Energy transitions 2024

Join industry experts, decision makers and senior leaders to explore the race for energy sovereignty, affordable energy infrastructure, industrial transition pathways, the future of renewable technologies and critical materials.

Conference
12 March 2024 TO 13 March 2024 — 8:00AM TO 12:30PM
Chatham House and Online
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New frontiers of the energy transition

Recent years have witnessed a continuous shift in climate and energy policy with significant implications for the acceleration of the energy transition. Growing recognition of worsening climate impacts, the war in Ukraine, increased government engagement in industrial strategies and inflationary pressures have driven decarbonization, energy security, and affordability to the top of international agendas.

However, industrial policies such as the US’s Inflation Reduction Act and EU Green Industrial Strategy have disrupted the traditional dynamics of this energy trilemma. With this comes new avenues for competition and collaboration for businesses and governments in pursuit of a clean, affordable, and secure global energy system.

Join policymakers and senior leaders from the private sector, multilateral organizations, government agencies, academia, and NGOs for two days of high-level panel discussions, networking sessions and an interactive workshop. The second day is dedicated to an in-person workshop on the future of energy systems, exclusive to in-person participants only and held under the Chatham House rule. 

Why attend?

  • Understand the key policy shifts, geopolitical developments and global mega-trends shaping the energy transition.
  • Discover innovative approaches and actionable steps to optimise demand management and accelerate the green industrial revolution.
  • Share your perspective on which critical materials, technologies and investment strategies will deliver the energy system of the future.

Who attends?

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The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

Join us at our world-famous Grade II listed home in beautiful St James Square, London.

Agenda

Tuesday 12 March (timings subject to change)

Industrial policy and the energy trilemma

  • What impacts have industrial policies such as the 2023 Inflation Reduction Act in the US and the EU’s Green Deal Industrial Plan had?
  • How do these compare with developments across the ‘Global South’ and in China?
  • Are industrial policies adequately addressing current climate targets and competing concerns for energy security and economic stability?
  • To what extent is increasing protectionism fostering national competitiveness within the green economy and beyond?

  • What are the implications for supply chains and trade relationships around traditional and renewable energy sources as governments look to increase self-sufficiency?

Speakers
Markus Hicken, Director for Energy Diplomacy, Climate and Security, German Federal Foreign Office
Xi Liang, Professor, Sustainable Transitions in Construction and Infrastructure, University College London
Chair: Bernice Lee, Research Director, Futures; Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability; Chair, Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Board

0900–1015

Networking break

1015–1045

Building affordable energy systems

  • How can energy-efficient infrastructure in key sectors such as residential and non-domestic built environment and transportation be integrated to reduce consumer costs? 
  • Where should investment, government subsidies and regulation be targeted for maximum impact?
  • What challenges face the widespread development of renewable and grid infrastructure projects?

  • What strategies can be employed to promote consumer awareness and behaviour change for more effective demand side management?

Speakers
Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Research Fellow, Energy, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Dominic Hurndall, Partner, Oaklin Consultancy
Lucy Yu, CEO, Octopus Centre for Net Zero
Chair: Laura Sandys CBE, Non-Executive Director SSE Transmission, Highview Power

1045–1200

Keynote address

Speakers
The Rt Hon Claire Countinho MP, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Department of Energy Security and Net Zero, United Kingdom
Chair: Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

1200–1230

Networking lunch

1230–1330

Keynote address

Speakers
Anders Lindberg, President, Wärtsilä Energy 
Chair: Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

1330–1400

Navigating net zero

  • Are policy signals and/or market demand for green products and services sufficient to drive investment in industrial decarbonization at the pace necessary?
  • What do businesses want from policymakers and vice versa? 
  • What role will international collaboration play in delivering global decarbonization targets and how can multinational companies and national governments foster greener supply chains?

  • How is the energy transition reshaping job markets and how are government and industry leaders plugging the green skills gap?

