Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conferences

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UK climate change adaptation - priorities, the strategic pathway to net zero emissions, and ambitions for COP26

Tuesday 8 December 2020, 9am to 1pm GMT

This conference will discuss priorities for climate change adaptation in the UK.

The discussion at a glance:

  • the strategic route map towards net zero emissions
  • creating a green, sustainable and fair COVID-19 recovery plan
  • priorities for the rescheduled COP26

The agenda:

  • Adapting to climate change - a progress update, a look ahead to 2021, and our longer-term vision for resilience to climate impacts
  • Latest thinking on the steps needed for a green and sustainable UK recovery plan
    • Preparing a sustainable pathway - economic priorities, greening supply chains, and developing policy
    • Assessing the scope of a recovery package - support for green modernisation and behaviour change, accelerating the low-carbon transition, and securing investment
    • Next steps for developing ecosystem protection and preventing lock-in emissions - tree planting, peatland restoration, and expanding national carbon sequestering
  • Reaching net-zero by 2050 - developing natural resilience, and cross-sector engagement with long-term decarbonisation
  • Next steps for adapting to the impact of climate change - developing resilience in the natural and built environment, tailoring strategies for local needs, and meeting future demand
    • Meeting the challenge of flood and coastal erosion management - an engineering perspective
    • Designing environment strategies and tailoring plans for local climate risks
  • Opportunities for COP26 and meeting the challenge of climate change on a global level
  • Policy priorities for a national green COVID-19 recovery package, preparing for COP26, and building adaptation capacity
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Next steps for UK gas networks - the RIIO-2 price control framework, decarbonising assets, and preparing infrastructure for hydrogen and low-carbon heating

Tuesday 15 December 2020, 9am to 1pm GMT

This conference will assess the next steps for developing gas networks in the UK.

The discussion at a glance:

  • the RIIO-2 price control regime and its implications for operators, their partners and consumers
  • priorities for modernising infrastructure assets for decarbonisation
  • latest thinking on developing the hydrogen and low-carbon heating economy

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Next steps for renewable energy - regulation, funding and innovation

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 9am to 1pm GMT

This conference will focus on the priorities for further developing renewable energy capacity in the UK.

The agenda:

  • The long-term policy priorities for renewable energy growth, and latest thinking on delivering a green recovery
  • Establishing a market framework for renewables - participation, technology, and costs for consumers and sector stakeholders
    • Reform to Contracts for Difference (CfDs) and maximising industry support for clean capacity - Pot 1 auctions, onshore technology, and sector growth
    • Adapting the Capacity Market for low-carbon - next steps for thresholds and prequalification rules, and increasing engagement with smaller generation and non-generation technologies
    • Supporting renewables sector growth across the whole system - reducing framework barriers and developing pathways to net-zero
    • Market design for financial sustainability and stakeholder engagement
  • Energy infrastructure development and regional growth as part of a clean recovery plan - local energy and industry plans, and preparing local networks for flexible capacity
  • Priorities for innovation - support for the R&D base, commercialisation of clean technology, and new business models
  • Preparing the regulatory and network framework for whole-system change and net-zero objectives
    • System operator duties and grid flexibility - clean capacity integration and scaling up smart balancing
    • Expanding offshore wind power capacity, and coordinating and meeting long-term grid connection needs
    • Reducing regulatory barriers for renewable energy grid access, and creating a charging regime that supports decentralisation

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