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FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit 2019

The Next Chapter: Policy, Technology, New Businesses

London |
Speakers include:
David Eyton

David Eyton


Pratima  Rangarajan

Pratima Rangarajan

OGCI Climate Investments

Julian  Critchlow

Julian Critchlow

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


A new sense of urgency has entered the discussions regarding the energy transition. With emissions rising and the realisation that without drastic action the world is on a track to runaway climate change by the end of the century, recognition is growing of the need for a new level of ambition in current efforts to decarbonise and transform the global energy system.  Decarbonisation of the industrial sector, heating and transportation, as well as the development of zero emissions technologies, including CCS and hydrogen, are the new frontier, as well as the mass electrification which will be needed to achieve this. Meanwhile, the renewables sector remains fragmented, lacking the capacity for sustained long-term investment on a global scale, the incumbent fossil fuel system remains resilient despite years of effort to displace it, and politicians remain divided against a backdrop of growing populism and signs of a rising carbon backlash.

The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit 2019 will trace the contours of the energy transition, examining the key issues shaping the market and the fortunes of the companies involved. 

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/27/2019 09:00:0006/27/2019 17:30:00trueFT Energy Transition Strategies Summit 2019A new sense of urgency has entered the discussions regarding the energy transition. With emissions rising and the realisation that without drastic action the world is on a track to runaway climate change by the end of the century, recognition is growing of the need for a new level of ambition in current efforts to decarbonise and transform the global energy system.  Decarbonisation of the industrial sector, heating and transportation, as well as the development of zero emissions technologies, including CCS and hydrogen, are the new frontier, as well as the mass electrification which will be needed to achieve this. Meanwhile, the renewables sector remains fragmented, lacking the capacity for sustained long-term investment on a global scale, the incumbent fossil fuel system remains resilient despite years of effort to displace it, and politicians remain divided against a backdrop of growing populism and signs of a rising carbon backlash.The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit 2019 will trace the contours of the energy transition, examining the key issues shaping the market and the fortunes of the companies involved. FT-Energy-Transition-Strategies-Summit-2019ed7fa77015573581dd805d9208833675MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (33)

David Eyton

David Eyton

Group Head of Technology

As Group Head of Technology, David Eyton is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP, including corporate venture capital investments and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal.  In this role, Mr Eyton is a member of BP’s Executive Team and sits on the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments Board. Mr Eyton attended Harrow School and joined BP in 1982 from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree.   He is a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and Institute of Directors, and a trustee of the John Lyons charitable foundation.

Pratima  Rangarajan

Pratima Rangarajan

OGCI Climate Investments

As CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, Dr Pratima Rangarajan is responsible for the delivery of the OGCI Climate Investments mission – creating positive outcomes in the reduction of climate change. Before joining OGCI Climate Investments, Dr Rangarajan was the General Manager for GE's Onshore Wind Product Line and the General Manager for GE's Energy Storage start-up. She had previously held the role of Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology and Research at Vestas Wind Systems. Dr Rangarajan has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Julian  Critchlow

Julian Critchlow

Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Julian is the Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy with responsibilities including leading on work to cut carbon emissions while seizing the economic opportunities of clean growth, to promote energy efficiency and help achieve secure and affordable decarbonisation. It also works to tackle fuel poverty and leads the programme for the energy industry to roll out smart meters to homes and small businesses. Previously Julian Critchlow was a Director in the London office of Bain & Company. As head of Bain’s Global Utilities & Alternative Energy Practice, he worked with senior executives in leading utilities around the world on their key strategic, operational and organizational issues. He led Bain’s work with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Electricity and is a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Energy.

José  Dominguez Abascal

José Dominguez Abascal

Secretary of State for Energy
Marco  Alverà

Marco Alverà

Chief Executive Officer

Marco Alverà, has been the CEO of Snam, Europe’s largest natural gas utility, since April 2016. Mr Alverà has 20 years of experience in Italy’s most important energy companies. He started his career working at Goldman Sachs in London, then joining Enel in 2002 and subsequently Wind Telecom. In 2005 he moved to Eni where he worked for 10 years, holding various positions. He currently serves as President of GasNaturally, a partnership of six associations from across the whole European gas value chain. He is also a Non-Executive Director of S&P Global and member of the General Council of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics.

Peter Filcek

Peter Filcek

Global Product Director
Centrica Hive

Peter Filcek is the Global Product Director at Centrica Hive Limited, Centrica’s market leading smart home and services business. He joined the business in 2018 and now leads the Product, Devices, and Design teams who are responsible for the creation, design and production of all Hive products and devices. The teams are dedicated to creating amazing frictionless experiences, whether physical or digital, that customers can easily use and that make a real difference to their busy lives.

Prior to joining Hive, Mr Filcek spent nearly nine years at Amazon. As the UK Country Leader for Amazon Prime, he managed the flagship programme during its transition from a purely delivery service to the current platform of digital services such as Prime Video and Music. Following this he was part of the UK launch team of Amazon’s online supermarket 'Amazon Fresh' as the Product and Marketing lead, and latterly moved back to his retail management roots to become Category Leader of their Books business, the largest and oldest of Amazon’s retail businesses.

Mr Filcek is particularly passionate about customer experience, putting customers at the heart of business thinking and using technology to solve their real problems or needs. He graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Natural Sciences.

