In response to the coronavirus pandemic, UKERC’s webinar series was created in mid-2021 to engage and inspire the energy research community while working from home.

We’ve found that webinars are a great way to share ideas and bring people together from across the UK. We are pleased to announce that UKERC’s webinar series will be a permanent feature going forward.

Our events bring together UKERC researchers and external stakeholders to discuss topics at the cutting edge of energy research. Please note, all of our webinars are free to attend.

We are always looking for speakers; if you would like to collaborate with us, please contact Amber Sawyer.

Below you will find our 2022 schedule and recordings of past events.

2022 Schedule

26 May: ‘UK Energy Resilience: Looking to Next Winter and Beyond’

The energy crisis, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, is affecting millions of people worldwide. It has generated much debate around where we source energy, how we use it and how to protect consumers who are struggling to pay their bills. UKERC, the Energy Institute and Royal Academy of Engineering are teaming up to consider how the UK can best to respond to the energy crisis.

This event will explore both short term actions, or priorities for the coming winter, as well as longer term actions and how they intersect with the wider net zero transition. The event will run in two sessions that address these timeframes individually.

It will also be the first in a series of two events: unfortunately, the energy crisis and its effects will persist for some time, so we will be running a follow-up event in October to discuss new developments that unfold over the summer.

Speakers TBC.

This event will take place on 26 May 2022 from 09:00-12:35. Please register here.

Our 2022 schedule is updated regularly. Please check back for future events.


Green Jobs

Published: 12 April 2022

There have been multiple calls for investment in green jobs, skills and infrastructure to help achieve the UK’s net zero target, while supporting economic recovery from COVID-19 and a just transition away from high carbon sectors. Employment and economic benefits are often cited as part of efforts to lobby for investment in clean energy projects such as renewables, low carbon heating and energy efficiency.

This webinar presented the key findings and policy recommendations arising from UKERC’s latest project exploring low carbon energy jobs. In particular, it considered whether policy-driven expansion of low carbon energy actually creates jobs, particularly if the policies in question require subsidies that are paid for through bills or taxes.

Speakers: Janet Wood, British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE); Jan Webb, University of Edinburgh and UKERC; Richard Hanna, Imperial College London and UKERC; Chloé Nemo Ramirez, The Climate Change Committee (CCC); Charles Wood, Energy UK; Anna Markova, Trades Union Congress (TUC).

If you would like a copy of Richard’s slides, please email Amber Sawyer.

Deploying Heat Pumps While Providing Multiple Household Benefits

Published: 22 March 2022

Heat pumps are central to the decarbonisation of heating and removing fossil gas from the UK’s energy mix. This webinar heard from UK heating experts on the policies, consumer protection, support and cost reductions needed to enable the deployment of 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028.

Speakers: Richard Lowes, Regulatory Assistance Project; Dhara Vyas, Energy UK; Tina Fawcett, Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford; Leah Robson, Your Energy Your Way.

The Gas Crisis: What Next?

Published: 16 February 2022

The causes of the UK’s high gas prices are now well understood. Instead, discussion turns to how long prices will remain high and what needs to be done to mitigate them. This webinar explored the wider consequences of the UK’s current gas price crisis, investigated the prospects for future EU-Russia gas relations and finally asked what we should prioritise for a more resilient system. This was discussed within the wider context of the UK’s energy transition before opening to audience Q&A.

Speakers: Professor Michael Bradshaw, UKERC and Warwick Business School; Dr Katja Yafimava, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Juliet Phillips, E3G; Professor Rob Gross, UKERC and Imperial College London.

Review of Energy Policy 2021

Published: 16 December 2021

In December  we held an event to launch our Review of Energy Policy. With a focus on gas and the UK continental shelf, industrial decarbonisation, heat, mobility and the environment, this looked at developments both at home and internationally and ask whether the UK is a leader in decarbonisation. Read the full review here.

Chaired by Director Rob Gross, we had presentations from Co-Directors Mike Bradshaw who focused on gas, and Nicky Beaumont who focused on the environment. This was followed by a panel discussion with: Maureen Paul, Interim Chief Economist, Ofgem; Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace; Prof. Beth Scott, University of Aberdeen; and Prof Jim Watson, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Delivering Net Zero (DNZ)

Published: 20 December 2021

Delivering Net Zero (DNZ) is a collaborative project being undertaken by the University of Leeds, Cardiff University and Cultivate Innovation. The project seeks to unite and explore a range of cross-sector perspectives to identify where consensus does and does not exist on how the UK should deliver net zero. Data is being collected via three rounds of deliberative workshops, the first of which convened 42 top academics from across the research community working in energy supply, energy demand and greenhouse gas removal. This webinar convened a panel of experts to introduce the key themes that emerged from the academic community and discuss the opportunities and barriers to developing cross-sector narratives on net zero.

Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience

Published: 1 November 2021

The cold-chain is the backbone of our local and global food networks. Conventional cold-chains for food are energy intensive and use refrigerants that often have high Global Warming Potentials (GWPs). How food is delivered has major implications for rural economies, the food and drinks industry, social well-being, climate change, food security, energy security, and urban air quality. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and the food sector is predicted to increase due to population growth.

London South Bank University, University of Birmingham, Heriot Watt University and Cranfield University are working together to provide a comprehensive, evidence-driven set of road maps for the UK food cold-chain (chilled and frozen) to be able to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. This webinar will present preliminary work on the assessment of current and future cold-chain emissions from UK food cooling systems.

The Future of Energy Retail

Published: 28 April 2021

Drawing on key themes highlighted in the recent ReCosting Energy – Powering for the Future report, the UKERC hosted webinar explores issues such as as those around the optimisation of the system, changes to the customer experience, an increase in the importance and use of data and artificial intelligence, and the need for institutional to change.

The webinar was chaired by UKERC Director Rob Gross and features Laura Sandys of Challenging Ideas who delivers a short presentation drawing on the recent ReCosting Energy – Powering for the Future report, this was followed by a panel discussion with: Sarah Keay-Bright, Practice Manager for Policy & Regulation, Energy Systems Catapult; Will Blyth UKERC researcher and Director of Oxford Energy Associates; and Jeff Hardy senior researcher, The Grantham Institute at Imperial College.