Friday 6 November
09.00 – 10.00
Alok Sharma, secretary of state at BEIS, has committed to rebuild a “cleaner, greener and more resilient” economy as the UK tackles the economic impact of the pandemic. An Energy White Paper is due this autumn as are strategies on Heat and Buildings and new announcements on bringing forward the ban on fossil fuelled vehicles as early as 2030.
In this interview Merlin Hyman, CEO of Regen, will explore with Declan the seismic shifts taking place in energy generation, storage and use and the government’s role in putting the energy sector on a net zero path. What are the key questions the Energy White Paper should be answering and how have these been changed by the pandemic?
Part of the Green Recovery Series
Declan Burke is the Director responsible for Clean Power Strategy and Deployment at BEIS, where he has held senior positions for a number of years. Declan has considerable experience in the electricity industry, with his work including energy strategy and clean electricity deployment (e.g. renewables and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS)), Electricity Market Reform and civil nuclear projects. Declan has also worked for UK Government Investments, who are responsible for managing HMG’s interest in publicly owned companies. Prior to joining the civil service, Declan was a Vice President in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank.