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

28 Jan 2021

9:30am - 1:00pm


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.


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Edward Lockhart

Broadway Initiative

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Adam Scorer

National Energy Action

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Maggie Bosanquet

Durham Energy Institute

Siobhan Barton

Head of Stakeholder Relations Northern Powergrid

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Andrew Clark

North East LEP

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Professor Peter Taylor

University of Leeds

Patrick Erwin

Policy and Markets Director Northern Powergrid

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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

Phil Jones

President and Chief Executive Officer Northern Powergrid

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Ed Birkett

Policy Exchange

Greg Farrell

Head of System Engineering Northern Powergrid

Jim Cardwell

Head of Policy Development Northern Powergrid


9:30am - 9:35amConference openingSiobhan Barton
9:35am - 10:30amWelcome from Phil Jones, keynote speech with Lord Deben plus Q&APhil Jones
10:30am - 11:20amBusiness updatesJim Cardwell
11:20am - 11:30amBreak
11:30am - 11:45amLeaving no-one behind...let talk about talk about decarbonisation, inclusivity and wider societal themes Siobhan Barton
11:45am - 12:45pmHow do we build back better for a decarbonised future?Patrick Erwin
12:45pm - 1:00pmConference summary and closeSiobhan Barton