The 2021 Canada UK Energy & Climate Summit gathered leaders from the Canadian, UK and global energy sectors for discussions on Energy in Transition: The Road to Glasgow.
Organized by The Energy Roundtable, the half day Summit took place prior to the COP26 meetings in Glasgow and discussions focused on accelerating cleaner energy adoption in Canada and the UK. The event was hosted in partnership with the Canadian High Commission in London and the British Government.
Summit presenters provided their perspectives on energy technologies, innovation, and readiness, as well as energy transition strategies to 2030 and ultimately, to net zero by 2050. Regional experiences with industrial restructuring, including how to minimize the impacts, and maximize the benefits, for workers and communities, were also discussed.
Delegates were drawn from the private sector, government, not for profit, and academia.
Clean Energy Leadership
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 for electrification and the roll out of the new energy technologies that will collectively get us 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, including via coal phase out and electrification of our economies.
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 plays a central role in the commercialization and cost-effectiveness of clean energy breakthroughs. Capital flows are increasingly moving into cleaner energy alternatives as the impacts of climate change, and the corresponding need to act, become more evident. Entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses drive innovation in areas such as renewables, smart grids, small modular reactors, and hydrogen and CCUS from the laboratory into the marketplace.
Central to the deliberations at the Summit was the concept of a Just Transition – energy transition as a catalyst for generating economic growth and jobs. The concept addresses these needs by promoting sustainable actions that help workers and by extension, the communities in which they reside.
|MC||Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable|
|1:00 pm||Opening remarks by H.E. Ralph Goodale, P.C., High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom Watch the Session|
|1:10 pm||Global Solution Providers Perspective: A discussion regarding energy trends, challenges, and opportunities from a global energy solution’s provider perspective.
Session chair: Jason Langrish, President, The Energy RoundtableWatch the Session
|1:50 pm||The Future Grid: A discussion on the evolution of the grid and its power sources.
Session chair: Anurag Gupta, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Sequoia Investment Management CompanyWatch the Session
|2:30 pm||Mark Carney, COP 26 Finance Adviser and UN Special Envoy Watch the Session|
|3:10 pm||Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency Watch the Session|
|3:30 pm||Energy in Transition: A discussion on energy transition, and how to decarbonize all energy types.
Session chair: Dan Wicklum, CEO, Transition Accelerator; Co-Chair, Federal Net Zero Advisory Committee (Canada)Watch the Session
|4:20 pm||New Nuclear Innovation: A discussion of new technological and financing developments in the nuclear sector, and its contribution to the decarbonization of our energy systems.
Session chair: James Murphy, Chief Strategy Officer, National Nuclear LaboratoryWatch the Session
|5:00 pm||Close by Jason Langrish, The Energy Roundtable Watch the Session|
|5:15 pm||Reception with remarks by John Gorman, President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association|