A Net Zero Energy Future for the North - Building our Plans for 2023-2028

28 Jan 2021

09:30am - 01:00pm



We believe the North has a critical role to play in the future of energy; as we transition to a low carbon, decentralised and much more active network, and as we support a green recovery across our region. Our latest business planning process is a key milestone in delivering the change we need.

Thousands of individuals, businesses and communities across our region have already shared their views on how we can help them deliver net zero, and we are hosting a special conference that will reflect on what we've learned so far, and how we are translating these views into solid proposals that meet the needs of all our customers and the wider region.

In particular, we will be discussing:

  • What we have heard so far, on decarbonisation, climate change adaptation and our role in supporting a green recovery for the North.
  • How we are translating the views of customers and stakeholders into a robust business plan.
  • How we are building partnerships that support economic growth and better respond to the challenges of climate change and levelling up our region.

This conference is for anyone with a keen interest in the future of energy, who wants to be part of our journey in the North.



Phil Jones

President and Chief Executive Officer Northern Powergrid


Andrew Clark

North East LEP


Professor Peter Taylor

University of Leeds


Patrick Erwin

Policy and Markets Director Northern Powergrid


Lord Deben

Chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee


Geoff Earl

Director of Safety, Health & Environment Northern Powergrid


Gareth Pearson

Head of Health, Training and Safety Northern Powergrid


Ed Birkett

Policy Exchange


Greg Farrell

Head of System Engineering Northern Powergrid


Jim Cardwell

Head of Policy Development Northern Powergrid


Edward Lockhart

Broadway Initiative


Adam Scorer

National Energy Action


Maggie Bosanquet

Durham Energy Institute


Siobhan Barton

Head of Stakeholder Relations Northern Powergrid


09:30am - 09:35am Conference opening Siobhan Barton
09:35am - 10:30am Welcome from Phil Jones, keynote speech with Lord Deben plus Q&A Phil Jones
10:30am - 11:20am Business updates Jim Cardwell
11:20am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 11:45am Leaving no-one behind...let talk about talk about decarbonisation, inclusivity and wider societal themes Siobhan Barton
11:45am - 12:45pm How do we build back better for a decarbonised future? Patrick Erwin
12:45pm - 01:00pm Conference summary and close Siobhan Barton