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. We are always looking for speakers. If you would like to collaborate with us, please contact Amber Sawyer to discuss co-producing a webinar with UKERC.

Watch our 2021 webinars below, these cover:

The schedule for 2022 will be announced in January.


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.

UKERC Cold chains

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.