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9 November 2023 - 9 November 2023

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham City, DH1 5TA. If travelling by car, there will be a tablet placed at the conference registration desk for people to register their vehicle for the complimentary parking.

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This years free DEI annual conference will take place in the Radisson Blu hotel in Durham City. Come along to take part in the discussion and inform the debate on the steps required to shape energy policy through just transition finance. Registration essential for catering purposes.

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Durham Energy Institute


Thursday 9th November 2023
Radisson Blu, Durham City


Policies and Finance for a Just Transition

DEI’s headline remit since its inception in 2009 has been ‘Energy, Science and Society’.

DEI is a world leader on interdisciplinary research across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering and was one of the first truly interdisciplinary energy research institutes in the UK. 

The DEI Energy Day celebrates 14 years of Durham Energy Institute bringing people together from across the globe in multiple disciplines to think differently about energy.  Find out about the cutting edge of energy research here at Durham and join us to think about how we should get to Net Zero.

Come along to take part in the discussion and inform the debate on the steps required to shape energy policy through just transition finance.

Registration for this free public event is essential for catering purposes. Please visit EventBrite


9.30-10.00     Refreshments & Registration

10.00-10.05   Welcome, DEI Exec Director, Professor Simone Abram

10.05-11.05   Financing the Just Transition

Chair – Professor Ed Twiddy
Speaker 1 – Dr Sean Field
Speaker 2 – Ms Melanie Markwick-Day
Speaker 3 – Dr Federico Lupo-Pasini

Many people blame the world markets for supporting fossil fuels, but finance can also create the transition, so what is the world of finance doing to make the transition happen?  This panel will look at the role of finance and how it could transform the pace of change. 

11.05-11.30   Break

11.30-12.30   Shaping Energy Policy

Chair – Professor Helen Goodman
Speaker 1 – Dr Gabriela Manley
Speaker 2 – Professor Andrew Wright
Speaker 3 – Mr Adam Scorer

UK energy policy is not bringing us to Net Zero.  What should a UK energy policy look like and who should be involved in preparing it?

12.30-14.00   Lunch break, poster competition (judged by Professor Colin Bain, PVC Research) & networking

14.00-15.00   Book launch

Book 1 – Renewable Energy Law textbook – Dr Olivia Woolley
Book 2 – Energy Futures – Professor Simone Abram
Book 3 – Climate Litigation and Justice in Africa – Dr Kim Bouwer

Durham University academics are at the forefront of energy research, come and celebrate the publication of some of the books that have been published this year.

15.00-15.30   Networking break

15.30-16.30   Ask an Expert

Chair:  Dr Joanna Berry

Table 1 – Professor John Loughhead (How to advise government)
Table 2 – Dr Stuart Jones (CO2 and subsurface energy storage)
Table 3 – Dr Andrew Crossland (Solar)
Table 4 – Dr Jeroen van Hunen (Minewater Heating)
Table 5 – Dr Kim Bouwer (Climate Law)
Table 6 – Dr Simon Pirani (Energy transition - social aspects)
Table 7 – Dr Maggie Bosanquet (Local Government Climate Emergency Plans)
Table 8 – Mr Rob Williams (Supply chain decarbonisation)
Table 9 – Dr Benj Sykes, Professor Alan Lowdon OBE & Professor Simon Hogg (Wind Energy and its contribution to the Clean Energy Transition?)
Table 10 – Dr Andy Smallbone (Hydrogen)
Table 11 – Professor Hong Sun (Smart Grids)
Table 12 – Tom Bray (Decarbonising the University Estate)
Table 13 – Professor Jon Gluyas (Natural hydrogen, geothermal energy and CCS)
Table 14 – Professor Tony Roskilly (Integrated Energy Systems)

Have you got questions about energy but have never had the opportunity to speak to an expert about it?  Come and meet our experts in this hour long open session where you can ask questions to our energy experts.

16.30-16.40   Poster competition awards presented by Professor Barbara Vest OBE

16.40-16.50   Closing remarks by Dr Benj Sykes, DEI Advisory Board Chair & Ørsted

16.50-18.00   Networking drinks reception