Energy Transitions 2018
Leadership in a climate of disruptive change
Transformational change and technological innovation coupled with recent political transitions have caused many to reassess the most important drivers and steps on the road towards affordable, reliable and sustainable energy internationally.
Increasingly, hydrocarbon producers are adapting their business models, utilities are adopting new practices and infrastructures, and downstream technologies are empowering consumers towards greater efficiencies. Progress is clear, but questions remain across the energy supply chain with regard to the most effective measures, the respective roles of different actors, and the specific obstacles that economies and sectors will face in the accelerating energy transition.
In this context, the third annual Chatham House Energy Transitions conference will bring together leading policy-makers, business leaders and industry experts to explore:
- How does the world access and use energy? Where can different technological innovations be most effectively harnessed? What are the risks?
- What impact will recent political transitions have on future global energy governance? In its absence, what are the opportunities for alternative leadership?
- Where in the energy supply chain is there the greatest potential for gains, across producers, distributors and consumers? How can these gains be practically realised?
- Which measures are most effective in closing the investment gap?
- Is full electrification realisable? Is it desirable?
- How can governments and businesses facilitate transitions whilst causing minimal disruption?
- What are the implications across competitiveness, resource stability and growth?
Monday 19 March
Session One | A Global Challenge
0920 - 1100
This opening session will examine whether there is a gap in global energy governance and, if so, whether it can be bridged, exploring potential avenues for cooperation between developed and developing countries as well as government and industry actors.
- What have recent experiences demonstrated about the effectiveness of multilateral energy policy?
- Can energy policy keep pace with the emergence of major developing nations? How do regional perceptions of key issues vary?
- In the context of upcoming and ongoing political transitions, who should provide leadership on global energy governance reform?
- In what ways will the Trump administration define the speed and shape of energy transitions?
- How has Brexit affected the European initiative to create an integrated energy market and collaboration on energy policy more generally?
- To what extent is the private sector a key player in driving sustainable transitions and how can industry continue to take an active lead
Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Manuel Szapiro, Cabinet Member of Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission
Henning Wuester, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency
Baroness Brown of Cambridge FREng, FRS, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee
Christoph Frei, Chief Executive and Secretary General, World Energy Council
Questions and discussion
1100 – 1130 Refreshments
Session Two | The Geopolitics of the Shift to Renewables
1130 - 1300
This session will assess the global implications of transitioning from hydrocarbons to renewables in terms of the winners and losers, price and availability of energy sources as well as future resource demand.
- How will the move away from hydrocarbons impact different industries in developed and developing economies? Who stands to gain most from rapidly growing low-carbon energy sectors?
- How are hydrocarbon producers responding to the emergence of new energy technologies and how are international oil companies (IOCs) adapting their business models?
- Are renewables approaching a tipping point globally in terms of cost-effectiveness? What viable measures can fossil fuel rich countries employ to offset the lost contribution of hydrocarbons to economic growth?
- Is there likely to be a shift in focus from concern around security of supply for oil and gas to reliability of supply for electricity? What are the implications for global energy governance?
- As interconnection increases to transfer renewable power across borders, how will the increased trade of electricity reshape geopolitics? What does this mean for energy security?
Jillian Ambrose, Energy Editor, The Telegraph
Dan Domeracki, Vice President, Government, Industry and Corporate Stewardship, Schlumberger Limited
Lord Deben, Chairman, UK Committee on Climate Change and Chairman, Sancroft International
Peter Fischer, Deputy Director-General in the German Foreign Office
Teresa Ponce de Leão, President, The National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal
Seth Roberts, Global Director, Energy & Climate Change, The Dow Chemical Company
Questions and discussion
1300 – 1400 Lunch
Session Three | The Future Shape of the Electricity Sector
1400 – 1515
This session will explore the emerging electrification trend that is shaping the global energy system, examining further steps needed to consolidate it and the implications for maximizing energy efficiencies.
- Is affordable electricity storage close? Can this help resolve intermittent generation problems and provide additional flexibility to the power system?
- Is distributed generation a game changer and can microgrids provide access for all?
- How is power delivered via smart grid infrastructure? Can new blockchain technology be deployed to transform grid interaction and enhance connectivity?
- Will flexible demand and the Internet of Things uptake accelerate and reshape the sector? Is data, processing and ownership in the electricity sector become a dominating theme?
- How will ongoing shifts in political and policy structures affect the development of a competitive power sector? What are the opportunities for leadership from utilities and traditional energy companies?
