WIG/UKRN: The UK’s 6th Carbon Budget, a roadmap to net-zero?

In December 2020, the Climate Change Committee published the UK's 6th Carbon Budget, advising ministers that to achieve net-zero by 2050, the UK will have to accomplish a 78% reduction in emissions between 1990 and 2035. Bringing forward the UK’s previous 80% target by nearly 15 years, this means that policy and regulatory frameworks will need to be put in place now to formulate a roadmap to net-zero.

As industry, government, academia and the NfP sector continue to collaborate on decarbonising the economy, WIG is delighted to partner with the UK Regulators Network to discuss the challenges and opportunities of establishing a robust pathway to net-zero.

  • Isabel Taylor

    Partner

    Slaughter and May

    Isabel Taylor is a Partner with Slaughter and May based in the firm’s London office. Isabel has a competition and regulatory practice and advises across a range of industries, including regulated industries, on merger control, general competition law, sectoral regulatory requirements, and public procurement. She has a particular expertise in State aid law. Highlights of her work include cases with Bupa, American Express, Northern Powergrid, Chi-X, and Ocado Group. In relation to State aid, her work has included advising HM Treasury, Portuguese Ministry of Finance, Bank for International Settlements, and UK Asset Resolution. Isabel is listed as a leading individual for competition law in the Legal 500, 2017 and in Chambers UK 2018. Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 identifies her as a thought leader in state aid.id law.

  • Dr David Joffe

    Head of Carbon Budgets

    Committee on Climate Change

    David is the Head of Carbon Budgets at the Climate Change Committee, where he’s worked since 2007. He oversees the Committee’s advice on the levels of UK carbon budgets, as well as the pathways to meet these  and the Net Zero target. He oversaw the scenarios analysis and recommendations for the CCC’s recent advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget that sets out five pathways to Net Zero for the UK. David oversees the CCC’s energy system analysis and led the CCC’s Hydrogen Review in 2018. He has a PhD on hydrogen infrastructure from Imperial College London.

  • Dhara Vyas

    Head of Future Energy Services

    Citizens Advice

    Dhara leads a team that’s focused on putting people at the heart of the transition to net zero.  She is responsible for ensuring the consumer voice is heard when it comes to designing and planning the future energy market.  Dhara advocates for consumers across a range of issues including decarbonising heat, improving the efficiency of homes, electric vehicles, local area energy, smart homes and energy data. Dhara has worked on energy issues for over a decade, and has a broad range of strategic policy, research and advocacy experience.  Prior to this she led a number of different projects that impact on people's lives outside the energy market - including community engagement, local authority scrutiny, localism and devolved budgeting.

  • Jane Dennett-Thorpe

    Deputy Director, Decarbonisation and Energy Transition

    Ofgem

    Jane is Deputy Director for the Net Zero Transition at Ofgem, the GB energy regulator. She led on Ofgem’s 2019 Decarbonisation Action Plan, which setting out for the first time the regulator’s upcoming actions on decarbonisation, and is now helping to embed strategic focus on key issues for the Net Zero Transition across the organisation. She worked in the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change until 2016 including as Head of Evidence, Deputy Head of Science and leading on industrial energy efficiency policies. She studied and worked as an astrophysicist, after her interest in science was sparked by an energy-industry sponsored girls-into-science event series as a young person.

 

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