Clean growth and innovation in a changing world

21 Apr 2017

UKERC is working with its partners in the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) to host the network’s annual conference in September. The conference will focus on the implications of recent political changes and uncertainties in Europe and the United States.

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, which will be on the 12th and 13th September, 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.

The second event will be UKERC’s annual academic conference for 2017, and will  focus on UK-specific themes in the light of international trends, and their implications for UK policies and strategies. It will overlap with the LCS-RNet conference in the afternoon of 13th September and continue on the 14th September. Whilst UK energy and climate policies are subject to renewed uncertainty due to the General Election, the UKERC conference agenda is likely to reflect the themes in the LCS-RNet conference:

  • Implementation of the UK’s Clean Growth Plan and Industrial Strategy: what should the priorities be?
  • Changes in geopolitics and international energy markets, including the implications of Brexit for UK energy policies and markets
  • Priorities and directions for research in energy and development, particularly priorities for the Global Challenges Research Fund

Following the event, a short policy briefing will be produced that provides some key messages for decision makers.

A fuller agenda and speakers for both conferences will be publicised as soon as they are available. Registration for the UKERC conference on the 13th and 14th September will commence shortly. If you wish to register your interest and be notified with updates then please email ukercpressoffice@ukerc.ac.uk.