Disrupting the UK energy system: causes, impacts and policy implications

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 19 June 2019
1-19 Torrington Place, University College London, United Kingdom

Join us on the 19th June for the launch of 'Disrupting the UK energy system: causes, impacts and policy implications'.

Following the IPCC report on limiting global warming to 1.5°C, and the recent CCC report on net-zero, there is increasing pressure for countries to go well beyond their Paris Agreement commitments - and to implement transitions to ‘net zero’ energy systems. This will require economy-wide changes that extend well beyond the energy system. A key feature of this emerging revolution will be the disruption of established technologies, markets and business models.

The report presents the findings from a major research project on disruptive change in energy systems, and explores three main questions:

  • What are the potential sources of disruption to the UK energy system?
  • Which sectors and actors might face particularly disruptive change?
  • How should government and other decision-makers respond to ensure that the low carbon transition is implemented successfully?


The event will run from 16.00-19.00, the agenda for the event is below:

16.00 – 16.30: Presentation of key findings
16.30 – 16.45: Q&A about the report
16.45 – 17.45: Panel discussion with questions from the floor
17.45 - 18.00: Wrap up from Chair
18.00 - 19.00: Networking session and refreshments

Confirmed panellists:

  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Becky Willis, Research Fellow, University of Exeter
  • Matthew Bilson, Head of Strategy - Energy Innovation, BEIS
  • Charlotte Ramsay, Program Director, National Grid ESO


The event will take place at 1-19 Torrington Place, University College London. The venue is fully accessible. If you have specifc audio-visual requirements please get in touch with j.bays@ukerc.ac.uk.

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