In vs Out: An Energy Perspective

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, 25 May 2016
UKERC , UCL, United Kingdom

This event is co-organized by the UK Energy Research Centre, the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and the UCL European Institute under its Britain & Europe series.

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25 May 2016, 4.30-6.30pm, UCL Main Campus, Bloomsbury: Anatomy G29 J Z Young Lrcture Theatre - Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

On 23 June, Britain will go to the polls in a referendum on whether to stay in, or leave, the EU. At this panel discussion, experts and policy-makers will consider the implications of either scenario for the UK’s energy system.

At a time when the European Commission is developing proposals for an Energy Union, has the EU got the balance right on the energy trilemma in the first place? And what might the threats be to that balance of a vote either way? Even if the UK votes to remain, what kind of Europe do we want?

As, irrespective of the outcome of the referendum, the UK will still need to have some relationship with the Energy Union and the wider energy system(s) of the European mainland and of Ireland, the panel will also discuss what this relationship might look like.

  • Ros Kellaway, Partner, Eversheds International
  • Professor Paul Ekins, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources and Deputy Director, UK Energy Research Centre
  • Dr Amelia Hadfield , Director of the Centre for European Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr Matthew Lockwood, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Policy Group in the School of Geography, University of Exeter
  • Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive Users Group
  • Dustin Benton, Head of Energy and Resources, The Green Alliance
About the Series

The electorate in Britain has become highly critical of the way the European Union operates. Since David Cameron called a referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU following his renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with the Union, public opinion – and thus campaigning – has hinged centrally on how the Union is judged to perform in certain policy areas. Yet what are the concrete facts underlying our often highly politicized perception of key policy areas? And what could a reform of these entail in real terms? Since autumn 2014, the UCL European Institute has hosted a series of policy panels with experts from academia, politics, law, and the media to explore these questions. It is also producing a set of accompanying resources and a blog – - in order to inform public debate on the future relationship between Britain and Europe.