The Energy Trilemma

A Warwick Engineering Society Event


  • 8th February 2017

    Oculus Building

    2pm - 9pm

  • Managing the world’s growing demand for energy whilst balancing costs, reliability and sustainability is creating a huge challenge for governments, energy providers and industry.

    Join us on Febuary 8th where industry leaders and experts will be sharing how they believe we can best balance the challenges posed by energy affordability, energy reliability and energy sustainability – otherwise known as the Energy Trilemma.

    We’ll be joined by organisations including the World Energy Council, JLR, Arup, Centrica and National Grid for an afternoon of speaker sessions, panel discussions and breakout sessions.

What's Included

Our Speakers

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    Joan MacNaughton
    Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma

    Joan MacNaughton is an influential figure in the energy and climate policy debate, having been Director General of Energy in the UK, overseeing the energy agenda during the UK Presidency of the EU and leading work on the energy proposals agreed at the G8 Gleneagles Summit.

    She chairs the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council, an annual assessment of 129 countries’ energy policies. From 2004 to 2006, MacNaughton chaired the International Energy Agency. Between 2007 and 2012, she led Alstom’s policy department, and acted as Global Adviser on Sustainable Policies. In 2012 she was Vice Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism. MacNaughton is Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Energy Institute, Chair of the Energy Academy Europe International Advisory Board, an IETA Fellow and former member of the IETA Board, Trustee of the Climate Group, Director of the James Hutton Institute, and a member of the Council of Warwick University.

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    David Joffe
    Team Leader, Committee on Climate Change"

    David has been with the Committee on Climate Change since 2007.

    He has been lead author on several recent CCC reports, including the CCC’s advice on the 5th carbon budget, subsequently accepted by the UK Government, and reports on shale gas for the UK and Scottish Governments.His work focuses on how best to meet emissions targets, especially in the longer term. This includes how scarce bioenergy can best contribute to economy-wide decarbonisation, roles for hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in a low-carbon energy system, and how shale gas production can be consistent with decarbonisation pathways. He has a PhD in Energy Policy and Technology from Imperial College.

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    Luisa Cabeza
    Professor of Thermal Engineering at the Univesity of Lleida (Spain)

    Luisa leads the research group GREA, an internationally recognised research group in thermal energy storage, at the university.

    Her research interests are thermal energy storage, energy efficiency and renewable energies, and buildings and industrial applications. Professor Cabeza is very active in working groups of the International Energy Agency, is the Thermal Storage Focus Leader of the Renewable Heating and Cooling European Platform and has participated in the Special Report on Renewable Energy of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

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    Ian Ellison
    Sustainability, Product Development, Jaguar Land Rover

    Ian leads a team of engineers that manage the sustainability of JLR products.

    Ian’s previous roles include Corporate Responsibility Director, Strategic Change Director and Head of Information Systems and Strategy, in international businesses spanning electronics, software, consulting, aerospace and defence sectors. Holding an Engineering degree and a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Cambridge University, where he is also a CISL tutor and Senior Associate, Ian’s professional qualifications include Chartered Engineer, Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered IT Professional.

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    Sarah Lester
    Senior Energy Adviser, Practical Action

    Sarah has over 10 years’ experience as an energy professional, focusing on: renewable energy technologies, energy access, development and humanitarian policy, economic development and markets - including climate change, disaster risk response, resilience, preparedness, and social protection for marginalised communities.

    Sarah has lived and worked in Kenya and India, and undertaken mini-grid and solar energy assessments in Kenya, Tanzania and Bangladesh. She has worked across a range of renewable energy and regulatory technical issues. Sarah is the Practical Action lead on humanitarian energy policy and is developing a portfolio of research and programme work in this area.

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    Filippo Gaddo
    Head of Energy Economics, Arup

    Filippo is Head of Energy Economics and Regulation advising on energy policy, regulation and strategy and the economics of investment in energy infrastructure and businesses.

    He has fourteen years’ professional experience working for government departments and major consulting firms; and combines deep industry and economics knowledge with the experience of leading teams in the assessment, development and delivery of high-profile energy policies and energy market strategies both in the public and in the private sector.

