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Aurora Spring Forum 2020

Tuesday 24 March 2020

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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.

To be clear, decarbonisation will require a radical transformation of the energy industry, encompassing everything from supply and demand dynamics to fundamental questions of market design. The Aurora Spring Forum will take stock of where we are and where we are heading.

Specifically, we will explore:

  • How do we reach the two degrees target, and is it even possible?
  • Are market forces enough to achieve the required level of renewables build out? What role will governments need to play?
  • How much wind and solar can we integrate before completely new solutions are needed, both in terms of policy, markets and technology?
  • How do we make sure grids are ready for the challenge?
  • What role will data, digitalisation, automation and blockchain play?
  • What will be the role for gas and LNG in the low carbon transition? To what extent is CCS a prerequisite?
  • Similarly, what will be the role of the supermajors? What will they look like in 2050, assuming they still exist?
  • How much reforestation and other carbon sinks will we need? What are the limitations?

The Aurora Spring Forum has grown into one of the leading gatherings of energy executives and senior decision makers in Europe, attracting more than 300 participants in 2019. It is a full day of thought-provoking analysis, debate and networking deliberately held at the unique setting at the University of Oxford. The day will conclude with a champagne reception and a formal dinner in an Oxford college dining hall.

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Aurora Spring Forum 2020 speakers

Keith Anderson - Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Power
Bobby Chada - Investment Analyst, Capital Group
Will Gardiner - Chief Executive, Drax Group
Judith Hartmann - Chief Financial Officer, ENGIE
Fiona Howarth - Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Electric Vehicles
Markus Krebber - Chief Financial Officer, RWE
Danielle Lane - Director, Portfolio and Transactions & UK Country Manager, Vattenfall
Jean-Bernard Levy - Chief Executive Officer, EDF Group
Kevin McCullough - Chief Executive Officer, Calon Energy
António Mexia - Chief Executive Officer, EDP
Gwen Parry-Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Magnox
Alistair Phillips-Davies - Chief Executive, SSE
Simone Rossi - Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy
Basil Scarsella - Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks
Andreas Schierenbeck - Chief Executive Officer, Uniper
Boris Schucht - Chief Executive Officer, Urenco
Fintan Slye - Chair, National Grid ESO Board
Francesco Starace - Chief Executive Officer, Enel
Emma Tinker - Chief Investment Officer, Asper Infrastructure
Toni Volpe - Chief Executive Officer, Falck Renewables

Gallery from 2019 Conference

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