Benj  Sykes

Benj Sykes

UK Country Manager
Ørsted UK

Benj is UK Country Manager for Ørsted’s Offshore business. After setting up Ørsted’s Asset Management business he is now focussed on strengthening the company’s business platform in the UK. He chairs the Offshore Wind Industry Council and led the work to agree a Sector Deal with government. He is also on the Board of G+ and RenewableUK. Benj joined Ørsted from the Carbon Trust where he led the company's technology innovation programme. Previously, he worked in the upstream oil and gas industry. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and the Energy Institute.

Arunabha  Ghosh

Arunabha Ghosh

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Arunabha Ghosh is a public policy professional, adviser, author, columnist, and institution builder. He is the Founder and CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), consistently ranked (six years running) as one of South Asia's leading policy research institutions, and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2016. With experience in 44 countries, he previously worked at Princeton, Oxford, UNDP (New York), and WTO (Geneva). In 2018, the UN Secretary-General nominated him to the UN's Committee for Development Policy. That same year, the Government of India appointed him as a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was a member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Energy (2016-18). He is an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, and fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Dr Ghosh has been actively involved in the design of the International Solar Alliance since inception. He conceptualised and is a founding board member of the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN), an industry body for hundreds of decentralised energy entrepreneurs. He is board member of the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, Geneva. Dr Ghosh’s co-authored essay “Rethink India’s energy strategy” in Nature, was selected as one of 2015’s ten most influential essays. Widely published, he is most recently co-author of Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System (SAGE, 2017); Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, impact, reform (Routledge, 2016) and Climate Change: A Risk Assessment (FCO, 2015). He is the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016). He has been a co-author of three UNDP Human Development Reports, including the pathbreaking Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis (2006). His monthly columns in the Business Standard (Inflexion Points) and the Hindustan Times (Over The Horizon) are widely read. He hosted a documentary on water in Africa, and featured in a National Geographic documentary on energy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford (Clarendon Scholar; Marvin Bower Scholar), an MA (First Class) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Balliol College, Oxford; Radhakrishnan Scholar) and topped Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Jan Andersson

Jan Andersson

Market Development Analyst
Wärtsilä Energy Business, Europe

Jan Andersson is Market Development Analyst of Wärtsilä Energy Business. He joined Wärtsilä in 2008 and has since held various positions in CHP Sales Support, Product Development and Business Development organisations within the company. In his current position, he is responsible for market development activities in Europe. Through his work on power system optimisation, he is demonstrating value of flexibility in power systems and how to integrate renewable energy sources. He is also conducting feasibility studies for specific projects and advising on modelling related issues.

 Mr Anderson is an active promoter of detailed power system modelling that better utilizes renewable energy, reduces emissions and provides affordable power for end users. He has worked extensively in the German, UK and Irish markets, among others, to promote flexible gas engines and dynamic district heating to facilitate the change to a more sustainable power system.

Over the years in the power industry, Mr Anderson has gained extensive knowledge of energy technology as well as electricity and district heating market designs. He has represented Wärtsilä in numerous international conferences and panels with the aim to increase understanding of the value of flexibility in accelerating the transition towards a sustainable energy future.


Mr Andersson graduated from Åbo Akademi University with a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008.

Francois  Austin

Francois Austin

Partner and Global Head of Energy
Oliver Wyman

Francois Austin is the leader of Oliver Wyman’s Global Energy Practice. He has 20 years of consulting experience focused on translating business strategies and ideas into practical results. Mr Austin specialises in strategy, risk management and leadership development and has led a number of change improvement programmes, working at board level within the oil and gas, utilities and financial services sectors. Mr Austin has lived in London, Paris, Rotterdam and the US, and has contributed to various management books, including The Discipline of Market Leaders, Surfing on the Edge of Chaos and has co-authored Strategic Thinking in Tactical Times. Prior to Oliver Wyman, Mr Austin was a Founding Director of Corven Group, a global management consulting and financial advisory firm with offices in the Europe, North America and Asia. Mr Austin holds a double Honors degree in Economics and Economic History.

Kareen Boutonnat

Kareen Boutonnat

Group COO
Lightsource BP

KareenBoutonnat is Group Chief Operating Officer of Lightsource BP andis responsible for all operational and project execution for the company globally. She has led the development and management of Lightsource’s expanding portfolio, successfully reaching significant milestones, including the first company to reach 1GW installed capacity in the UK and securing the company’s position as the leading solar developer in Europe. Prior to Lightsource, Ms Boutonnatworked for solar EPC company, Solar Century, and a number of successful US technology businesses including WebMethods and Sonic Software.

The Rt Hon Tomasz Dąbrowski

The Rt Hon Tomasz Dąbrowski

Undersecretary of State for Energy, Poland

Tomasz Dąbrowski has served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Energy, Poland since June 2018. He has worked in the Ministry of Energy since it was established by the present government in 2015. Previously, he was employed in the now former Ministry of Economic Affairs division in the Energy Department, where he held the position of Senior Expert, Deputy Director and latterly, Director. His main responsibilities focused on strategic planning and drafting of energy policy of Poland, the legal framework for functioning of the country’s electricity sector and implementation of policy and legislation relating to EU energy market liberalisation into the domestic policy and the legal system. In particular, he was in charge of the liberalisation of the Polish electricity market following Poland’s accession to the EU in 2004, support schemes for RES & CHP and design of the capacity market in Poland. He was also responsible for energy related issues and processes during the Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union. He is a graduate of National School of Public Administration in Warsaw. He also has a degree in Physics from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of  the University of Łódź, later graduating with a degree in Law from the university’s Faculty of Law.

