Past Events

Since 2004 the WEF has delivered an expert Knowledge Exchange Programme by invitation that convenes specific networks of senior stakeholders responsible for the design and delivery of UK energy, climate and sustainability strategies.

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Delivering net zero: The UK Continental Shelf in transition
Andy Samuel, CEO, Oil & Gas Authority

Living the Energy Transition, the greening of the North Sea
Mike Tholen, Director of Sustainability, OGUK

E&P Industry Transitions in the North Sea: reflections post-COP26
Arne Gurtner, Senior Vice President for UK & Ireland - Exploration and Production International Business, Equinor 

Decommissioning Considerations for the UKCS in light of Net Zero transition requirements
Minnie Lu, Director of Decommissioning, Wood

Government CCUS Deployment Strategy and Upstream sector integration
Alex Milward, Director - CCUS, BEIS

The essential elements for an investment in CCS - key global insights
Mark Wilkie, Carbon Management Director, Gaffney Cilne

Delivering offshore CCUS solutions – Transit and Storage potential in the UKCS
Christian Fjell, Director, Altera Infrastructure

Industrial Clusters and Hydrogen Production: uncertainties and opportunities ahead
Guy Philips, Business Development Manager, Uniper

Diversifying Onshore E&P into deep geothermal and hydrogen: a credible option?
Ross Glover, Development Director, IGas Energy

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Regulatory Strategy Update – Net Zero Delivery and the role of the Networks
Akshay Kaul, Director – Network Strategy, Ofgem

Power Network Strategy: balancing centralised and decentralised powergen and storage to enable secure decarbonisation
Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development, UK Power Networks
Nina Skorupska, CEO, Association for Renewable Energy
Dan Hopkinson, Acting CEO, Electralink
Ivan Baldwin, Director - Business Development, Bechtel

Integrated Infrastructure Deployment: challenges across generation, transmission, microgrid deployment, storage and interconnection
Jon Davies, National Grid Interconnectors Operations Director, National Grid
Chris Leach, Environmental Planning Director, Stantec
Andrew McKenzie, Microgrid Lead UK&I, Schneider Electric
Steve Ross, Director – Hydrogen & Decarbonisation, Costain Group

COP26 one month to go: sitrep & preview
Matt Toombs, Director of Engagements and Partnerships, COP26

International Energy Diplomacy – Key UK & Partner roles for Accelerating Clean Energy 
Julie Scott, Head, Energy Diplomacy, Joint International Energy Unit Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and BEIS

The market uncertainties of energy system transformation 
Gareth Davies, Managing Director, AFRY Energy

The impact of a changing physical risk landscape: mitigating climate-related project risk
Andrew Herring, CEO, Energy, Power & Renewables, Marsh

Challenges in (re)directing the investment capital required for the transformations required for 1.5 degrees
Amanda Latham, Head of Policy & Strategy, Barnet Waddingham, and Chair, Stewardship workstream of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group (ICSWG)

UK Net Zero Deliverability in the wake of UK policy announcements 
Tom Glover, UK Country ChairRWE; Sam McKilligin, Director of Zero Carbon Systems, AECOM; 
Kathryn Emmett, Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Slaughter & May

UK Trade - Energy system transitions at the heart of the Global Investment Summit, and maintaining the Race to Zero after COP26
Richard Simon-Lewis, Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance (UKEF)

UK Energy Security – strategic challenges and opportunities in a dynamic world
Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, former Secretary of State for International Trade, and Defence, House of Commons

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The science basis underpinning the ambition for COP26: key markers and messages
Dr Helen Adams, Director of Science Engagement, COP26

Sources of uncertainty in global warming projections, and work underway to reduce uncertainty
Dr. Paolo Ceppi, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London

Trends in the Health Impacts of Climate Change, and Resilient, Adaptation Strategies
Elena Villalobos Prats, Technical Office of Climate Change and Health, World Health Organisation

Restoring ecosystems to help manage climate risks: key imperatives
Tim Christophersen, Head, Nature for Climate Branch, UN Environment Programme

Ensuring energy system resilience during the net-zero transition
Caroline Field, Head of Energy Resilience, Arup

Sustainable Investability: the development and dominance of key ESG criteria and their strategic implications
Chris Dodwell, Head of Policy and Advocacy, IMPAX Asset Management

Corporate leadership: opportunities, goals and roles as part of the COP26 legacy
Eliot Whittington, Director of Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation and Corporate Leaders Groups, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

Update on the key COP26 Conference Tracks (14.00 – 14.30 incl. Q&A)
Charles Ogilvie, Head of Strategy, COP26 Secretariat

Climate Vulnerable Forum: update on key themes from the South-South discussions and their importance for COP26 (14.30 – 15.00 incl. Q&A)
Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK

Climate indicators and warnings: update on global climate models  (15.00 – 15.25)
Dr Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment update – briefing on 2021 Evidence Report
Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change (15.25 – 15.50)

Reviewing the energy and economic transition strategies of international energy producers (15.50 – 16.15)
Dr. James Henderson, Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies 

Climate Security PANEL: 16.15 – 17.00

The implications and uncertainties of climate change for global security and decision-making
Lt. Gen. Richard Nugee, Non-Exec Director, Climate Change, Ministry of Defence

The danger of climate as a threat multiplier – the case for Preventive Action to protect economies and smooth transition risks
Sherri Goodman, former First Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Env. Security), and Chair - Council on Strategic Risks 

A Changing Climate - Defence response to climate change and strategic options
Ruth Harris, Research Group Director, Defense, Security & Infrastructure, RAND Europe


17.45 – close

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