Webinar: WIG/UKRN: Balancing infrastructure renewal with net-zero targets

WIG is delighted to partner with the UK Regulators Network to deliver this online event, originally scheduled for March 2020. 

In this event we want to explore the balance between investment for growth, capacity and resilience of the UK’s infrastructure networks with the targets for emissions reduction. The focus will be on the innovation in technology and funding models for investment this may require, and the role of regulation and innovation in this. The event will seek to address:

• How well do industry, government and regulators understand the current carbon emissions of different sectors and the potential risks associated with climate change, including physical, liability and transition risks. What more can we do to share this understanding across sectors?

• What is the role of innovation and what more can be done to drive and support innovative solutions and funding models?  Are these approaches transferable across sectors? What role should regulators, government, industry and investors play?

• How effective are current regulatory tools in delivering the investment required to deliver on the UK’s net zero commitments? What regulatory innovation or other changes may be needed and how should we balance securing investment with a focus on keeping prices low for consumers?

Speakers include:

  • Niva Thiruchelvam

    Deputy Director, Net Zero, HM Treasury

    Niva Thiruchelvam is the Deputy Director, Net Zero in HM Treasury. She was previously the Deputy Director for Education and Skills in HM Treasury. Niva has held a number of posts across Whitehall, in which she has advised Cabinet Ministers on a range of international and domestic priorities. She has worked extensively in the centre of Government where she has advised the Prime Minister on home affairs; the Chancellor on education and skills; and supported the Cabinet Secretary in preparing for Cabinet every week, as well as negotiating policy across Government.

  • Dr Charles Donovan

    Director of Centre for Climate Finance and Investment

    Imperial College

    Charlie Donovan is Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School and Academic Director of the MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance.  He is Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Finance.  In his corporate career, he was most recently Head of Structuring and Valuation for Alternative Energy at BP plc, where he managed a team responsible for investment analysis for large renewable energy projects in North America, Europe and Asia.  He was part of the strategy team that launched the alternative energy division in 2005, with a commitment from BP to spend $8 billion over 10 years, and participated in a number of strategic acquisitions.  Charlie began his career as an Energy Policy Analyst with the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked in principal investments at the Enron Corporation.  His experience also includes several years in strategy consulting.  Charlie holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, graduated from the MBA program at Vanderbilt University, and completed a Doctorate in Management at IE Business School. He is the editor and co-author of Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future, now in its 2nd edition.

  • Jane Dennett-Thorpe

    Head of Decarbonisation and Research


    Jane Dennett-Thorpe has served as Ofgem's Head of Decarbonisation and Research since April 2019. Prior to this she held a number of roles in academia and government, in which her most recent role was Deputy Head of Science at Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) from 2014 to 2016. She has over 15 years’ experience in policy and strategy roles, primarily on the low carbon agenda, for both DECC and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She also advised the UN Development Programme on energy matters. She has worked in international environment and development organizations in the Netherlands, and has been involved in and set up a number of initiatives to empower individuals and communities through innovations including internet radio and community renewables.

  • Suleman Alli

    Director of Strategy and Customer Services

    UK Power Networks

    Suleman joins UK Power Networks from Accenture where he was a Managing Director, leading the utility network operations practice in the UK. Suleman has 15 years utilities experience, delivering business transformation, company restructures and operational performance improvement across gas, electricity and water sectors. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science


Please apply now to secure your spot on this live webinar. Sign up as usual using your WIG account, an invitation to register on the webinar platform confirming your place will be sent out a week ahead of the session. WIG members are guaranteed a place by applying to attend. 

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