Pål  Eitrheim

Pål Eitrheim

Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions

Pål Eitrheim joined Equinor’s International E&P division in 1998. Between 2001 and 2004 he worked in Azerbaijan, holding managerial responsibilities in government affairs and gas marketing. Between 2005 and 2009, Mr Eitrheim served as Head of the CEO’s office at Equinor headquarters in Norway. He held the position as Vice President for US Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. between 2009 and 2011, and was Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Analysis between 2011 and 2014. In this role, in 2013, he led the Secretariat for the investigation into the terrorist attack on the In Amenas gas processing facility in Algeria. Between 2014 and 2017, Mr Eitrheim lived in Rio de Janeiro, serving as President of Statoil Brazil and Senior Vice President for Statoil South America. He served as Chief Procurement Officer for Equinor from 2017 to  2018. In August 2018, Mr Eitrheim joined Equinor’s Executive Committee as Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions.

Mr Eitrheim graduated from. the University of Bergen, Norway in 1997 with a degree in Comparative Politics), from completed studies at University College Dublin, Ireland in History (1992) and Public Law (1993).

Jeff Hamel

Jeff Hamel

Director, Industry Partnerships
Google Nest

Jeff Hamel is the Director, Industry Partnerships at Google Nest. He is responsible for developing and executing strategic partnerships with electric and gas utilities, solar providers and enterprise service providers that leverage Google hardware and services to deliver customer-focused programmes. He previously served as head of North American Energy Partnerships at Nest Labs, where he worked with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programmes that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Mr Hamel was the Executive Director for EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilisation team, with responsibilities for growing broad collaboration with global utilities and governmental agencies. Before joining EPRI in 2007, Mr Hamel worked at General Electric for eight years, and was responsible for managing and leading new growth in GE’s power business. Mr Hamel earned his Bachelor of Science, a US Coast Guard Merchant Marine License, and his commission in the U. Naval Reserves while attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition, Mr Hamel has also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Emmanouil Kakaras

Emmanouil Kakaras

SVP Head of Energy Solution and New Products
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe

Professor Dr. Emmanouil Kakaras has been Vice President and Head of Research & Development at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH since September 2012. His current R&D activities focus mainly on flexible operation of thermal plants, on fuel cells and electrolysers, the development of large-scale energy storage and the utilization of CO2.Since January 2018 he also serves as Senior Vice President for Energy Solution and New Products. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Energy Technologies Europe (ETE, former EPPSA) and of the Board of Directors of EU Turbines.Professor Kakaras’ academic background is on clean energy generation technologies and since December 1991, he has been a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Warsaw and Tokyo. He participates as an external member in various working groups organised by the European Commission (CAG, Energy Committee), the Advisory Council of the Technology Platforms on Zero Emission Power Plants and on Smart Networks for Energy Transition as well as the Scientific Board of Industrial Associations (VGB, Rhein Ruhr Power, BDI). Professor Kakaras is also a member of several advisory committees of academic institutions (EASAC, Academy of Athens, EASE).

Andy Kinsella

Andy Kinsella

Group Chief Executive
Mainstream Renewable Power
Natasha  Landell-Mills

Natasha Landell-Mills

Head of Stewardship
Sarasin & Partners

Natasha Landell-Mills is Head of Stewardship at Sarasin & Partners. Ms Landell-Mills has a background in development economics and responsible investment. Prior to joining Sarasin & Partners, she spent over six years as the Senior Analyst leading ESG integration and several strands of policy work at the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s Investment Management arm. This followed four years in Budapest working with OTP Fund Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Before moving into finance, Ms Landell-Mills  spent a number of years working on sustainable development issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She started her career as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow, working as the Chief Economist in the Guyana Forestry Commission. She is currently a member of the Accounting and Auditing Practices Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network and participates in a number of corporate governance and responsible investment fora. Ms Landell-Mills has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MSc in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from University College London, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Mike  Lockett

Mike Lockett

Chief Commercial Officer Power, Uniper Group
Country Chairman, Uniper UK

Mike Lockett holds the dual of role of Chief Commercial Officer Power for the Uniper Group and Uniper UK Country Chairman. A chartered electrical engineer, Mike began his electricity industry career with Midlands Electricity, which later became part of E.ON.  In 2008, he moved to E. ON’s Dusseldorf trading business, where he held a range of management roles. Since 2017, Mike has been Chief Commercial Officer – Power, responsible for trading, optimisation and dispatch activities for Uniper’s power business.  In 2015, he became a Board Member for the newly-established Uniper UK Ltd, and was appointed Uniper UK Country Chairman in January 2019.