- Is 100% electrification feasible and/or desirable? What are the implications of the diffusion of electrification into functions such as heating and cooling, infrastructure and transport?
Daniel Quiggin, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering
Brian Davis, Vice President, Energy Solutions, Shell
Barbara Vest, Director of Generation, Energy UK
Matthias Buck, Head of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende
Questions and discussion
1515 – 1545 Refreshments
Session Four | Mapping the Road for Electric Vehicles
1545 – 1700
This session will focus on the future of electric vehicles (EVs), exploring technological innovations, potential regulatory frameworks and implications for resource stability.
- Is government fostering innovation or are advances in battery technology facilitating policy changes?
- Will new legislation banning petrol and diesel vehicles accelerate the shift to EVs?
- Is mass market adoption around the corner? What do recent experiences indicate about the role of policy?
- Should ensuring the adoption of mass smart charging infrastructure be a priority now? If not, will peak demands on the electricity network inhibit adoption?
- Could the cost and scarcity of critical metals prove a major hurdle for manufacturing EVs? What are the social and environmental costs in the developing world where the raw materials for batteries are mined? What mechanism can be developed to reduce primary material dependencies?
- Will the impact of EVs on oil demand create further instability in oil-producing countries?
- What impact will autonomous vehicles have on EV adoption, alongside car-pooling?
Dr Matthew Lockwood, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter
Ministerial address (on the record)
Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport
Questions and discussion (on the record)
Dr. Liana Cipcigan, Co-Director Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence, Cardiff University
Luke Sussams, Senior Researcher, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Mona Yew, Director, China Demand-Side Management and Energy Efficiency Project, and Deputy Director, China program, Natural Resources Defence Council, China
Questions and discussion
1700 Close of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House
Tuesday 20 March
Session Five | Closing the Investment Gap
0930 – 1100
This session will assess the nature of the investment gap and consider the opportunities and risks associated with new regulations, transparency initiatives and scaling up low-carbon energy finance.
- In the context of ongoing economic uncertainty, how are priorities changing? Is there a perceived trade-off between ensuring commercial competitiveness and moving towards low-carbon energy? What is the relative importance of reputational concerns, consumer expectations and investor confidence?
- What impact will the growing trend towards climate-related financial risk disclosures by companies have on energy sector investment? Will this approach also be adopted in emerging economies, where most investment will take place?
- How can capital allocation be expedited effectively during the transition? Should stakeholders align measures such as foreign direct investment strategies, climate risk disclosures, energy subsidy reform and the expansion of carbon pricing? Is it ineffective to think of these in terms of silos?
- How are legislative changes and political transitions affecting investment decisions? What is the role of policy mechanisms for incentivizing private sector investment in enabling renewables?
- Are there opportunities for de-risking finance with public–private partnerships or is a subsidy-free future now in reach for a number of technologies and geographies as costs continue to fall?
Sini Matikainen, Policy Analyst, Grantham Institute, London School of Economics
Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission; Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking
Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation
Carsten Jung, Lead on Climate Risk Analysis, International Directorate, Bank of England
David Nelson, Executive Director for Energy Finance, Climate Policy Initiative
Nick Butler, Energy Commentator, Financial Times; Visiting Professor and Chair, Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London
Questions and discussion
1100 – 1130 Refreshments
Session Six | Shifting Perceptions
1130 – 1300
This panel discussion will assess the views of industry, policy and public actors in energy to explore how perceptions will continue to change and their relative importance for driving transitions globally.
- What do political trends indicate about how energy issues are prioritized globally? Is a paradigm shift under way in the developing world? How can this inform future strategy?
- To what extent have millennials come to embrace the sustainable energy transition? Are they opening up new opportunities for a decarbonized energy future?
- Are customer relationships with the energy sector being redefined? Can technological innovations and digital tools that enable demand-side response help empower consumers?
- Has there been a profound change in the public mood regarding energy in recent years? Will the conflict between a ‘black’ versus ‘green’ energy future shape the public debate on energy for a long time to come, and what could the dialogue look like? What are the alternatives?
Siân Bradley, Research Associate, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Laura Cozzi, Co-head, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group
John Scowcroft, Executive Advisor for EMEA, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute
Seb Henbest, Head of EMEA and Lead Author, New Energy Outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Philip Comberg, Board Member, NuBryte
Questions and discussion
1300 End of conference
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