Published 6 June 2022

The energy crisis, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, has affected 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 teamed up to consider how the UK can best respond to the energy crisis.

This event explored 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 ran in two sessions that addressed these timeframes individually.

This was 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.

Session 1 – Looking to this Winter

Speakers: Prof Jan Webb MBE, University of Edinburgh and UKERC Co-Director; Dr Joanne Wade OBE, The Association for Decentralised Energy; Prof Rob Gross, Imperial College London and UKERC Director; Dr Simon Bennett, International Energy Agency; Prof Keith Bell, University of Strathclyde and UKERC Co-Director; Andy Manning, Citizen’s Advice.

Session 2 – Beyond this Winter

Speakers: Keith Bell, Climate Change Committee (CCC); Prof Mike Bradshaw, Warwick Business School and UKERC Co-Director; Dr Jen Baxter, Protium and member of NEPC Net Zero Working Group; Simon Virley, KPMG; Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK; Rachel Cary, BEIS.