Sinead Lynch

Sinead Lynch

UK Country Chair

Sinead Lynch joined Shell in the role of UK Country Chair in September 2016.  She is Chair of the Board of the Shell UK Pension Trust, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shell Foundation and a Trustee of the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund.  In 2018 she became a Fellow of the Energy Institute. Prior to her appointment to Shell, Ms Lynch worked at BG Group where she was Executive Vice President, Safety and Sustainability, and was responsible for the leadership and integration of Health, Safety & Asset Integrity, Security, Environment & Climate Change, Social Performance & Human Rights, Government & Policy Affairs and Communications disciplines. Ms Lynch worked for BG since 1993, holding a wide variety of roles across business segments and disciplines. She began her career as a Geophysicist specialising in seismic processing and modelling before taking on roles in Exploration and Development Geophysics. From 2001, she worked as an Economist in the UK assets before moving into a series of senior Commercial and Business Development roles. From 2005-2007, she was Vice President, Commercial for BG Nigeria, leading the company’s upstream entry. From 2008-2011, Ms Lynch worked as Area Commercial Manager for BG’s Africa Middle East and Asia assets before taking on the role of Head of Investment Appraisal for BG. She then spent two years in Bangkok as Asset General Manager for the Thailand asset. When the proposed combination between Shell and BG Group was announced in April 2015, Ms Lynch took on the additional responsibility of heading the Integration Planning Team on the BG side and supported the ongoing transition of BG into Shell.  


Adam  Matthews

Adam Matthews

Director of Ethics and Engagement
Church of England Pensions Board

Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC).

Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which identifies companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy. TPI was launched at the London Stock Exchange in January 2017, with the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute and FTSE Russell and is supported by asset owners and managers with over USD $15 trillion assets under management.

Following the tragic Brumadinho tailings disaster; together with the Swedish Council of Ethics for the AP Public Pension Funds, Secretary General John Howchin, Adam co-chairs the Investor Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative.

Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes mining company CEO’s. Previously Adam served as the Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group and before joining the Church of England, was Secretary General of an International legislator’s organisation.

Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.

Richard Newell

Richard Newell

President and CEO
Resources for the Future

Richard Newell is the President and CEO of Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, non-profit research institution that improves environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, the agency responsible for official US government energy statistics and analysis. At Duke University, Dr Newell served as the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and Founding Director of its Energy Initiative and Energy Data Analytics Lab. He has also served as the Senior Economist for Energy and Environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisers.  Dr Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy and the environment, including issues surrounding global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy innovation.  He has provided expert advice to many institutions, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the International Energy Forum and is a member of the National Petroleum Council.  Dr Newell holds a PhD from Harvard University, an MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a BS and BA from Rutgers University.

Steve Oldham

Steve Oldham

Carbon Engineering

Steve Oldham is Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is leading the commercialisation of groundbreaking technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, and a second technology that synthesises it into clean, affordable transportation fuels that can power existing cars, trucks and airplanes without any modifications.

 Mr Oldham brings an impressive track-record of technology commercialisation to CE, with previous positions in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors, and a succession of executive positions at MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates, one of Canada’s largest technology companies. He has played a lead role in a number of ‘Canada firsts’ in technology commercialisation, including the first robot performing brain surgery, the first commercial radar satellite, robots that clean the inside of nuclear reactors and satellites that service and repair other satellites.

Keith Owen

Keith Owen

Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy
Northern Gas Works

Keith Owen is Head of Systems Development and Energy Strategy Northern Gas Networks, a position he has held since 2016. This new position specifically looks at the role of gas, within the context of the UK energy system, the underpinning infrastructure and the potential benefits a whole systems approach to systems planning and operation can bring to both the customer and wider UK energy industry. Mr Owen is also the project manager for InTEGReL, the whole energy systems research and development centre launched in 2017 by NGN, in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University. He became the strategic manager for H21 in 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr Owen was Head of Asset Assurance, overseeing the Distribution System Operator function on behalf of Northern Gas Networks, from 2013. This followed a variety of industry roles. Mr Owen begin his career with British Gas as Communication Systems Engineer, working on a range of projects supporting the business communications infrastructure and control centre operations.

Paddy Padmanathan

Paddy Padmanathan

President and CEO
ACWA Power

Paddy Padmanathan, a professional Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience, has served ACWA Power from 2005 as the company grew from a startup to where it is today; a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia. Including projects in development, the portfolio has an investment value of $45bn. and can generate 29+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be delivered on a bulk basis to state owned utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take arrangements under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models of contracts.

Focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost responding to customer’s preferences on technology and fuel, ACWA Power owns and operates some of the largest oil, gas and coal fired power plants. As the world turns increasingly to renewable energy, ACWA Power is also developing some of the largest solar power plants, of both CSP and PV technology and continues to be at the forefront in reducing the cost of renewable energy on a global scale and in promoting localization of technology and industrialization of the emerging economies in which it invests.

A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects financed by the national treasuries and multilateral financial agencies and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. In addition to his leadership and executive responsibilities at ACWA Power, he also serves on the Board of directors of several companies all serving the water and power sectors,  and on the Board of BESIX, a Belgian Headquartered engineering and construction company operating on all five continents.

Tom Pakenham

Tom Pakenham

Director, Electric Vehicles

Tom Pakenham is Director of the Electric Vehicles division at Kaluza, the electric vehicles division of OVO. Since joining Kaluza in January 2017, he has been instrumental in the transition of Kaluza from a pure kWh retail business into a diversified energy services company, leading the move into the electric vehicles market with the launch of the EV Everywhere energy bundle and ongoing development of smart-charging customer propositions.

In 2017, Mr Pakenham oversaw Kaluza’s strategic partnership with Chargemaster, the UK’s biggest provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, along with investments into electric vehicle charge point installer, ChargedEV and Indra Renewable Technologies, providers of electric vehicle components and services.

