Countdown to COP

Our new campaign plots the course to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November and looks at the key topics for utilities.

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Ovo Energy wants to be in the vanguard of delivering new technologies and services to enable net zero. However, the company’s chief financial officer Bill Castell insists that first the energy retail market must be stabilised, to give both investors and consumers confidence. As part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP campaign, he speaks to James Wallin.
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Steve Holliday, National Grid’s former chief executive and now chair of Cityfibre, urges more joined-up thinking between telecommunications and energy companies to meet net-zero targets. He also gives his view on the future for National Grid and the lack of policy to incentivise storage. Denise Chevin reports
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Most agree that heat networks will have a significant role in the decarbonisation of heating, but despite recent growth they remain a niche technology in the UK. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week looks at how heat zoning could help to change that.
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What enabling actions are needed to ensure we make best use of data and digitalisation on the road to net zero? A new report from Utility Week and CGI highlights five key requirements.
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Is there a firm future for co-located hybrid technologies on generation sites – or is it a passing fashion? Denise Chevin moderated a Utility Week roundtable discussion in association with Addleshaw Goddard to find out.
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The chief executive of the Environment Agency faced questions from MPs as part of the Environmental Audit Committee's enquiry into river health in England. James Bevan blamed having his budget slashed by two thirds since 2010 for failings to properly monitor and inspect to protect waterways.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of strategy & customer service at UK Power Networks. He discusses the need to present decarbonisation as an economic opportunity rather than a cost burden, why the sector should be promoting “open energy” and three principles to boost consumer participation in the net-zero agenda.
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The EA and Defra have launched a fund to attract green finance by kickstarting schemes that improve the natural environment and have the potential to attract private sector investment.
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Key to the UK's success in reaching its decarbonisation targets will be fostering innovation, developing the skills needed to deliver on these ambitions, and collaboration across the energy sector, writes Emma Ford, head of gas construction at National Grid.
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The co-founder and chief executive of energy retailer Bulb talks about the need for utilities to show the kind of co-operation seen in other industries in order to accelerate progress on decarbonisation. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, he also addresses the challenge of ensuring a just transition.
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Energy retailers will be the lead players in bringing customers along on the net zero journey, so it is vital that they are freed up to find innovative ways to enable that transition. Energy UK’s chief executive shares her views as part of Utility Week’s Countdown to COP.
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Our new campaign – to run over the next nine months – will seek to present a pan-utilities road map to net zero. We will explore the sector’s achievements to date and ask what needs to be done to unleash its full potential to drive forward the decarbonisation agenda. James Wallin sets out what the series will cover and how Utility Week members can get involved.
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Drax chief executive Will Gardiner shares his thoughts on the countdown to COP, calling it a unique opportunity to showcase the UK’s decarbonisation expertise. However, he warns that to present a coherent argument on how we will tackle emissions, the government needs to be clear on frameworks for supporting the rapid scale-up of a diverse range of technologies.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, we speak to Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson. He discusses the need to capitalise on government's green ambitions, particularly through price controls; the value of co-operation in regional net-zero infrastructure projects and how to convince customers to think twice before they put the kettle on.
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