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UK Energy Opportunities II – a new paradigm on the horizon

8 November 2018
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Now is an exciting time for Nordic energy businesses to pursue projects and partnerships in the United Kingdom.

8 November 2018
8:30 – 13:00
Ince & Co.
2 Leman St
E1 8QN
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The energy system is transitioning, the government is implementing ambitious strategies for green growth, and there is no doubt that Great Britain is very much open for business. 

Join us for a half-day conference on the most significant trends shaping the focus of the UK energy landscape over the next decade, defining the scope of business opportunities ahead.

The conference is supported and framed by a powerful steering committee and offers an exclusive assembly of Nordic and UK business- and parliamentarian representatives within the energy sector and related industries.

A taste of what to expect:

  • What are the British Government’s long-term commitments to promoting business opportunities and attracting international investments in the energy sector? Key note addresses by Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth and response by Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate Morten Bæk
  • What defines the innovative currents of the energy sector in the UK, and how will it manifest itself in business development? Benjamin Kott, Founder & CEO of Fabriq andStrategy & Project Portfolio at Energiesprong UK, Kore Mason
  • How are the major cities driving innovation, investments and development within energy businesses, affecting prosperity throughout the sectors? Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram
  • Meet the established major players as well as exciting up and coming businesses – the key agents in driving innovation and opportunity, and in attracting interest and investments, while shaping market defining trends.
  • Connect with high level stakeholders from the UK and Nordic countries 

Moderator: Connie HedegaardJournalist, Chairwoman, former European Commissioner for Climate Action and Danish Minister of Climate & Energy.

Speaker list:

  • Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth
  • Morten BækPermanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate 
  • Prof. Jeffrey Hardy, Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London 
  • Benjamin Kott, Founder & CEO of Fabriq
  • Kore MasonStrategy & Project Portfolio Energiesprong UK
  • Martin Sandgren, Partner and Head of Power and Renewables – London, Ince & Co LLP
  • Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region
  • Kunal Patel, Head of Partnerships & Structured Solutions, Ørsted
  • George Hollingbery, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for international Trade

Steering Committee:

  • Matthew Wright, Managing Director Ørsted UK
  • Hans Peter Slente, Senior Advisor, Danish Energy Industries Federation 
  • Mette Diego-Roll, Head of Trade Danish Embassy London
  • Asbjørn Dalgaard, Senior Adviser – Inward Investments, British Embassy Copenhagen
  • Karen Marie Sandgren, steering committe chair
  • Søren Kjær Petersen, Managing Director NEAS Energy Ltd.
  • Glenn Harris, Head of UK Organisation, Centrica
  • Jane Cooper, Head of Stakeholder Relations, Oersted UK
  • Brent Cheshire, Chair of the Mersey Tidal Commission and former Country Chairman of DONG Energy UK (now Ørsted UK Ltd)
  • Sponsors
  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Attending Companies

Official Partner

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Supporting Partners

Organised by:

  • 08.30 Registration 
  • 09.00 Welcome by moderator Connie Hedegaard 
  • 09.05 Opening key note address by Claire Perry, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • 09.20 Key note address by Morten Bæk, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
  • 09.40 Topic 1 – “Outlook – a business perspective on the UK energy sector looking ahead”, Dr. Jeffrey Hardy, Imperial College London 
  • 09.55 Topic 2 – “Innovation – a challenging deliberation over trends, developments and disruptions for the UK energy sector”, Kore Mason, Strategy & Project Portfolio Energiesprong UK and Benjamin Kott, founder and CEO of Fabriq
  • 10.25 Topic 3 – “Service – trends in service offerings to the transforming energy sector”, Martin Sandgren Energy Partner at Ince & Co. 
  • 10.40 Break 
  • 10.55 Topic 4 – “De-centralization – how major cities are driving innovation and growth in the energy sector”, Mark Knowles 
  • 11.25 Topic 5 – “Investor – why now is a good time to invest in UK energy sector”, Kunal Patel Head of partnerships and structured solutions Ørsted 
  • 11.45 Break out groups: 3 x 20 mins (please see topic details here)
  • 12.50 ”Britain is Open for Business” George Hollingbery, Minister of State for Trade Policy the Department for International Trade
  • 13.15 Concluding remarks by Connie Hedegaard
  • 13.20 Sandwiches end of program