Prior to joining Kaluza, Mr Pakenham founded greentomatocars in 2006 - the world’s first low emission taxi company, which he sold to global transport conglomerate Transdev. After selling greentomatocars, he launched greentomatoenergy - an energy efficiency and micro-renewables business - which was acquired by a private equity firm in 2013. After this, he led the Business Development and Innovation team at Transdev Plc.


Mr Pakenham graduated from Cambridge University with an MA  degree in History and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School. He is a qualified solicitor.

Andy Perry

Andy Perry

Principal, Energy Practice
Oliver Wyman

Currently a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Energy Practice, Andy Perry has 10 years of experience at the forefront of Energy system transformation. After building his career at major consultancies, he moved to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) to lead smart grid and electricity system strategy. Following DECC he became Head of Section for Market and Policy Development in the Energy consulting division of DNV GL where he developed and managed projects looking at market and network innovation. In particular, he focused on changing business models, new technologies and the de-centralisation of the system. Before joining Oliver Wyman in November 2016, he was Chief Strategy Officer at Tempus Energy, a technology start-up and energy supplier. There he was responsible for a number of activities including the development of business strategy, fund raising and partnerships, restructuring of supply operations and sales functions and evaluating flexibility value and pricing. Mr Perry holds a First Class BA (Honours) degree in Philosophy and Economics and a MSc in Public Policy from University College London.

Andreas  Regnell

Andreas Regnell

Senior Vice President of Strategic Development

Andreas Regnell is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Vattenfall, a leading European state owned energy company. Mr Regnell has been with Vattenfall since 2010 and previously held positions as Head of Nordic Business Strategy from 2014 to 2015 and Head of Strategy and Sustainability, from 2010 to 2013. Former positions Mr Regnell has held include Senior Partner, then Managing Director and Managing Partner of Nordic Region at The Boston Consulting Group, from 1992 to 2010 and Analyst and Account Manager, Citibank from 1989 to 1992. Mr Regnell  is also currently a Board member of Svevia AB, Northvolt AB and Hybrit AB. He holds a BSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics

Alex Schneiter

Alex Schneiter

Lundin Petroleum

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Alex Schneiter is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy and vision of Lundin Petroleum. Mr Schneiter was appointed to his current position in 2015. He has worked with public companies associated with the Lundin family since 1993  and was appointed Vice President Exploration of Lundin Oil in 1998. Following the acquisition of Lundin Oil by Talisman Energy in 2001, Lundin Petroleum was formed and he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to joining Lundin Petroleum, from 1990, Mr Schneiter worked as a geophysicist, seismic interpreter and seismic acquisition QC at a public Canadian oil company, and prior to that, from 1987 until 1989, he worked in the research and mining domain as a geophysicist. Mr Schneiter is a graduate of Geneva University where he obtained a degree in Geology and a Master’s degree in Geophysics.

Lord Adair Turner

Lord Adair Turner

Senior Fellow
Institute for New Economic Thinking

Lord Turner is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, where he was Chairman until January 2019. He currently chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming. 

From 2008 to 2013, Lord Turner chaired the UK’s Financial Services Authority, and played a leading role in the post-crisis redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation.

He has held other high profile roles in public policy: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); Chairman of the UK Low Pay Commission (2002-2006); Chairman of the Pensions Commision (2003-2006); and the first Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012), an independent body to advise the UK Government on tackling climate change. He became a crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2006.

Lord Turner is Chairman of Chubb Europe, and a Trustee at the British Museum. He is on the Advisory Board of Envision Energy, a Shanghai-based group focused on renewable energy, batteries and digital systems.

Amongst his business roles, Lord Turner worked at McKinsey & Company (1982-1995), and was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006) and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008).

He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt) and a Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He writes regularly for Project Syndicate, and has published Between Debt and the Devil (Princeton 2015), and Economics after the Crisis (MIT 2012). He is an honorary fellow of The Royal Society, and received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University in 2017.

Mark van Baal

Mark van Baal

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Huibert Vigeveno

Huibert Vigeveno

Executive Vice President, Global Commercial

Huibert Vigeveno is Executive Vice President of Shell Global Commercial, Shell’s B2B organisation of over 8000 people serving more than one million customers worldwide, from all forms of transport and from a wide range of industrial sectors.  Global Commercial is home to Shell’s aviation, bitumen, lubricants and marine businesses, and its team refuel a plane every 14 seconds; pave 450 km of road every day; protect one in seven cars and one in 12 pieces of industrial machinery from wind farms to farm equipment and deliver lubricants to over 10,000 vessels each year.

Mr Vigeveno joined Shell in 1995 as a Business Analyst and has led multiple downstream businesses across Shell in Europe, Africa, the US, Mexico and South America.  In 2012, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Shell in China, strengthening Shell’s Upstream and Downstream businesses within China and internationally with Chinese partners.  In 2015, he led the integration of BG Group, Shell’s biggest acquisition in more than a century, and in 2016 was appointed Transition CEO.

With a passion for the growth potential of large-scale digital programmes, Mr Vigeveno is part of the Royal Dutch Shell Digital Steering Team and pioneers the digital agenda across Downstream, including a funnel of ventures and services benefitting Global Commercial Customers.

Mr Vigeveno holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Amsterdam.

