Getting Serious About Net Zero: what must we do now?

9:45 AM - 5:00 PM, 24 September 2019
British Institute of Energy Economics , BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London,SW1H 0ET, United Kingdom


2018’s IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees C has put the achievement of ‘net zero’ emissions at centre stage for energy and climate policy around the world.  How - and how quickly - we can eliminate all (net) greenhouse gas emissions is now a key focus, driving more intense focus on radical innovation, technologies and policies.  The Committee on Climate Change is publishing its advice on when and how the UK could achieve net zero emissions this spring.  The challenges for energy policy are formidable, putting hard to decarbonise sectors like heat and industry under the microscope.  Thinking net zero implies a step change – a genuinely economy-wide approach with no room for a ‘too difficult’ set of emissions.

The BIEE’s ‘Getting Serious about Net Zero’ policy conference will get to grips with the implications of net zero for the UK, as well as the CCC’s published advice.  Leading figures from across government, industry, finance and academia will discuss the challenges for difficult to decarbonise sectors; the new policy drivers needed; the role of new technologies and innovation; and Britain’s industrial strategy and global role.

The focus will be on what action needs to begin now to put the UK onto a credible trajectory towards net zero on a timescale that is consistent with a leading role for the UK in meeting the global challenge.  The BIEE policy conference will offer an engaging mix of perspectives from great speakers, the chance to debate and challenge new thinking, and opportunities to network with a unique mix of policy makers, experts, financiers and energy industry leaders.

  • Beyond power: Decarbonising heat, transport and industry
  • Driving the energy transition: what are the carbon policy levers?
  • Low carbon energy technologies and the role of innovation
  • Panel Debate: UK industrial policy and the global climate challenge

Confirmed speakers include

Chris Stark, Chief Executive, The Committee on Climate Change

Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult

Jo Coleman, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell

Neil Morris, CEO, The Faraday Institution

Who Attends?

The conference is aimed at energy analysts, researchers, strategy and policy thinkers from all backgrounds, including industry, academia and research organisations, government, the finance community, NGOs and consultancies.


Earlybird rates are available until July 31st and discounts are available for academics. For delegate fees and to register click here