Rushlight Transport Briefing

UK Energy

During one of the most challenging years for global business and society as a whole, a plethora of developments has accelerated the plans for the transition of UK energy from fossil fuels to zero carbon.  Targets have been brought forward, financial support for specific technology solutions has been made available and clear pathways have been identified for the first time.  In just the last few months, there has been:

  • National Infrastructure Strategy
  • Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution
  • Energy White Paper: Powering our net zero future
  • Climate Change Committee Sixth Carbon Budget

In addition, this year has also seen the Agriculture Act 2020, the first such legislation for over 40 years, and DEFRA’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

The Sixth Carbon Budget has brought some very welcome clarity to the path necessary to achieve the 2050 Net Zero target.  Furthermore, there are now details of the national Emissions Trading Scheme, at least one large nuclear plant and an Advanced Nuclear Fund for the development of small nuclear reactors, carbon capture storage technologies to be introduced at 4 industrial clusters by 2030, diversification of the energy mix to promote green hydrogen and a just transition from fossil fuels.

The Energy session of the live stream at the Rushlight Show shall set out the Sixth Carbon Budget and then look in detail at hydrogen; carbon capture, utilisation & storage and bioenergy.

Wednesday 10 March 2021


9.20        Pathway to 2050 Net Zero – David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets, Climate Change Committee

9.40        Hydrogen: Route Map to a Zero Carbon Solution – David Hart, Director, E4tech

9.55        CCUS: a final industrial and interim energy solution –

10.05     Biofuels: the answer for aviation or heating or both –

10.15 – 11.00     Panel

David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets, Climate Change Committee

David Hart, Director, E4tech

Juliet Phillips, Policy Advisor, E3G


David Joffe – Climate Change Committee

David has been with the CCC since it started in 2007, managing the Committee’s central mitigation team and leading the preparation of new advice to Government on the sixth carbon budget. Also overseeing the CCC’s energy infrastructure team, focusing on a range of whole-economy integrated energy issues.

David has a PhD on hydrogen infrastructure for transport from Imperial College London, where he worked for five years, before joining the CCC in 2007. As well as pathways for decarbonising buildings and industry, he leads CCC’s work on roles for hydrogen in a low-carbon energy system and on how scarce bioenergy can best contribute to economy-wide decarbonisation, as well as how shale gas production can be consistent with decarbonisation pathways.

David Hart – E4tech

David Hart is a Director of E4tech, a specialist global sustainable energy consultancy, and has been an expert advisor, consultant and researcher on hydrogen energy and fuel cells for 25+ years.

He leads and conducts projects from research to strategy in different industry sectors for governments, corporations and investors worldwide, has sat on venture capital investment committees and clean energy company boards, is a Director of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy and chairs the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium Steering Committee. He has been an invited keynote speaker on fuel cells and hydrogen energy on six continents.

In 2001, having built a successful research group at Imperial College London, he co-founded E4tech’s London office to work on sustainable energy strategy consulting, helping clients make the best decisions in uncertain conditions.

Now based in Switzerland, he heads the hydrogen and fuel cell consulting practice, while retaining a role as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College.

Juliet Phillips – E3G

Juliet is a Policy Advisor, splitting her time across E3G’s Clean Economy and Sustainable Finance programmes.  On Clean Economy, she supports the Green Finance Institute’s Coalition for Energy Efficiency of Buildings towards its goal of developing the market for financing net-zero carbon and climate-resilient buildings in the UK.  Juliet’s work on the Sustainable Finance programme is to support the scaling of ambition in the run up to COP 26, as well as working on economic policy responses to coronavirus.

Juliet joined E3G from the Environmental Investigation Agency where she worked as an Ocean Campaigner, focused on UK and EU policies around the circular economy, and working with Greenpeace on a supermarket campaign targeting plastic reduction and reuse measures.  Before then, she was Campaigns Manager at ShareAction, coordinating climate change focused shareholder activism around the fossil fuel and banking sectors.

Juliet volunteers with Green New Deal UK, supporting local policy and political strategy work.




The programme for the physical event, last run in 2020, is kept below to show the transition that has been made for this event.