Speakers
Dr Sue Armstrong-Brown, Director of Thought Leadership, CDP
Brendan Devlin, Adviser, International Just Transition, Methane and Hydrocarbon Phase Out, Energy Platform Task Force, DG Energy, European Commission
Anders Lindberg, President, Wärtsilä Energy
Lapo Pistelli, Director of Public Affairs, ENI
Chair: Hannah Thomas-Peters, Climate Change and Energy Correspondent, Sky News

1400–1515

Networking break

1515–1545

Spotlight discussion: Critical materials

Exclusive to in person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

  • Who are the new critical materials superpowers?
  • How are national energy security and mineral sovereignty concerns shaping multilateral alliances and strategic geopolitical relationships?
  • How is the rapid evolution of green technologies driving demand for critical materials both in terms of supply and processing capacity?

  • What does a resilient and sustainable critical materials value chain look like and who are the key players?
  • What role might circular economy approaches play in serving the resource needs of the green energy transition?


Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environment Policy, Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, Facult of Built Environment, University College London
Marit Kitaw, Interim Director, African Minerals Development Centre
Jonatham Dunn, Head of Climate, Anglo American
Dr Patrick Schröder, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House
Chair: Shiela Khama, Senior Associate, Africa Programme, Chatham House

1545–1700

Drinks reception

1700–1800

End of day one

1800

Wednesday 13 March (timings subject to change)

In conversation: Energy transition landscape

Which policy shifts, technological innovations and global mega-trends have the potential to disrupt energy transition trajectories?

Exclusive to in person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

Speakers
Chris Stark, CEO, Climate Change Committee
Chair: Akshat Rathi, Senior Climate Change Reporter, Bloomberg News

0900–0930

Roundtable 1 | Accelerating the shift to a net-zero energy system

Exclusive to in person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

  • What does a “transition away” from fossil fuels look like?
  • What are the implications for the explosion in voluntary carbon markets and future expansion of compliance markets?
  • How can we effectively manage risks, such as land grabbing, poor quality negative emission offsets and huge costs?

Speakers
Tzeporah Berman, Chair, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Amir Lebdioui, Associate Professor of the Political Economy of Development, Oxford Department for International Development
M J Mace, Senior Teaching Fellow, Law, Environment and Development Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dan Quiggin, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House
Valérie Marcel, Executive Director, New Producers for Sustainable Energy 
Chair: Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

0930–1100

Roundtable 2 | Behavioural change

Exclusive to in person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

  • What transformational systems change is required to empower collective community action towards energy production and consumption?
  • What does behavioural science and research studies on demand management in other sectors, such as recycling, plastic and water, tell us about the most effective methods to engage and communicate the need for demand reduction and retool existing systems for lasting change?
  • How can non-policy actors support in cultivating a more “demand aware” environment around energy and its benefits?
  • How do policymakers navigate threats such as “greenlash” and enable governments with the social license to implement demand-side policy?

Speakers
Laura Cunliffe-Hall, Policy Manager, Institution of Civil Engineers
Toby Park, Principal Advisor, Head of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, Behavioural Insights
Dr Christina Demski, Deputy Director of CAST
Josh Dugdale, Parter, Urge Collective
Prof. Dr. Felix Creutzig, Head of working group Land Use, Infrastructure and Transport, and Chair of Sustainability Economics at Technische Universität Berlin
Chair: Ruth Townend, Research Fellow, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

0930–1100

Session 5 | Energy teX factor

Exclusive to in person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

 

Bringing together five innovators to pitch their solutions to a panel of expert respondents, this dynamic session explores the world of emerging energy tech.
 

  • What does the energy sector of the future look like?

  • Which policy incentives are needed to drive development of energy storage, electrolysers, hydrogen production, smart grid infrastructure, and renewables?

  • How do the investment needs and commercialization timelines of these solutions like energy storage, smart grid infrastructure and novel electricity generation compare?

  • Which technology categories will have the greatest impact in the short and long term race to a secure and affordable net-zero?

Speakers
Anna Bazley, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, ENODA
Prof Ryan Williams, Chief Economist ENODA and Prof of Finance at Paris Dauphin  
Iain Tobin, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and CFO, Carbon Clearn
Nicholas Beatty, Founding Director, Zenobē Energy Limited  

Fiona Reilly, UK Strategy Lead, XLinks 

Chair: Richard Delevan, Co-founder, Wicked Problems

1100–1230

End of conference

1230

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