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Aurora Spring Forum 2020

Tuesday 24 March 2020

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Capitalising on Net Zero: Strategies to thrive in a deeply decarbonised energy sector

The Aurora Spring Forum has grown into one of the leading gatherings of the European energy industry, bringing together executives and senior decision makers in an one day event in Oxford.

After another year of record-busting temperatures, climate change has rarely been far from the headlines. With protesters increasingly taking to the streets to demand action, governments across Europe have begun to adopt ambitious targets to reach Net Zero by 2050, or in some cases even sooner. Also the outbreak of the COVID-19 has sent shockwaves across the globe and the energy industry is no exception, having been significantly impacted. Decarbonisation will require a radical transformation of the energy industry, encompassing everything from supply and demand dynamics to fundamental questions of market design.

In response to the UK Government’s advice and our wider concerns related to COVID-19, the Spring Forum 2020 became a fully virtual event and took stock of where we are and where we are heading in terms of getting to Net Zero by 2050, tackling also the COVID-19 implications on energy industry.

Virtual Spring Forum Highlights

With a series of 14 recorded sessions which were shared with our delegates on a daily basis, the Virtual Spring Forum hosted highly insightful discussions and panel debates with leading industry figures, together with original analysis and insights from the Aurora team.

The key topics included:

  • Global Net Zero by 2050 – feasibility and financial implications
  • The role of the utilities in achieving Net Zero and the policies needed in this parliament
  • The role of hydrogen in Net Zero as one of the most promising decarbonisation options
  • Financial implications of Coronavirus on energy companies
  • Net Zero technologies: the role of nuclear and Government support for the next wave of emerging technologies
  • Renewables investment – strategies in an increasingly competitive sector
  • The role of the company board during the transition
  • The European Green Deal and what it means for the power sector

Aurora Spring Forum 2020 speakers

Confirmed speakers for the 2020 Spring Forum included:

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng - Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
Alistair Phillips-Davies - Chief Executive Officer, SSE
Judith Hartmann - Chief Financial Officer, ENGIE
Jean-Bernard Levy - Chief Executive Officer, EDF
Francesco Starace - Chief Executive Officer, Enel
Antonio Mexia - Chief Executive Officer, EDP
Baroness Brown - Vice Chair, Committee on Climate Change
Chris Hunt - Partner, Riverstone
Sinead Lynch - UK Country Chair , Shell
Kevin McCullough - Chief Executive Officer, Calon Energy
Richard Gillingwater - Chairman, SSE
Louise Kingham - Chief Executive, Energy Institute
Minal Patel - Partner, Greencoat Capital
Keith Anderson - Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower
Danielle Lane - Head of Market Development, Vattenfall
Will Wilson - Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Mobility
John Morea - Chief Executive Officer, SGN
Olivia Breese - Vice President of Portfolio Development & Strategy, Orsted
Stephen Bull - Senior VP for Wind and Low Carbon Development, Equinor
Dan Monzani - Head of Energy Security, BEIS
Juliet Davenport - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Good Energy
Bobby Chada - Investment Analyst, Capital Group
Mark Collette - Chief Customer Officer, Energy Australia
Fiona Howarth - Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Electric Vehicles
Gwen Parry-Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Magnox
Jorge Pikunic - Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions
Simone Rossi - Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy
Boris Schucht - Chief Executive Officer, Urenco
Tony Wood - Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute
Carol Bell - Founder Member, Chapter Zero Board
Tony Cocker - Chairman, Infinis
Laura Cozzi - Chief Energy Modeller, International Energy Agency
Andreas Schierenbeck - Chief Executive Officer, Uniper
Laurie Fitch - Partner, PJT Partners
Will Gardiner - Chief Executive, Drax Group
Emily Gosden - Energy Editor, The Times
Stephen Halliday - Former Chief Executive Officer, Wood Mackenzie
Markus Krebber - Chief Financial Officer, RWE
Guillaume Leprieur - Director Power & Renewables, MUFG Bank
Mike Lewis - Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK
Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith - Professor, University of Oxford
Rosheen McGuckian - Chief Executive Officer, NTR
Guy Newey - Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
David Nussbaum - Senior Independent Director, Drax Group
Cathy McClay - Director of Strategy, Policy and Regulation, Sembcorp
Basil Scarsella - Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks
Mark Shorrock - Chief Executive Officer, Shire Oak International
Fintan Slye - Executive Director, National Grid ESO
Iain Smedley - Managing Director, Barclays
Emma Tinker - Chief Investment Officer, Asper Infrastructure
Paul Spence - Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, EDF
Jeremy Taylor - Director, Green Frog Power
Deepa Venkateswaran - Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Bernstein
Toni Volpe - Chief Executive Officer, Falck Renewables
Simon Hobday - Partner, Osborne Clarke
Philippa Pickford - Interim Director, Future Retail Markets, Ofgem

Live the experience! Listen to a Spring Forum podcast

As Coronavirus is at the heart of conversations around the world right now and there are significant impacts on the energy sector, we selected one of the topical Virtual Spring Forum recordings to share with you. In this podcast, Aurora’s CEO John Feddersen interviews Iain Smedley, Managing Director – Investment Banking at Barclays. As one of the most prolific utilities investment bankers in Europe, Iain discusses the short and long term financial implications of COVID-19 on energy companies in terms of markets and investment banking, tackling diversification vs nationalism and resilience vs pressure on consumers.

Special thanks to our Spring Forum 2020 partners:

Rethinking energy