This event opens the Rushlight Show. Breakfast will be served from 7.45am for those who are pre-registered. Breakfast will then finish being available by 8.30am when the panel commences.  The panel session will end by 10.00am and then there will be the address by the Minister (to be confirmed) which will be available to everyone.  After the address, delegates for just the UK Energy Seminar are asked to leave the theatre and visit the Exhibition before leaving the venue by 11.00am.

The UK energy sector has undergone a dramatic change in a comparatively short period and the same has happened in a number of countries worldwide.  Coal as a fuel and energy source has gone from the prime staple to an irrelevant pariah.  However, some things have changed very little.  Most homes and offices in the UK are still entirely dependent on gas for heating, hot water and often cooking too.  Petrol and diesel continue to fuel most of our cars and aeroplanes and even some of the trains still.

As we look into the future, we can see cars becoming electric-powered, trains being all-electric and aeroplanes adopting biofuels to a certain degree.  However, that still leaves the tricky issue of heating buildings.

The UK has enshrined a net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 into national law. There are some industries where it may not be possible to achieve net zero by 2050, such as agriculture, long distance aviation and shipping and some heavy manufacturing.  That means that those sectors that can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will need to offset the overruns from those that fall short.

In addition to natural forest, peatland, algae and ocean carbon sinks, it is likely that other solutions for carbon extraction will be required.  Specific negative emissions technologies will need to be scaled up significantly, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

Excluding the natural carbon sink solutions, the technological solutions for excess carbon emissions come at a price and it is expected in the short term that avoiding the emissions in the first place will be cheaper.   So what does that mean for domestic and business heating?

This seminar will assess the situation in depth, recognise the impact on market pricing and review the current strategies.  The variables and solutions that will be covered include:

  1. Brown, blue and green hydrogen as heating fuels
  2. Green hydrogen as energy storage, a way to smooth variable generation in wind and solar and a distributed energy source.
  3. Hydrogen as a heavy vehicle fuel.
  4. Flexible energy systems, demand side response and vehicle-to-grid smart energy management.
  5. Electrification of heating systems which are responsible for 15% of emissions currently.
  6. Nuclear solutions
  7. Technological developments in batteries and other forms of energy storage.
  8. Local energy networks, other distributed systems and smart grid evolutions.
  9. The role of biomethane
  10. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
  11. AC vs DC and transmission losses
  12. Carbon negative bioenergy for aviation and shipping to offset final utilisation
  13. Hydrogen fuel cells for trains, heavy goods vehicles and aviation
  14. Synthetic fuels from plastic waste and other petrochemical downcycling vs chemical upcycling.

2020 happens to be halfway between 1990 when the IPCC produced its First Assessment Report and 2050.  If the progress made between 1990 and 2020 is mirrored from 2020 to 2050, then the UK will fall well short of its net zero target, especially when it is recognised that it will become progressively harder to decarbonise, since the easier changes were made first.

Net Zero will require a circular economy as well as a decarbonised one.  Early decarbonising technologies such as solar panels using rare earth minerals and wind turbines with composite resin blades may not be recyclable at the end of their economic lives and so the embedded resources and energy in them may be lost.  This is not sustainable and so will also need to be a focus in the future.

This event will be ideal for investors, financiers, energy professionals, low emission transport supply chain, technology developers, consultants, vehicle manufacturers, electricity industry, energy storage supply chain, fuel manufacturers and distributors, logistics companies, transport professionals, energy efficiency experts, sustainability consultants and other advisers, local authorities and other public sector officials, advisers, media and other intermediaries.

This is a fundamentally important event for anyone involved with the UK energy sector.


Chair:                   Georgina Penfold, Founder ICON and Director of Public Service and Policy at Inspired Energy plc

8.35am                 Introduction: Georgina Penfold, Founder ICON and Director of Public Service and Policy at Inspired Energy plc

8.40am                 Analysis of UK Energy Sector to achieve Net Zero – Mike Hemsley, Senior Power Analyst, Committee on Climate Change.  Presentation is RUSHLIGHT SHOW 2020 UK ENERGY MIKE HEMSLEY

9.00am                 The response by the UK Energy Markets – Andrew Anderson Shepherd, Senior Risk Manager, British Independent Utilities.  Presentation is not available.