Moderator: Connie Hedegaard

Ms. Hedegaard was the European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014, during which she led the negotiations towards the adoption of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. As EU Commissioner, she was also responsible for the 2050 Roadmap for moving to a low carbon economy and represented the EU in the international climate negotiations.

Connie has had climate action as a centrepiece of her political effort since she was appointed Minister of Environment to Denmark in 2004. Her political career she initiated in 1984 when she was elected to the Danish parliament as the youngest ever to exercise the mandate. In 1990 she decided to leave parliament and focus on a career in journalism, achieving 14 years in the print press, as TV anchor and as head of Danish Radio News (DR), respectively. Hence, she has a very elaborate engagement in issues concerning the interplay between media, the public and democracy.

Lately Connie Hedegaard has chaired the Danish Public Service Committee determined to contribute to the shaping of a modern understanding of public service as a pillar supporting democratic conversation in the 21st century.

In 2015 Ms. Hedegaard was furthermore appointed Public Investigator for the Norwegian government’s project on Green Competitiveness.

Currently Connie is chairing a number of foundations and executive boards, such as OECD’s Round Table for Sustainability, KR Foundation, Aarhus University, and Denmark’s green think tank, Concito. Moreover, she serves as board member in Danfoss, Nordex, Teknologisk Institut and the Danish Annual Democracy Festival, Folkemødet. Ms. Hedegaard holds a master degree in History and Literature and has authored and contributed to several books, publications and columns.

Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth

Julian Critchlow is Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Julian was a Director at Bain & Company, strategy consultants, based in their London office. He led Bain’s Global Utilities & Alternative Energy Practice, working with senior executives in leading utilities around the world on their key strategic, operational and organisational issues. Julian has 30 years of consulting experience in the UK and internationally.

The Director General is responsible for:

  • clean growth
  • EU energy and climate change
  • international energy and climate change
  • science and innovation for energy and climate change
  • heat and business energy
  • home and local energy
  • smart metering implementation

Morten Bæk, Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate 

Morten Bæk is permanent secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and is the highest ranking employee and administrative leader of the ministry. He is also the minister’s advisor.

2018-        Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

2014-2018 Director General, Danish Energy Agency

2011-2013 Deputy Permanent Secretary, Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate

2008-2011 Head of Department, Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate

2007-2008 Principal Private Secretary to the Minister, Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate

2004-2007 First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2001-2004 Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2000-2001 Senior Analyst, Accenture Ltd.

1999-2000 Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Professor Jeff Hardy, Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

Dr Jeff Hardy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, where he researches what the future low carbon energy system might look like, how people will engage with it and what businesses will be operating in it. He is also a Non-executive Director of Public Power Solutions,  a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council specialising is renewable power and waste solutions.

Previously he was Head of Science for Work Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Head of Sustainable Energy Futures at the GB energy regulator, Ofgem. He’s also worked at the UK Energy Research Centre, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Green Chemistry Group at the University of York and at Sellafield as research chemist in a nuclear laboratory. 

Kore Mason, Strategy & Project Portfolio Energiesprong UK 

Kore Mason works on strategy and project portfolio for net zero energy homes with Energiesprong UK.

Kore relishes working at the cutting edge of energy efficiency.  Is passionate about decarbonising buildings. And believes we all deserve to live in homes that are desirable, warm and affordable for life.

Kore helped invest over £80m to save energy in 20,000 homes in London.  Launched the first UK public sector buildings energy performance contract.  And supported 30 UK government departments to decarbonise their supply chain – while working with the Mayor of London, The Clinton Foundation and UK Cabinet Office.

