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Navigating Rising Geopolitical Instability: Enabling the Next Wave of Decarbonisation

Key topics will include:

  • Global Net Zero by 2050 – feasibility and financial implications
  • The role of the utilities in achieving Net Zero and the policies needed in this parliament
  • The role of hydrogen in Net Zero as one of the most promising decarbonisation options
  • Financial implications of Coronavirus on energy companies
  • Net Zero technologies: the role of nuclear and Government support for the next wave of emerging technologies
  • Renewables investment – strategies in an increasingly competitive sector
  • The role of the company board during the transition
  • The European Green Deal and what it means for the power sector

Deep into the second year of Europe’s largest war since World War II, global geopolitical tensions continue to rise.

Tension has spread well beyond Eastern Europe, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which risks spilling further into the Middle East. China’s military build-up and aggressive rhetoric threatens Taiwan, the South China sea, and the region more widely.

Globally, divisions broaden as nations align themselves within various conflicts. Russia’s allies provide steadfast support in their war through the means of arms, munitions, and sanction evasion support. BRICS countries emphasise the need to “de-dollarise” the global economy and call for the evolution—and often revolution—of the Bretton Woods institutions and more extensive systems of international governance and dispute resolution.

Energy prices remind us yet again that geopolitical instability, particularly with Russian and Middle Eastern involvement, disproportionately impacts the energy sector.

Political, and private sector, responses are predictable.

The US and, to a lesser extent, European Governments are taking major steps to bring key energy supply chains home, reshoring production.

Renewables—the lowest-cost substitute for these globally traded fossil fuels in many applications—are being deployed at unprecedented pace on both sides of the Atlantic and globally, despite CAPEX and grid access challenges.

In OECD countries, much of the low-hanging fruit in renewables buildout is rapidly being harvested. We’re building cheap renewables in desirable locations and utilising existing grid infrastructure.

The hard work of deep decarbonisation of the power sector remains to be done. This will include massive grid expansion, market reform to encourage efficient investment and operational decisions, and supportive policy that can encourage the next wave of fledging technologies.

There remains a vast amount of renewable potential to be unlocked in rapidly developing countries like India and Brazil.

Facing this uncertainty, the Aurora Spring Forum 2024 aims to deliver a comprehensive stocktake of the current situation and provide a detailed evaluation of future implications.

Returning for its 10th edition in Oxford on Tuesday 26March 2024, the Aurora Spring Forum continues to be the most senior and exclusive gathering within the energy industry in Europe, bringing together the biggest utilities, policy makers, investors, and other players in the energy space.

Attend the event to gain crucial insights from speakers including Luc Rémont, Chairman & CEO, EDF; Ana Paula Marques, CEO, EDP Spain; As Tempelman, CEO, Eneco; Greg Jackson, Founder & CEO, Octopus Energy; Hunter Hunt, Chairman & CEO, Hunt Energy; and many more.

Join us for an insightful day of premium debates and discussions as well as experience unparalleled networking opportunities during the day, including a networking lunch, a drinks reception, a networking dinner in the evening, and an after-dinner drinks reception.

Register your interest for 2024!

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2023 Speakers

Ignacio Galán

Executive Chairman, Iberdrola

Sinead Gorman

Chief Financial Officer, Shell

Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade

Chief Executive Officer, EDP

Michele Crisostomo

Chair, Enel

Amber Rudd

Former UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Markus Krebber

Chief Executive Officer, RWE AG

Hunter Hunt

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hunt Energy

Caroline Lytton

Managing Director, Head of Power & Renewables Global Structured Finance EMEA, SMBC

Lord Browne of Madingley

Chairman, BeyondNetZero, Former CEO, bp

Laurie Fitch

Strategic Advisory Group Partner, PJT Partners

Rosheen McGuckian

Chief Executive Officer, NTR

Fintan Slye

Executive Director, Electricity System Operator, National Grid

Pat Wood III

Chief Executive Officer, Hunt Energy Network

Bernhard Günther

Chief Financial Officer, Fortum

Greg Jackson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Energy

Jonathan Brearley

Chief Executive Officer, Ofgem

Tom Glover

UK Country Chair, RWE

Emma Pinchbeck

Chief Executive, Energy UK

Robert Llewellyn

Presenter, The Fully Charged Show

Simone Rossi

Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy

Rasmus Errboe

EVP & CEO Region Europe, Ørsted

Keith Anderson

Chief Executive, ScottishPower

Kevin McCullough

Independent Non Executive Director/Senior Advisor within the Energy Sector

Hildagarde McCarville

Chief Executive Officer, Anesco

Alexander Voigt

Co-founder & Board Member, HH2E AG

Paul Stormoen

Chief Executive Officer, OX2

Hannah Roscoe

Partner, Osborne Clarke

David Swindin

Chief Executive Officer, Cubico Sustainable Investments

Annant Shah

Director of Strategy & Route to Market, SSE

Miriam Bueno

Deputy Director General for Energy Foresight, Strategy and Regulation, Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

Sopna Sury

COO Hydrogen, RWE Generation SE

Bobby Chada

Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

Ken Ryan

Co-founder and Partner, Sandbrook Capital

Ed Craddock

Director, Energy, MUFG

Stefan Kapferer

Chief Executive Officer, 50Hertz

Guy Newey

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Systems Catapult

Julia Perrier

Director, Investments, CIP

Tyler Kopp

Principal, ECP

Cameron Hepburn

Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Oxford

Vera Pinto Pereira

Executive Board Member, EDP

Luba Kotzeva

Managing Director, European Energy & Renewables, Lazard

Henrik Tordrup

Managing Partner, Glentra Capital

Lena Kitzing

Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Katie Black

Joint Head, The UK Office for Zero Emission Vehicles

Pierre Jeremie

Deputy Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Energy Transition

Irene Di Martino

Chief Executive Officer, Amp X

The Rt Hon. Lord Deben

Chair, Climate Change Committee

Moritz Borgmann

Chief Commercial Officer, Meyer Burger

Richard Nourse

Partner, Schroders Geencoat

Previous Years

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