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About WEF Outreach 2020

Outreach Episode 1 from April 30th may be found at the bottom of this page.



To provide a high level, collaborative series of pre-recorded online broadcasts every 10 days throughout 2020 to maintain continuity during the COVID-19 hiatus for a key stakeholder community of policymakers, public bodies, industry, investors and NGOs who together are essential to the development, operation and strategic delivery of the UK’s long term Climate, Energy, & Sustainability objectives.

When people cannot physically meet in any number, and with this year being especially critical for maintain the ambition to mitigate climate risks and push low carbon transitions, we are repurposing the WEF into a virtual broadcast hub that in addition to our seminar programme will:

1.  Demonstrate the resilience of the sector at this time, and to address emerging concerns raised by regularly exploring key issues and themes in the programmes.

2.   Maintain confidence in the sector - and each other - by providing insights into key areas of common interest and showing the sector’s momentum.

3.   Show how the sector’s adaptability to the broad range of critical energy, climate and sustainability issues at this critical time is keeping the 2030 and 2050 goals alive.


The KEY THEMES that the WEF Outreach Broadcasts address are as follows:

1.   UK Energy Security & System

2.   Energy Markets & Investment Review

3.   Energy & Climate Change Research Update (UKRI)

4.   Global Climate Action Update

5.   Net Zero Transition Challenges

6.   Climate Change Deep Dive – feature

7.   UK Energy Industry & Supply Chains

8.   Global Sustainability Challenges

9.   Negative Emissions Technologies



In order to help maintain continuity and cross-sectoral liaison between key stakeholders from across the UK’s climate, energy and sustainability value chain when people cannot physically meet in any number, and with this year being especially critical for maintain the ambition to mitigate climate risks and push low carbon transitions, we have repurpose the WEF into a virtual broadcast hub.

WEF is liaising with its 250-organisation strong national network of key stakeholders from across the sectors who are typically involved in the WEF seminar programme and who are helping us by:

1.  Acting as a radar function, alerting WEF to issues that may need addressing
2.  Providing expert input and content for Outreach broadcasts
3.  Supporting us with external footage to help assemble Programme components
4.  Distributing the broadcasts and outputs to their own network to maximise reach

We are covering a range of UK and Global issues that are either:

a)  Operational - areas of immediate concern requiring insight or reassurance, or

b)  Strategic - the dynamic contexts of delivering climate, energy and sustainability goals

Each programme is being delivered in a ‘Newsnight’ magazine-style format of c.30mins duration, combining  distinct segments sourced via online interview, third part footage and external correspondents in the UK and around the world into a familiar ‘studio’ format, albeit within the constraints of everyone’s remote working.

The WEF's Outreach and Continuity Programme follows the principles of the physical WEF seminars – technology and policy agnostic; no lobbying or adverts; centralised agenda setting and organisational network coordination. Perhaps as importantly as focusing on the issues is our intention to focus on the people out there who are keeping the industries, the strategies and the opportunities on track.

The Programme Structure outlined above is also designed to provide a format that allows for:

-     A cross-section of strategic and operational topics to be covered, and to show how these are being affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

-     New insights from research and industry to be disseminated in a timely manner

-     People to have the opportunity to tell their stories, and to shape and provide their own content, regarding energy, climate and sustainability issues around the world.


Episode 1 Running Order and Timecodes:   

01.30   Update on UK COP26 - Camilla Born, Deputy Strategy Director, COP26

06.58   Key worker in the field - Ademir Hernandez, Substation Manager, Scottish Power Renewables

07.44   Power markets and investment sector update - Alex Milward, Partner, EY

12.35   Recent patterns in oil and gas markets - Dr James Henderson, Director, NGRP, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

17.59   Recent patterns in global energy geopolitics - Prof. Mike Bradshaw, Global Energy, Warwick Business School

24.26   Key worker in the field - Ina Marie Torsvik, Mechanical operator at Kollsnes, Equinor

25.09   Climate risks and resilience - Dr. Kate Lonsdale, Co-Champion UK Climate Resilience Programme

32.34   Powergen sector briefing - Dr Barbara Vest OBE, Special Advisor, Energy-UK

37.20   System integrity and maintaining national operations - Ben Young, Operational Manager, National Grid ESO

39.26   Upstream sector briefing - Mike Tholen, Sustainability Director, Oil and Gas UK

45.22   Downstream sector briefing - Stephen Marcos Jones, Director General, UK Petroleum Industry Association

48.16   COP26 Climate Action Champions update - Karl Zammit-Maempel, Head of Energy in CCAT, COP26

55.04   UK Decarbonisation strategy - Ross Lowrie, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

​63.07   Recent changes in air quality, Ajay Gambhir, Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute for Climate Change

66.36   Sustainable development post-COVID, Ishoo Srivastav and Nic Rawhani, Imperial College London