Prior to this Kore gained a first-class business degree and enjoyed working internationally in tech consulting with industry giants, Accenture and IBM.

Benjamin Kott, Founder & CEO of Fabriq

Benjamin is the founder and CEO of Fabriq, an award-winning online platform that helps optimise building operations, reduce energy consumption and increase health & well-being of tenants. The driving idea behind Fabriq is to combine the collective intelligence of users with advanced analytics in order to deliver actionable insights into building optimisation opportunities at scale.

Previously, Benjamin was Google’s Green Business Operations & Energy Manager for Europe, where he was responsible for a range of initiatives from energy performance optimisation to major initiatives like Google’s support of the UN’s COP15. Benjamin sourced and led Google’s first investment in renewable energy generation outside of the U.S. and the UK roll-out of PowerMeter. He also served as Google’s spokesperson on all matters related to energy and sustainability. 

Before Google, Benjamin worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he led engagements in high-tech, media and energy, and prior to that at Airbus as a project manager. 

Benjamin holds a M. Eng. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Munich Technical University and an MBA from Insead in France. He is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the BBC and the Sustainability Council of the Urban Land Institute.

In other news, Benjamin briefly became a world record holder for Zorba dancing in 2008 (with 1670 other Googlers).

Martin Sandgren, Partner and Head of Power and Renewables – London, Ince & Co LLP

Martin advises clients in the energy, infrastructure and maritime industries on a wide range of construction, contract, corporate, transactional and financing law matters. He has particular experience advising on EPC/consortiums, offshore construction, supply and service agreements, vessel related contracts, project finance and project agreements. He also advises on joint ventures, M&A and other strategic transactions and disputes, insurance and risk management matters. 

His experience in the renewables sector includes structuring, negotiating and managing legal risks on numerous large and complex on- and off-shore wind, solar, transmission and other energy projects. He has been involved in ground breaking transactions throughout the world.

Kunal Patel, Head of Partnerships & Structured Solutions, Ørsted

Kunal Patel is Head of Partnerships & Structured Solutions in Ørsted Wind Power, responsible for M&A, structuring and financing activities in relation to Ørsted’s offshore wind assets. Kunal has been with Ørsted since 2012 primarily focussed on the divestment activities within the company, looking to create and execute structures that attract new investors to the sector.

Among other projects Kunal has most recently overseen the financing of the Gode Wind 1, Borkum Riffgund 2, Walney Extension and Hornsea 1, bringing local institutional investors including insurance companies to the offshore wind sector via green bonds for the first time. Prior to joining Ørsted Kunal worked in the infrastructure and project finance team at Barclays, working across the renewables and UK PFI/PPP sectors. Kunal holds a degree in Economics and Philosophy along with being a CFA charterholder.

George Hollingbery, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for international Trade 

George Hollingbery was appointed as Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade on 21 June 2018. Previously he served as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary from July 2016 to June 2018. He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from May 2015 until July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Meon Valley in May 2010.

George spent his career investing and starting up businesses. In 2005 he started a property investment business. He also previously served on both the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art and Local Government Committee.

George was educated at Radley College, going onto to read human science from Lady Margaret’s Hall, Oxford. He gained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region

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Ince & Co
Innogy Innovation Hub UK
innogy Renewables UK Limited
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Liverpool Combined Authority
Liverpool LEP
LOC Group Limited
Low Carbon Contracts Company
Mersey Tidal Commission
Midas Investment Group Ltd
NEAS Energy Ltd
NIRAS Consulting Ltd
NJORD Law Firm
octopus energy
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
OMERS Infrastructure Europe Limited
PFA Asset Management A/S
Scottish Development International
ScottishPower Generation
Sea and Land Project Engineering Limited
Siemens Gamesa
Team Humber Marine Alliance
Templeton and Partners Ltd
The Crown Estate
UK National Member Committee, World Energy Council
University of Hull
university of portsmouth
Vattenfall Heat UK