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East Midlands Energy Summit - 2020

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Time: 9:30am - 11:45am

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Held in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Energy Innovation and Collaboration team the 2020 East Midlands Energy Summit will explore how Government, businesses, academia and civil society come together to ensure that clean growth can underpin our future economy.

With the seismic shift in the economy and the way businesses look to develop new ways to operate, there is no better time to focus on the opportunities and the potential for this agenda to deliver green shoots and economic opportunities.

With its diverse business base, energy generation expertise and innovative acumen, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients and opportunity to be at the forefront of the future of energy generation, security, supply, storage and the wider pro-environmental agenda.

Building on the 2019 Summit this event 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 and how this translates to business efficiency, sustainability and resilience.

This is set against a backdrop of a recent announcement by the Prime Minister, setting out new plans to "Build Back Greener" by aiming to make the UK the world leader in clean wind energy and further commitments to ensure that, within the decade, the UK will be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution to accelerate our progress towards net zero emissions by 2050.

Through a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q & A sessions the Summit will explore:

  • national policy driving and supporting change;
  • regional opportunities;
  • how will this relate to reduced cost to business;
  • regional self-sufficiency to improve business resilience;
  • innovation and pivoting to create new energy efficient products and services;
  • how this can support the development of new business opportunities in new, more demanding, supply chains

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 opportunities for cost savings for business 
  • 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 
  • 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

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.

How to book your free place:

The Summit will be delivered via the online platform "GoToWebinar"

Please book using the GotoWebinar link below. You will be registered on the platform and will be sent detail which you can put in your electronic diary. 

The session will also provide delegates an opportunity to ask questions via text in real time on the day, these will be answered throughout the webinar at an appropriate time.


  • Welcome and purpose of the Summit - Scott Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome and presentation on Climate Change, Covid and the Campus - How the University is building a sustainable future in unprecedented times - Andy Nolan, Development & Sustainability Director, University of Nottingham 

Andy Nolan, Development & Sustainability Director,  University of Nottingham


    Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

  • Regional Perspective - Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine - Overview of the steps being taken, at a regional level, to reduce carbon emissions from industry and homes and the emerging plans for the Development Corporation. This will form part of a wider discussion on how the East Midlands can position itself to be at the forefront of the future of energy generation, security, supply, storage and the wider pro-environmental agenda.

Sir John Peace - Chairman, Midlands Engine

  • The future of energy generation and plans for decarbonisation, and the future plans for the Ratcliffe on Soar site –  Dave Johnson– Plant Manager (Site Redevelopment Manager), Uniper covering: 
  • Background to Uniper
  • Unipers transition to climate neutral energy generation by 2035
  • Scale and opportunity for development at Ratcliffe
  • Freeport bid
  • International centre for low carbon futures.
  • Energy research at the University of Nottingham. Transforming innovative research into real-world solutions - Seamus Garvey, Professor of Dynamics & Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems

Seamus Garvey, Professor of Dynamics & Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems


  • Panel Discussion and Q&A
    • Sir John Peace - Chairman, Midlands Engine 
    • Elizabeth Fagan CBE – Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Managing Director of Boots
    • Dave Johnson– Plant Manager (Site Redevelopment Manager), Uniper 
    • Andy Nolan -  Development & Sustainability Director The University of Nottingham 
    • Seamus Garvey - Professor of Dynamics & Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems

Please note: The Chamber reserves the right to amend the content, delegates will be provided with the detail of the final agenda prior to the event. 

This event is kindly sponsored by Chamber Patron Connect 4 Group:

With thanks to:



Register your free place on the GotoWebinar platform by clicking HERE -once booked you will be able to add this to your online diary and will be sent event reminders

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