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    Jeff Douglas
    Strategy Manager SSH, Energy Systems Catapult

    Jeff Douglas is a Strategy Manager – SSH (Smart Systems and Heat) at the Energy Systems Catapult.

    He has over 30 years of experience in power network development and regulation, and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. His specialties are in: strategic development of heat systems; electricity distribution network strategy, management and operation; electricity network regulation; and future networks and smartgrids.

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    David Elmes
    Professor, University of Warwick

    David joined WBS in 2008 as Academic Director for the Warwick Global Energy MBA after more than 20 years working in the energy & management consulting industries.

    David is interested in how the structure of the global energy industry is changing, how new business models are finding success and how management practices are changing. This continues his work before WBS on how companies achieve changes that transform their performance, including changes in organisation, culture and capabilities that enable and sustain new ways of working in ever-changing circumstances.

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    Adrian Griffiths
    Managing Director, Recycling Technologies

    Adrian has extensive commercial and technical experience in many manufacturing sectors.

    He is an engineering graduate from Imperial and has many years experience advising engineering enterprises to achieve greater business success. Recycling Technologies helps turn waste plastic, that is accumulating on land and in our oceans, into a valuable resource for today's and future generations.

  • Matt Hastings

    Matt Hastings
    Programme Director, Centrica

    Matt is a national award winning energy and sustainability professional with over 12 years experience in the energy sector.

    He is a founder member of Centrica's Distributed Energy and Power division and currently Programme Director of the Cornwall Local Energy Market. He joined Centrica in April 2014 with the sole objective of convincing the business to pursue a vision for Local Energy Markets, an objective he achieved in 2016 after securing £19m funding to trial the world's first Local Energy Market in Cornwall. He has held a number of senior posts in Centrica including Innovation Development Manager, Head of Local Energy Systems, Senior Commercial Manager and Head of Glow Cornwall, (an ECO partnership with Cornwall Council and British Gas). Prior to this he led on energy development and strategy for the Eden Project and championed the importance of systemic thinking in community energy, local supply and the development of Local Energy Markets.

  • Diane Green

    Diane Green
    Business performance manager, National Grid

    Diane works within National Grid’s Interconnector business - responsible for the operation of National Grid’s two existing electricity Interconnectors (to France and the Netherlands), and developing four new links to Belgium, France, Norway and Denmark - all of which are scheduled to commission by 2022.

    Previously she worked with the European Network of Transmission Operators (ENTSO-E) and the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI) to promote market and regulatory evolution for greater North Sea regional investment and cooperation. She has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry.

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    Sam Simson
    Director of Wychwood Low Carbon Ltd. and New Energy Era Ltd.

    Founder and Director of Wychwood Low Carbon, which aims to lower the carbon footprint of the Wychwoods and the surrounding area of West Oxfordshire.

    Using tried and tested technology, we deploy low carbon products and services in a logical way. It is hoped this will provide employment, maximise resources, save money, lower the carbon footprint and improve the local environment. In addition, he planned, conceived and built UK’s largest off grid solar farm, demonstrating solar freezing in the process. The farm was expanded during the expansion window to become the full scale 736kW Wychwood Solar Farm and was fully connected to the grid in October 2011.



Time Event
13.30 Doors Open
14.00 - 14:15 Welcome Talk
14.15 - 15.00 Joan MacNaughton
15.00 - 15.30 David Joffe
15.30 - 16.30 Large Company Panel Discussion
led by David Elmes, featuring Centrica, Arup and JLR
16.30 - 17.00 Tea Break
17.00 - 18.00 Small Company Panel Discussion
led by Luisa Cabeza, featuring Wynchwood Low Carbon, EEIP, Catapult, National Grid
18.00 - 18.45 International Aspect Talk
Practical Action - Sarah Lester (Group 1)
Dinner Buffet (Group 2)
18.45 - 19.30 International Aspect Talk
Luisa Cabeza (Group 2)
Dinner Buffet (Group 1)
19.30 - 20.15 Matt Hastings
20:15 - 21.00 Drinks Reception

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Global Research Priorities
Warwick Manufacturing Group
University of Warwick School of Engineering
Recycling Technologies


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