expertise and innovative business and academic base, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients to be at the forefront of discussions around the future of energy generation, security, supply and storage. This Summit will provide a platform for businesses to explore what this means for them and the roles they can play as Government looks to transition the UK to a low carbon economy. It will also detail  the economic opportunities that exist for the region to play a leading role in the exciting Energy agenda.

The Summit will provide an informative insight into the current and future landscape of the energy system. Through a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops, attendees will be able to discuss and explore:

Government plans to implement the Industrial Strategy’s ‘Grand Challenge’, to maximise the advantages for UK Industry from the global shift to clean growth.

What would hitting the Government’s zero net carbon target by 2050 practically look like for East Midlands businesses and how do we get there.

How can businesses develop, implement and commercialise the low carbon technologies, innovative systems and services that will be needed as the world acts to tackle climate change.

The new funding models and technologies that exist to support investment and development of a new wave of low carbon energy.

What competitive edge can be gained by businesses driving down energy usage and costs and accelerating the shift to sustainable sources of energy.

Why attend

  • Understand the future of energy supply, demand and security and the implications for your business
  • Understand how the current political environment may impact on energy supply and cost 
  • Hear about the development of new technologies to ensure business demands are met in the near future and beyond
  • Understand the direction of travel and future of energy supply and cost 
  • Hear from industry specialists on how energy creation can be decoupled from carbon emissions to ensure that climate change targets are met
  • Be part of the discussion on what the regional energy strategy should look like 
  • Explore the range of support available to business in the region, which support reduction of energy usage and your carbon footprint
  • Network with like-minded businesses 

Agenda (to be finalised) 

08.30 - Registration - teas, coffees and networking

09:00 - Welcome and purpose of the Summit - Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

09.10 - Welcome from the University of Nottingham - How the University is building a sustainable future (Speaker tbc)

09.30 - Overview of the localised energy strategies and detail of new technologies on the horizon - Wayne Bexton, Head of Energy Services, Commercial, Infrastructure and Energy, Nottingham City Council

09.50 - Exploring the supply side and the future of decarbonisation of heat, power generation and energy storage - Uniper Energy Services*

*Uniper are an international energy company with a portfolio of technologically advanced large-scale assets and was formed by the separation of E.ON's fossil fuel assets. Uniper owns and runs the  Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station.


10.10 - Energy research at the University of Nottingham. Transforming innovative research into real-world solutions - Professor Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham

10.30 – Choice of workshops (tbc)

11.00 - Break

11.15 - Energy infrastructure: What are the plans to manage the changing demands on the current infrastructure, including views on the impact of additional electric vehicle usage, energy storage capabilities and grid flexibility- Paul Jewell, Western Power Distribution 

11.35 –Government policy and strategy - BEIS (Invited)

11.55 - Future of energy creation: The development of Small Modular Reactors - Martin Goodfellow, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Rolls-Royce plc

12:15 - Business case study - practical applications (tbc)

12:35 - Panel Discussion on topics raised on the day

13.15 - Close, buffet lunch and networking




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