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East Midlands Energy Summit

Event Information:

Venue: The Nottingham Belfry, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Date: Thursday, 5 December 2019

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Held in partnership with the University of Nottingham, through the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team, the East Midlands Energy Summit will explore how Government, business, academia and civil society come together to ensure that clean growth can positively impact our futures and support the necessary action to be taken on climate change whilst providing the energy required to ensure sustainable growth.

With its manufacturing heritage, energy generation expertise and innovative business and academic base, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients to be at the forefront of discussions around the future of energy generation, security, supply and storage. This Summit will provide a platform for businesses to explore what this means for them and the roles they can play as Government looks to transition the UK to a low carbon economy. It will also detail  the economic opportunities that exist for the region to play a leading role in the exciting Energy agenda.

The Summit will provide an informative insight into the current and future  energy landscape. Through a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops, attendees will be able to discuss and explore:

  • Government plans to implement the Industrial Strategy’s ‘Grand Challenge’, to maximise the advantages for UK Industry from the global shift to clean growth.
  • What would hitting the Government’s zero net carbon target by 2050 practically look like for East Midlands businesses and how do we get there.
  • How can businesses develop, implement and commercialise the low carbon technologies, innovative systems and services that will be needed as the world acts to tackle climate change.
  • The new funding models and technologies that exist to support investment and development of a new wave of low carbon energy.
  • What competitive edge can be gained by businesses driving down energy usage and costs and accelerating the shift to sustainable sources of energy.

Why attend:

  • Understand the future of energy supply, demand and security and the implications for your business
  • Understand how the current political environment may impact on energy supply and cost 
  • Hear about the development of new technologies to ensure business demands are met in the near future and beyond
  • Understand the direction of travel and future of energy supply and cost 
  • Hear from industry specialists on how energy creation can be decoupled from carbon emissions to ensure that climate change targets are met
  • Be part of the discussion on what the regional energy strategy should look like 
  • Explore the range of support available to business in the region, which support reduction of energy usage and your carbon footprint
  • Network with like-minded businesses 

Who should attend?

Senior management, business owners and decision makers from all sectors, particularly those responsible for operations, facilities management, energy contract management, business sustainability and environmental activities, plus policy makers, local authorities and those working in any field in, or aligned to, the energy sector.


08.30 - Registration - teas, coffees and networking

09:00 - Welcome and purpose of the Summit - Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

09.10 - Welcome from the University of Nottingham - How the University is building a sustainable future - Professor Dame Jessica Corner,  Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange

09.30 - Overview of the localised energy strategies and detail of new technologies on the horizon - Wayne Bexton, Head of Energy Services, Commercial, Infrastructure and Energy, Nottingham City Council.Topic areas to be covered will include:

  • Carbon Neutral Work - strategies deployed to become a carbon neutral city
  • Renewable Energy Projects and Programmes in Nottingham - exemplar activities that provide a positive impact on the environment
  • Detail of the Midlands Energy Hub - These regional hubs have been developed to support the capacity of Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Authorities to identify and deliver local energy strategies and projects.

09.50 - Decarbonisation of Heat - Jon Sanderson, Commercial Manager, Uniper Energy Services*

Exploring the supply side and the future of decarbonisation of heat, power generation and energy storage. Jon will be presenting a critical topic around the decarbonisation of heat - According to research material from BEIS, heat is responsible for 37% of energy consumption here in the UK. It is therefore a critical topic within the governments zero carbon agenda for 2050….

In the presentation Jon will therefore look at how to reduce carbon consumption through more efficient and effective heating solutions. Jon will also look into the associated benefits of doing so in a more general oversight into district heating itself.

*Uniper are an international energy company with a portfolio of technologically advanced large-scale assets and was formed by the separation of E.ON's fossil fuel assets. Uniper owns and runs the  Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station.

10.10 - Energy research at the University of Nottingham. Transforming innovative research into real-world solutions - Professor Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham

10.30 – Choice of workshops (tbc)

11.00 - Break

11.15 - Energy infrastructure- Development of a District System Operator(DSO), Paul Jewell, DSO Development Managers, Western Power Distribution

What are the plans to manage the changing demands on the current infrastructure, including views on the impact of additional electric vehicle usage, energy storage capabilities and grid flexibility,  specifically covering:

  • Vision to transition to a low carbon economy
  • Procurement timelines to deliver a robust DSO
  • Electric vehicles and the charging horizon
  • The effect of the Low Carbon Plan
  • Capacity 

11.35Energy Market Forecast - (speaker tbc): A forward look covering the direction of travel with regards to energy costs, including what the main drivers for change, with regards to the political and environmental impacts, will mean for energy security and cost.


11.55 - Future of energy creation: An introduction to the Rolls-Royce led Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programme - Dr Martin Goodfellow, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Rolls-Royce plc

Climate change has been well characterised within scientific circles for some time, but events in 2019 have significantly increased public awareness and support for action. A brief overview of the scale of the challenge will be presented. This shows that, whilst the UK has taken some strong early steps, only 12% of final energy usage is serviced by low-carbon sources; around half of which is provided by existing nuclear energy. Renewables and nuclear are prime technologies to address decarbonisation but both must be reliable, effective and cost competitive within an integrated energy system.

The delivery of nuclear has been challenged in recent years due to lengthy deployment delays and the high cost of the very large power stations being proposed or constructed. There is another way; smaller, modularised nuclear power stations costing less than £2bn each but still providing energy on a scale that can power a city. The Rolls-Royce led SMR programme is developing such a design, intended to radically reduce the levelised cost of nuclear electricity through application of factory manufacturing and off-site fabrication techniques to minimise on-site working with its inherent high risk of delay. Such a product has both domestic and global applicability, with a target export market projected to be worth in excess of £1 Trillion by 2040 as the global requirement for clean energy accelerates.

12:15 - Business case study - practical applications (tbc)

12:35 - Panel Discussion on topics raised on the day

13.15 - Close, buffet lunch and networking

NB: The full agenda is to be finalised, the Chamber reserves the right to amend the content, delegates will be provided the detail of the final agenda prior to the event.

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This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, but is delivered completely free of charge. For more information about the programme, please visit the "Energy for Business" website.

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