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Faraday Grid

Systems architect by nature, mechatronic engineer by education, design leader and facilitator by passion, Matthew Williams provides a conduit of understanding between complex interdependent dynamic systems and the world.

In fulfilling Faraday’s ambition to unlock sustainable prosperity through electricity, Mr Williams manages strategic direction, technology development and is the author of Faraday Grid’s ever-growing list of technology patents.

Before Faraday, Mr Williams led a systems-engineering company and was responsible for technical-, client- and project management of multi-million dollar projects globally, where he delivered mission-critical logistics, automation, business and safety systems across the power and process sectors.

Using the company’s proprietary Design by Rationalised Constraints methodology, MrWilliams and Faraday Grid are designing the energy ecosystem of the future.

Kıvanç Zaimler

Kıvanç Zaimler

President, Energy Group
Sabanci Holding

Kıvanç Zaimler has served as the Head of Energy Group at Sabancı Holding since July 2018. He also serves as Deputy Chair of World Energy Council Turkish National Committee, President of the Energy Working Group of TÜSİAD, Vice Chairman of ELDER (Association of Distribution System Operators), member of the Advisory Council of Shura Energy Transition Center and as Board of Director member of IICEC (Sabancı University Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate).

Mr Zaimler joined Sabancı Group in 2008. He served as the Trade Director of Enerjisa until 2013, and as Vice President of Enerjisa Distribution Business Unit from 2013-2016, as Vice President of the Sales Business Unit, and then as CEO of Enerjisa Enerji from March 2016.

Prior to joining Sabanci Group, Mr Zaimler worked in various executive positions in Turkish Electricity Industry, RAM Foreign Trade and Aygaz companies respectively from 1992 and until 2008. 

Mr Zaimler graduated from Istanbul Erkek Lisesi and Istanbul Technical University Industrial Engineering Department in 1991.


Chair and Moderators (4)

David  Sheppard

David Sheppard

Energy Editor
Financial Times

David Sheppard is Energy Editor at the Financial Times. He joined the FT as Deputy Commodities Editor in April 2016, following an 8 year career at Reuters covering oil markets and the Middle East from London, New York and Iraq.

A Gerald Loeb award winner, he helps coordinate the FT's coverage of oil and commodity markets, as well as focusing on trading houses and investment banks in the sector.

Leslie Hook

Leslie Hook

Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Leslie Hook is the FT’s Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, based in London. Since joining the Financial Times in 2010, she has reported from Beijing and most recently from San Francisco, where she covered Uber and self-driving cars. She was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a recipient of the FT’s Jones-Mauthner Memorial Prize (runner-up) in 2017. Previously she was at the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Anjli Raval

Anjli Raval

Senior Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Anjli Raval is the FT's Senior Energy Correspondent based in London. Prior to joining the commodities team, she spent three years as a reporter and editor in New York. She covered the US consumer sector which included reporting on real estate, retail and hospitality. 

She has also been a reporter in the FT's New Delhi bureau and a writer for the beyondbrics and Energy Source blogs. Since joining the FT in 2009 she has been a companies, markets and breaking news reporter and an editor on the comment and analysis desk.

Nathalie Thomas

Nathalie Thomas

Energy Correspondent
Financial Times

Nathalie Thomas is Energy Correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Scotland. She joined the FT in 2014, first of all on its breaking news fastFT team. She was previously transport editor at the Daily Telegraph in London and worked at The Scotsman in Edinburgh. She started her journalism career as a foreign affairs researcher at the Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo. Nathalie is a graduate in modern languages from Wadham College, Oxford.


Agenda - 27th Jun

  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Countering the Climate Backlash: Policy Making in the Age of Populism

    Policy making is sometimes described as ‘the elephant in the room’ in the energy transition. Politicians stand accused of failing to keep pace with the pace of technology change and innovation in the industry. Populism is on the rise, and the recent backlash against carbon taxes in France and elsewhere have shown that a meaningful and universal carbon price is unlikely any time soon. Yet the stakes are high, with energy demand set to rise significantly in the year ahead and climate experts warning of a 12-year window in which to keep global warming to the 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Governments will need to ‘think big’ to incentivise the scale of action that will be needed for the next crucial stage of the energy transition. What are the policies governments are pursuing to ensure the necessary decarbonisation takes place and energy needs are met? How is the current climate backlash impacting policy making with regards to energy? If collective efforts to affect change through climate diplomacy are failing, what is plan ‘B’ for climate and energy?

    The Rt Hon Tomasz Dąbrowski, Undersecretary of State for Energy, Poland
    Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK
    José Dominguez Abascal, State Secretary for Energy, Spain
    Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:00am
    FT Keynote Interview

    Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Vice President, Global Commercial,  Royal Dutch Shell in conversation with David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Panel: Transition Perspectives: The Next Chapter – From Experimentation to Pragmatic Action

    Renewables are advancing, absorbing twice as much investment for power generation as coal, gas, oil and nuclear combined last year. Sales of EVs are gaining momentum, and battery costs are rapidly declining. Yet despite considerable effort, fossil fuels, which accounted for some 81% of energy mix in 2008, remain at that same level, with the IEA predicting the level to drop to only 74% in 2040. Given this scenario, are we really in an energy transition, and if so, what are we transitioning from and to, and where are we headed?

    Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair, Shell
    Richard Newell, President and CEO, Resources for the Future (RFF)
    Andy Kinsella, Group CEO, Mainstream Renewable Power
    Alex Schneiter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lundin Petroleum
    Moderator: Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy EditorFinancial Times

  • 11:05am
    Keynote Interview

    Francois Austin, Partner and Global Head of Energy , Oliver Wyman in conversation with David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:40am
    Technology to Advance the Energy Transition

    David Eyton, Group Head of Technology, BP in conversation with David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:55am
    Panel: The Long Race: Decarbonising Industry and Prospects for Advanced Zero/Negative Emissions Technologies

    With the decarbonisation of the power and transport underway, the heavy lifting of the energy transition - the decarbonisation of heating and industry lies ahead. The measures which decarbonisation will entail - the displacement of coal and gas as feedstocks and as fuel in some industrial processes, as well as the potential for hydrogen to replace gas in residential heating, have important implications and for energy demand, and for the broader energy system. And there is renewed interest in CCS, viewed as a potential game-changer in the process. Longer-term, negative emissions technologies which remove carbon directly from the air are expected to come into play. What would a net zero emissions energy system look like, and how do we get there?  What are the implications for the energy system? What are the commercial challenges, prospects and potential timelines for CCS, hydrogen and negative emission technologies?

    Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission (ETC)
    Keith Owen, Head of Systems Development & Energy Strategy, Northern Gas Networks
    Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, OGCI Climate Investments
    Steve Oldham, CEO, Carbon Engineering
    Emmanouil Kakaras, SVP Head of Energy Solution and New Products, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe
    Moderator: Nathalie Thomas, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times


  • 12:45pm
    FT Strategy Dialogue

    Pål Eitrheim, Executive Vice President, New Energy Solutions, Equinor in conversation with David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:05pm
    Keynote Interview

    Mike Lockett, Chief Commercial Officer Power, Uniper Group; UK Country Chairman, Uniper in conversation with Nathalie Thomas, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:20pm
    Panel: The Future of Renewables and the Challenge of Mass Electrification

    Are renewables a mere ‘dependent output’ of the fossil fuelled economy, or the baseload of the future? Opinion on the future of renewables are sharply divided, with some pointing to the expected fourfold increase in electricity which will be needed to meet the demand of an expanded EV fleet, heating, and a prospective hydrogen economy, and to the limitations of renewables and batteries which may impede their expansion. Yet developments currently underway, to include the growing involvement of large and small corporates in renewables procurement and generation, as well as financial, technological and project innovation point to the possibility of a different future. What role will renewables plus batteries plus cross-border interconnections (‘supergrids’) plus in the path to mass electrification? Will intermittency remain a barrier to large-scale renewable deployment, or will batteries open a new frontier in renewables’ fortunes? Will renewables and batteries remain the headline act of the transition, or will gas with CCS or hydrogen give renewables ‘a run for their money’?

    Marco Alverà, CEO, Snam
    Kareen Boutonnat, Group Chief Operating Officer, Lightsource BP
    Paddy Padmanathan, Chief Executive Officer and President, ACWA Power
    Andy Perry, Energy Principal, Oliver Wyman
    Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, Ørsted  
    Moderator: David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm

    Jan Andersson, Market Development Analyst, Wärtsilä Energy Business, Europe

  • 3:25pm
    Networking Coffee Break
  • 3:45pm
    Keynote Interview

    Matthew Williams, Founder, Director, Chief Technology Officer, Faraday Grid

  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Moving Towards the Customer - A Future in Energy Services?

    As the transition gets underway, energy companies are exploring the potential for new business and revenue streams in the burgeoning field of energy services - from demand management and battery installation to smart homes to personalised services tailored to the customers unique needs.  How is the relationship between energy companies and their customers being transformed as the forces of digitalisation, distribution and decentralisation take hold, and what opportunities does this present? Can traditional energy companies make viable businesses in energy services, and will shareholders support? What will be the balance between the traditional/conventional and asset based and the customer focussed aspects of the business, and how are energy companies building capabilities to compete in these markets? What are potential services innovations which can create value for both residential and industrial customers? From virtual power plants and P2P trading and personalised energy services, how is digitalisation creating new business opportunities and revenue streams for energy companies?

    Peter Filcek, Global Product Director, Centrica Hive
    Jeff Hamel, Director, Industry Partnerships, Google Nest
    Tom Pakenham, Director , Electric Vehicles , Kaluza
    Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development , Vattenfall 
    Kıvanç Zaimler President, Energy Group, Sabanci Holding
    Moderator: Nathalie Thomas, Energy Correspondent, Financial Times 



  • 4:50pm
    Panel: The Energy Industry and the Rise of Shareholder Activism

    Mark van Baal, Founder, Follow This
    Natasha Landell-Mills, Head of Stewardship, Sarasin & Partners   
    Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board
    Moderator: Anjli Raval, Senior Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:25pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair

    David Sheppard, Energy Editor, Financial Times

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.

The FT Energy Transition Strategies Summit will be attended by senior decision-makers from the following sectors:

  • Fossil Fuels (Oil & Gas, Coal)
  • Power/Utilities
  • Clean Energy (Renewables, Carbon Capture and Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency, Virtual Power Plants) and Nuclear
  • Green Financiers and Investors
  • Corporates/Energy End Users
  • Electric Vehicles/Alternative Fuels and EV Infrastructure
  • Battery and Energy Storage Suppliers
  • Energy Consultants and Lawyers
  • Government, National, Local, Municipal and Community power
  • Metals, Materials and Rare Earth Mineral Suppliers

Why Attend?

