The eleventh annual Canada-UK Energy Summit, organized by The Energy Roundtable, took place on Tuesday, November 26th at Canada House. The event gathered business and government leaders from Canadian, UK and global energy sectors to discuss The Future of Energy.
The UK and Canada are committed to meeting the challenges presented by climate change and a rapidly changing economy that increasingly has information technology at its core. The task at hand requires significant changes to how we create and consume energy, including to meet ambitious targets such as getting to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Transition to a low-carbon, low-pollution and resource-efficient economy is a priority for both the Canada and UK governments. Comprising both government officials and representatives from the private sector, partnerships have been established between the UK and Canada to advance clean innovation and low carbon energy. By creating the right conditions – through policy, regulation, and funding – both governments are working to foster R&D and encourage investment in new technologies that are entering the market every day.
The private sector play a central role in the commercialization and cost-effectiveness of clean energy breakthroughs. Entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses drive innovation from the laboratory into the marketplace. Capital flows are increasingly moving into cleaner energy alternatives as the impacts of climate change, and the corresponding need to act, become more evident.
2019 Canada UK Energy Summit
The Canada UK Energy Summit exists to expand ties between the energy sectors in Canada and the UK. This year’s event addressed the following topics:
The Summit offers an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and build relationships that support cross-border trade, investment, and innovation.
|Caroline Saunders, British Consul General, Calgary
|Opening remarks by H.E. Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom
|Decarbonisation in the oil and gas sector. New technologies and sources of data are allowing companies to better understand, detect, reduce and mitigate their environmental impact. This is driving investments in solutions to reduce carbon emissions and increase efficiency while meeting the challenges of climate change. This panel will explore different approaches within the oil and gas industry.
Session chair: Andrew Noseworthy, Assistant Deputy Minister Clean Technologies, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Senior Advisor to the President (Energy) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
|Electrification of energy systems. The transition to a low carbon economy is creating new demands on the electricity system for which new strategies and technologies are required. Panelists will discuss the evolution of power generation, grid requirements, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with these changes.
Session chair: Caroline Saunders, British Consul General, Calgary
|Address by Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada
|The role of nuclear power generation. As energy systems become more ‘electrified’ there is increasing demand for low-carbon power generation. This panel will discuss nuclear energy’s potential within this increasingly decentralized and disaggregated energy system landscape.
Session chair: Richard Sexton, President & CEO, AECL
|Address by Malread Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada
| 12:25 pm
Close by Jason Langrish, The Energy Roundtable