Rescaling the UK’s Energy System: 29 November


Rescaling the UK’s energy system 

Tuesday 29 November 2016 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

This event is delivered in partnership with the UK Energy Research Centre  ukerc-logo



5.30pm – 6.00pm: Refreshments upon arrival.

6.00pm – 7.30pm: Expert panel discussion including audience Q&A.

7.30pm – 9.00pm: Networking drinks reception (complimentary drink included).

Click here for details of the chair and panel.


            Tickets: This is a free event. To secure your place, please email providing the following details:

  • Full name
  • Job title and organisation
  • Professional interest in attending (max. 50 words)

For further information or enquiries, please contact the RGS-IBG Policy Officer, Frances Dixon on t: 020 7591 3058 (Monday – Thursday, 9.30am – 5.30pm).

Who should attend?

This event welcomes all professionals in the broad field of energy, including from practice, consultancy, policy and research.

By attending this event, you can accrue ‘Continuing Professional Development’ points towards the Chartered Geographer accreditation.

Rescaling the UK’s energy system

The UK Government’s overriding priorities with regards to energy policy are to deliver secure, reliable, clean, affordable energy. Delivering on these priorities presents policy-makers in Government with a ‘trilemma’: how can the UK decarbonise its energy system to meet the legally binding targets under the Climate Change Act and international commitments, whilst ensuring both security of supply and that energy is affordable for consumers?

Panellists at the Policy Forum event on 29 November will consider the dimensions of this ‘trilemma’ and how this can be delivered upon in the context of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (‘Brexit’).

The panellist’s contributions will move delegates through different scales over the course of the discussion: from the global to a European scale and to the scale of the UK energy system, including the devolved nations of the UK, and to the level of community energy generation as a growing contributor to the UK’s energy mix.


david-carrington-200Dr Damian Carrington, Head of Environment, Guardian

Damian Carrington is the Head of Environment at the Guardian and the Observer. Previously he has worked at New Scientist, BBC News Online and the Financial Times. He has a PhD in Geology from the University of Edinburgh, where he also did post-doctoral research, and a degree in Earth Science from the University of Cambridge.





joseph_dutton_200Joseph Dutton: Associate Research Fellow in the  Energy Policy Group, in the Geography Department at the University of Exeter

Joseph is working on the politics of UK and European energy policy interactions. Previously he was a market reporter for commodities price reporting agency Argus Media, covering the UK wholesale gas market and upstream industry. Joseph has published research on the globalisation of UK gas supply, the development of shale gas in the UK and Europe, and the changing dynamics of global gas markets. In the past he worked on the Global Gas Security Project at the University of Leicester, and as an analyst in upstream oil and gas consultancy.



Professor Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre and Co-Director, professor_gordon_walker_web_cropDEMAND Centre

Gordon Walker is Co-Director of the Research Councils UK-funded DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand). The Centre takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. Within the Centre, Gordon’s research focuses on how energy is related to notions of needs, rights and justice; studies the work of energy professionals using energy management and control systems; and examines the dynamics of energy use and everyday life. Gordon’s other diverse research interests include sustainability, social practice and transitions; the social dimensions of energy technologies and public engagement with community energy projects.


Joan MacNjoan-macnaughton-pres-energy-institute-200aughton CB, Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council

Joan MacNaughton is Executive Chair of the ‘World Energy Trilemma’ (an initiative of the World Energy Council), an annual assessment of the quality of 129 countries’ energy policies. She is also Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Energy Academy of Europe and a Member of the Advisory Council for the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis in the United States. Since 2013, Joan has been Trustee of the Climate Group and became a Fellow of the International Emissions Trading Association in 2010. Following a career in the civil service, including positions as Director General for Energy and for International Energy Security, Joan MacNaughton joined Alstom, spearheading its advocacy for clean sustainable energy,  and culminating in a year as the company’s Global Adviser on Sustainable Policies. Joan MacNaughton was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by HM the Queen in 2006.