  • Discuss how the forces of decarbonisation, digitisation and decentralisation are transforming energy markets
  • Explore the next trigger points of the industry’s transformation
  • Discover on the implications of the energy transition for the economy, current investment and jobs  
  • Debate whether energy storage will bridge the gap between intermittent renewables and 24/7 energy reliability  
  • Hear the latest thinking on how energy companies can adjust to an increasingly data-driven energy future and the business models they are developing to stay in the game
  • Play long and short with the FT on leading industry technologies and trends: emerging markets leapfrog, world’s last coal plant, prospects for a first oil company renewables mega deal.


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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 60 cities across 29 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 5,000 professionals around the world who work with clients to optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].

For more information, visit
Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.

Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Our offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, hybridised solar power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world.

Associate Sponsors (5)

ACWA Power is a developer, investor and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. ACWA Power employs over 3,500 people with about 60% local employment. ACWA Power’s portfolio, with an investment value in excess of USD 45 billion, can generate 29+ GW of power and produce 4.8 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be mostly delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.

ACWA Power, registered and head-quartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is owned by eight Saudi conglomerates, Sanabil Direct Investment Company (owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), the Saudi Public Pensions Agency and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

ACWA Power pursues a mission to reliably deliver electricity and desalinated water at a low cost, thereby contributing to the social and economic development of the communities and countries it invests in and serves.

ACWA Power strives to achieve success by adhering to the values of Safety, People and Performance in operating its business. For more info, please visit

Faraday Grid is a private, investor-backed company on a global mission to enable energy systems fit for the future. Faraday Grid transforms the existing electricity grid into a dynamic platform for energy with limitless capacity for innovation.

The Faraday technology encompasses hardware, firmware and software that integrates into existing infrastructure and unlocks a highly flexible and productive system – similarly to how internet routers connected into the telephone system and enabled the internet.

Faraday is expanding rapidly and partnering with leading companies around around the world. With offices in the UK, US, mainland Europe and Australia, Faraday’s purpose is to enable sustainable prosperity for everyone.

Lundin Petroleum is one of the leading independent oil and gas companies in Europe, creating sustainable, long-term value across the full spectrum of the oil and gas value chain.

With a strategic focus on Norway, we develop oil and gas resources efficiently and responsibly for a sustainable and low carbon energy future. We seek to be part of the energy transition by providing affordable and reliable energy that is produced with the lowest possible carbon footprint. It is this innovative mind-set that lies behind our success on the Norwegian continental shelf and makes us an industry leader in low carbon operations.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with over 83,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenue of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI Group owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and space.

MHI Group provides world-class technical solutions across the entire energy value chain that enable industry-leading production efficiency and significantly reduced environmental impact. MHI Group’s energy portfolio spans conventional and nuclear power, including GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification), renewable energy solutions such as offshore wind turbines, geothermal and organic rankine cycle power generation technology as well as turbomachinery. MHI Group is leading the change in the industrial and power generation sectors through its advanced technology, service and digital solutions.

For more information, please visit MHI’s website:

For the latest trends and innovations shaping industrial technology, visit MHI’s online media Spectra:

Uniper is an international energy company with around 12,000 employees. In the UK, it owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power and gas assets and its generation fleet makes a tangible contribution to Britain’s supply security. 

Through its trading activities, it makes its power production available to the market, and provides balancing services to the UK system operator. It buys and sells natural gas, brought to the UK via pipelines or LNG terminals. Uniper also has a stake in BBL, a 235km gas pipeline between Balgzand in the Netherlands and Bacton, and significant long-term regasification capacity at the Grain LNG terminal in Kent.

In addition, it owns and operate the gas storage facility at Holford in Cheshire and two high-pressure gas pipelines.

The Nottingham-based Uniper Engineering Academy offers purpose-built facilities delivering bespoke training programmes to match energy business needs anywhere in the world and is accredited as an approved provider under the Government’s apprenticeship levy programme.

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Flanders Investment and Trade is a government development agency at the Belgian Embassy in London.

We provide confidential expert advice on doing business on the European continent, using Flanders as the gateway. Our services are tailored to your business needs and are free of charge. We can help you find the right location and get you in touch with the right specialist or partner. Flanders Investment and Trade will guide you through our tax incentives and available grants to maximize opportunity.

Feel free to contact us on or +44 (0)207 307 77 10 regarding any query on doing business in Europe. 

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We Mean Business is a global coalition of nonprofit organizations working with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The coalition brings together seven organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Together we catalyze business action to drive policy ambition and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. More than 900 companies with a market capitalization of over $17 trillion have made more than 1,400 commitments to bold climate action. To join and learn more, visit

Supporting Partners (2)

Carbon Tracker is an independent financial think tank that carries out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential investment in high-cost, carbon-intensive fossil fuels. Its team of financial market, energy and legal experts apply groundbreaking research using leading industry databases to map both risk and opportunity for investors on the path to a low-carbon future. It has cemented the terms “carbon bubble”, “unburnable carbon” and “stranded assets” into the financial and environmental lexicon.

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European natural gas infrastructure operators active in natural gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 70-member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: Gas Transmission Europe (GTE), Gas Storage Europe (GSE) and Gas LNG Europe (GLE), who cooperate under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on gas infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

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