LCS-RNet Annual Conference: Clean growth and innovation in a changing world

9:00 AM 12 September - 3:00 PM 13 September 2017
UKERC , University of Warwick, United Kingdom

The conference will be the first in a series of two linked events that will be held over three days between the 12th and 14th of September 2017 at Warwick University. The LCS-RNet conference will be on the 12th and 13th September.

Location: University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Conference venue: Sciences Building (download map below)

Warwick uni campus map_.pdf

Main Plenary room: LT4

Accommodation Check-in: Conference Reception, Student Union Building

The conference will focus on three themes:

  1. Innovation: technology, resource productivity and industrial policy. This includes national policies and approaches to develop and deploy low carbon technologies; how productivity in the supply chains for products and services could help to reduce emissions, energy use and demand for other resources; and how innovation and resource productivity are reflected in national plans to reduce emissions. It will also include discussion of international collaborations on innovation such as Mission Innovation and the private sector Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
  2. Global markets and carbon pricing. This will include consideration of trends in global energy markets, including those for fossil fuels. In addition to ongoing discussions about carbon pricing in the EU, China and other countries, carbon pricing is back on the agenda in the UK because of the likely withdrawal from the EU ETS as part of the Brexit process. It has also been discussed more actively in the United States. This theme also includes relationships and interactions between carbon pricing and other policies.
  3. Energy access and low carbon development. This will consider the interaction between low carbon and energy access agendas in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Despite progress in many countries, over a billion people do not have access to electricity, and many more use traditional cooking fuels. The IEA is currently preparing a new report on this topic, for publication in October 2017.



Coffee and Registration


Introductory Session



Introduction to the meeting

Chair: Jim Watson (UKERC, UK)

Opening remarks from UKERC,

Mikiko Kainuma (IGES/LCS-RNet Secretariat, Japan)

UK government speaker (TBC)


Plenary Session 1: Innovation, Resource Productivity and Industrial Policy


Two keynote speakers (policy plus industry)

Chair: Stefan Lechtenböhmer (Wuppertal Institute, Germany)


  • Lars Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Nick Molho (Aldersgate Group)

11:30 -12:00





Parallel session  1.1

Innovation and industrial policy: what can we learn from successful national approaches?

Chair: Sergio La Motta (ENEA, Italy)

  • Antoino Pflüger (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany)
  • Yoshinori Kobayashi (Toshiba, Japan)
  • Flavio Tonelli (univeristy of Genova)

Parallel session 1.2

NDCs, resource productivity and innovation: panel of analysts from different countries.

Chair: Toshihiko Masui (NIES, Japan)

  • Bundit Limmeechokchai (SIIT-TU, Thailand)
  • Steve Pye (UCL and UKERC, UK)


13:15 – 14:15




Plenary Session 2: Global energy markets and forms of carbon pricing


Keynote speaker: Jean-Charles Hourcade (CIRED, France) and Dipak Dasgupta (Distinguished Fellow at TERI)

Chair: Karsten Neuhoff (DIW Berlin)


(75 min)

Parallel Session 2.1

Fossil fuel markets and prices: implications for low carbon transition plans

Chair: TBC (UK)

  • Mike Bradshaw (Warwick/UKERC, UK)
  • Kentaro Tamura and Xianbing Liu (IGES, Japan)

Parallel Session 2.2

Carbon pricing and beyond: experience from different jurisdictions and future policy directions

Chair: Jean-Charles Hourcade

  • Michael Grubb (UCL)
  • Gjalt Huppes (Leiden University)
  • Karsten Neuhoff (DIW)

16:30 – 17:00



Panel: Global Co-operation on Innovation

Panel / speakers focusing on Mission Innovation and international co-operation

Chair: Paul Ekins, UKERC

  • Federico Villatico (UNFCCC Clean Technology Centre and Network)
  • David King (UK)
  • Antonio Pflüger (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany)


Close of Day 1 






Plenary Session 3: Energy Access and Low Carbon Development


Two keynote speakers

Chair: Jim Watson (UKERC)

Possible speakers from:

  • IEA speaker (Laura Cozzi - TBC)
  • Will Blyth (UK Department for International Development: DFID)

11:00 – 11:30



Parallel session 3.1

Progress towards the energy access Sustainable Development Goal

Chair: Shuichi Ashina (NIES, Japan)

  • Carmen Dienst (Wuppertal Institute, Germany)
  • Jiang Kejun (ERI, China)
  • Shuzo Nishioka and Miho Kamei (IGES, Japan)

Parallel session 3.2

Interdependencies between energy access and other SDGs (or, to make it more distinctive from 3.2, research priorities for energy access and low carbon societies?)

Chair: Giulia.Galluccio (CMCC, Italy)

  • Paul Ekins (UCL and UKERC, UK)
  • Anteneh Dagnachew (PBL, Netherlands)
  • Zhou Xin (IGES, Japan)

12:45 – 13:45




Plenary Session 4: From international context to national strategy


Welcome to UKERC conference attendees


Implementing Paris

Focus on challenges of implementing the Paris Agreement, the article 2 stock taking process etc. Focus on 2-3 national case studies including the UK?

Chair: Jean-Charles Hourcade or Christophe Cassen (CIRED, France)

Speaker:Henri Waisman (IDDRI, France); Jiang Kejun (ERI); Takeshi Abe (MOEJ)




Panel: What are the implications of international trends for the UK?

Focusing on key messages from each session, including implications for policy and research and reflecting on the implications of the main themes of the conference for the UK’s transition towards a low carbon society.


Close of LCS-RNet conference