Conference

Energy Transitions 2018

Leadership in a climate of disruptive change

19 Mar 2018 - 09:30 to 20 Mar 2018 - 13:30
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Chatham House, London

Overview

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? 

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To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Monday 19 March
0920

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 

Speakers 
Christoph Frei, Chief Executive and Secretary General, World Energy Council 
Manuel Szapiro, Cabinet Member of Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission 
Baroness Brown of Cambridge FREng, FRS, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee
Mark Wesley Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy

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?

Chair
Nick Butler, Energy Commentator, Financial Times; Visiting Professor and Chair, Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London

Speakers 
Dan Domeracki, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, Schlumberger Limited​
Teresa Ponce de Leão, President, Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia
Seth Roberts, Global Director, Energy & Climate Change, The Dow Chemical Company
Peter Fischer, Deputy Director-General in the German Foreign Office 
Lord Deben, Chairman, UK Committee on Climate Change and Chairman, Sancroft International ​

Questions and discussion 

1300 – 1400 Lunch

Session Three | The Future Shape of the Electricity Sector
1400 – 1530

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?

Chair
Daniel Quiggin, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House 

Speakers 
Robert Armstrong, Director, MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering 
Barbara Vest, Director of Generation, Energy UK 
Matthias Buck, Head of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende
Brian Davis, Vice President, Integrated Energy Solutions, Shell 

Questions and discussion 

1530 – 1600 Refreshments  

Session Four | Mapping the Road for Electric Vehicles
1600 – 1730

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? 

Speakers
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

1730 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?

Speakers 
Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission; Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking
David Nelson, Executive Director for Energy Finance, Climate Policy Initiative
Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD 
Carsten Jung, Lead on Climate Risk Analysis, International Directorate, Bank of England 
Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation

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?

Speakers
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 

Questions and discussion

13:00 End of conference

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Speakers

Robert Armstrong to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Robert Armstrong

Director, MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering

Baroness Brown of Cambridge to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Baroness Brown of Cambridge FREng, FRS

Deputy Chair, Committee on Climate Change; Member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee

Nick Butler to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Nick Butler

Energy Commentator, Financial Times; Visiting Professor and Chair, Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London

Matthias Buck to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Matthias Buck

Head of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende

Dr Liana Cipcigan to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Dr Liana Cipcigan

Co-Director, Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence, Cardiff University

Laura Cozzi to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Laura Cozzi

Co-head, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency

Brian Davis to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Brian Davis

Vice President, Integrated Energy Solutions, Shell

Lord Deben to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Lord Deben

Chairman, UK Committee on Climate Change and Chairman, Sancroft International

Dan Domeracki to speak at Chatham House Competition Policy 2018 conference

Dan Domeracki

Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, Schlumberger Limited

Peter Fischer to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Peter Fischer

Deputy Director-General, German Foreign Office

Christoph Frei to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Dr Christoph Frei

CEO & Secretary General, World Energy Council

Antony Froggatt to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Antony Froggatt

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House

Seb Henbest to speak at Middle East and North Africa Energy 2018 conference

Seb Henbest

Head of EMEA and Lead Author, New Energy Outlook, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Carsten Jung to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Carsten Jung

Lead on Climate Risk Analysis, International Directorate, Bank of England

Sam Kimmins to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Sam Kimmins

Head of RE100, The Climate Group

Alzbeta Klein to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation

Mark Wesley Menezes

Under Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy

David Nelson to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

David Nelson

Executive Director for Energy Finance, Climate Policy Initiative

Teresa Ponce de Leao to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Teresa Ponce de Leão

President, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal

Daniel Quiggin

Daniel Quiggin

Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Seth Roberts to speak at the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Seth Roberts

Global Director, Energy & Climate Change, The Dow Chemical Company

John Scowcroft to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

John Scowcroft

Executive Advisor for EMEA, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute

Luke Sussams to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Luke Sussams

Senior Researcher, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Manuel Szapiro to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Manuel Szapiro

Cabinet Member of Vice-President for the Energy Union, European Commission

Lord Adair Turner to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Lord Adair Turner

Chair, Energy Transitions Commission; Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking

Barbara Vest to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Barbara Vest

Director of Generation, Energy UK

Mona Yew to speak at Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Mona Yew

Director, China Demand-Side Management and Energy Efficiency Project, Natural Resources Defence Council, China

Pricing and booking information 

Ways to book:

  1. Phone: Call Charlie Burnett Rae on +44 (0)20 7957 5727
  2. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  3. Email/Post: Download a PDF registration form, complete and return to Louisa Troughton via email or post to: Louisa Troughton, Chatham House, 10 St. James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE  
  RATE (+VAT): 
  
Partners and major corporate members 
All organizations£645
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,390
Government departments£820
NGOs and academics£540
Non-members 
Commercial organizations£1,535
Government departments£920
NGOs and academics£595

 

Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.

Sponsors

Schlumberger to sponsor the Chatham House Energy Transitions 2018 conference

Shell to sponsor the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa Energy 2016 conference

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Sandra Smits on+44 (0) 20 7314 3699

Media partners

Natural Gas World to partner with Chatham House on its Middle East and North Africa Energy 2018 conference  Bloomberg New Energy Finance media partner of Chatham House Infrastructure Finance 2015 conference  Carbon Tracker RE100, The Climate Group  Energy UK 

If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact 
Ayesha Arif on +44 (0)20 7957 5753

Supporting organizations

British Photovoltaic Association Windsor Energy Group Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute

If you are interested in becoming a supporting organization for this event, please contact 
Ayesha Arif on +44 (0)20 7957 5753

Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
[email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7957 5727
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your own event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

Directions
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

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Accommodation
Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
13 Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
[email protected]

Classic Double without breakfast: £195 +VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1U 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
[email protected] 

Classic Room without breakfast: £205 +VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7493 0111
Fax: 020 7493 7121
[email protected]

Classic Queen without breakfast: £247 +VAT
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Press registration

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists.

Press can request a press pass.

Contact us 

For enquiries relating to the conference agenda or sponsorship please call Sandra Smits on +44 (0) 20 7314 3699

For registration enquiries please call Charlie Burnett Rae on +44 (0)20 7957 5727

For general enquiries please email [email protected]