9.15am                 Panel discussion and Q&A, chaired by Georgina Penfold, Founder ICON and Director of Public Service and Policy at Inspired Energy plc, and involving:

Philip New, CEO Energy Systems Catapult & Chair Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce

Lisa Fischer, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G

Declan Burke, Director Clean Electricity, Energy Strategy & White Paper, BEIS

Mike Hemsley, Senior Power Analyst, Committee on Climate Change

Andrew Anderson Shepherd, Senior Risk Manager, British Independent Utilities

10.00am               UK Energy Seminar delegates leave the theatre for networking and the Exhibition

11.00am               Event closes for delegates who are registered for just the UK Energy event



The cost of a UK Energy Breakfast & Seminar ticket is £45 plus VAT, which includes a hot breakfast. the seminar, the exhibition, networking and the whole Show up to 11am.

Registered delegates for the whole Show can join the UK Energy event for free, provided that they pre-register to attend this part of the event before the day.

In summary, you can choose to attend just the UK Energy event for £45 plus VAT and that includes the breakfast, or you can register for the whole Show and the breakfast event too in which case the UK Energy event is included.


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Mike Hemsley – Committee on Climate Change

Mike Hemsley leads the CCC’s work on power sector decarbonisation, having joined the Committee on Climate Change 6 years ago. He has focused on technologies and policies to reduce emissions in the UK power system, as well as improving electricity system flexibility and producing research on the costs of low-carbon policies on consumer bills in the UK. Prior to joining the CCC, Mike studied Environmental Technology and energy policy at Imperial College London, and worked in Brussels at the European Renewable Energy Council.

Andrew Anderson Shepherd – British Independent Utilities

Andrew is the Senior Risk Manager at British Independent Utilities.  He is an experienced risk manager and trader working at the highest level with the majority of BIU’s largest customers. He has an unrivalled knowledge of global energy markets from both a fundamental and technical perspective with a number of industry presentations made over the last 10 years.  Prior to BIU, he was an energy trader at Inenco Group.

Georgina Penfold – Founder of the Industrial & Commercial Operations Network and Director of Public Service and Policy at Inspired Energy plc

Georgina Penfold is one of the best-known and most-trusted voices in utilities management today. As a regular blogger, commentator and well-known personality in the sector, George is a skilled presenter, noted for her ability to explain difficult topics in an engaging, accessible way.  With a background in energy management, George now runs ICON which provides practical advice to help non-domestic consumers understand policy and regulatory changes and embed new ideas and technologies into their business energy management strategies.  ICON has recently joined the Inspired Energy plc group of companies where George also looks after the public sector energy procurement team.  She has a strong interest in smart power and enabling technologies and a proven track record in assisting major energy consumers to understand and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Philip New – Energy Systems Catapult

Philip started at the Energy Systems Catapult in November 2015.  Prior to joining the Catapult, Philip was the CEO of BP Alternative Energy, which was made up of a portfolio of operating and developmental renewable energy businesses. These included a material onshore wind operation in the US, significant sugar cane ethanol and renewable electricity production in Brazil, and biotechnology and process engineering research and development activities, delivered through proprietary, joint venture and academic collaboration programmes.  He has held a number of positions during his time at BP, with a focus on building new businesses, deploying innovative technologies, understanding changing market structures and working with both consumers and industrial customers.  He has been involved in developing policy positions and has worked with a diverse range of external stakeholders. He was an active advocate for the Biofuels sector and engaged with policy makers and opinion leaders in Brussels, Washington and Whitehall.  He was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and was on the Governing Board of the Energy Biosciences Institute. He has a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Lisa Fischer – E3G

Lisa Fischer works as a Senior Policy Advisor in E3G’s London office. Her work concentrates on EU energy, infrastructure and climate change policy and she is leading E3G’s work on the transition of the gas sector to a fully climate neutral world. Lisa joined E3G in July 2016 after working as an analyst for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS) and the UK Department for Transport leading the analysis for major rail infrastructure and climate finance business cases. She holds a MSc in Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as a BA in International Relations from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.

Declan Burke – BEIS

Declan is Director Energy Strategy and Clean Electricity at the Dept Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).  He has responsibility for Energy Strategy and Clean Electricity deployment including renewables and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS).  Previously he worked in a range of commercial and policy roles including the Electricity Market Reform programme and Civil Nuclear projects.  He also worked in in UK Government Investments (UKGI) – the team in Government responsible for managing HMG’s interest in publicly owned companies and the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank.  He has an MEng in Avionic Systems Engineering from the University of Bristol.