Spring Forum

Wednesday 29 September, 2021
Central London

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In partnership with:

Building back:
strategising the energy sector’s role in the global economic recovery

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

The world economy has been fundamentally transformed by COVID. While employment and consumption patterns have changed and accommodative fiscal and monetary policies are shaping long term investment decisions, the energy sector is putting enormous volumes of capital to work right now. The decisions we make in the short term, during the recovery, will shape the future of energy for decades to come, including the world’s prospects of reaching Net Zero emissions in the long-run.

The Aurora Spring Forum is the leading annual gathering of the European energy industry. With a focus on decarbonisation of the global energy systems, join other energy leaders at the 7th Spring Forum, for a full day of intellectual engagement, thought-provoking analysis, premium debate and networking.

Taking place a month before the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26, the Aurora Spring Forum will provide a unique opportunity to lay out different visions and ambitions for decarbonisation.

We will explore the energy sector’s role in the global economic recovery, and the opportunities and challenges arising from it, with particular focus on rebooting the economy, and reducing emissions.

To best honour our fantastic programme and give you the full Aurora experience, the event will now take place in-person in Central London, on Wednesday 29 September.

What’s on the agenda?

Join this year’s Spring Forum to hear a wide range of topics, from moving towards a green recovery in Europe, and governments’ visions and plans for achieving Net Zero, to utilies’ plans for a green recovery and transforming the energy sector to ensure a just transition.

Our programme welcomes many of the sector’s leading voices, including UK Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng, E.ON’s CEO Leonhard Birnbaum, RWE’s CEO Markus Krebber, Shell’s Chief Economist Mallika Ishwaran, Ofgem’s CEO Jonathan Brearley, and Juliet Davenport, Founder of the Good Energy Group.

Take a look at our full speaker list.

Registration is now open with limited availability. Register your interest to attend the event and we will get in touch with more details.

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Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Agnès Pannier-Runacher

French Minister Delegate for Industry

Dr.-Ing. Leonhard Birnbaum

Chief Executive Officer, E.ON

Kate Ringrose

Chief Financial Officer, Centrica

Dr. Markus Krebber

Chief Executive Officer, RWE AG

Nora Mead Brownell

Former Commissioner Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Rui Manuel Rodrigues Lopes Teixeira

Chief Financial Officer EDP, Former CEO EDPR

Andreas Nauen

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Gamesa

Alberto De Paoli

Chief Financial Officer, Enel

Natalie Adomait

Managing Director Investments Renewable Power, Brookfield

Alistair Phillips-Davies

Chief Executive Officer, SSE

Mallika Ishwaran

Chief Economist, Shell

Jonathan Brearley

Chief Executive Officer, Ofgem

Keith Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower

Emma Pinchbeck

Chief Executive, Energy UK

Simone Rossi

Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy

Laurie Fitch

Strategic Advisory Group Partner, PJT Partners

Tom Glover

UK Country Chair, RWE

Michael Lewis

Chief Executive Officer, E.ON UK plc

Juliet Davenport

Founder, Good Energy Group

Rachel Cary

Head of Future Electricity Security, BEIS

Christoph Torwegge

International Energy & Utilities Sector Leader, Osborne Clarke

Ana Quelhas

Managing Director for Hydrogen, EDP

Andrew Doyle

Director,Power and Renewables, MUFG

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO, Octopus Energy

Will Gardiner

Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group

Emily Gosden

Energy Editor, The Times

Richard Nourse

Partner, Greencoat Capital

Duncan Clark

Head of Region UK, Ørsted

Tony Cocker

Chair, Infinis Energy Management

Andy Koss

CEO, UK and Middle East, Sembcorp

Jonathan Maxwell

Co-founder and CEO, SDCL

Alex Grant

Senior Vice President, Equinor

Paro Konar

Director of Industrial Energy, BEIS

Fintan Slye

Director, Electricity System Operator

Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE FEI

Chief Executive, REA

Dr. Javier Cavada

CEO and President Highview Power

Jim Smith

Managing Director, SSE Renewables

Christopher Hunt

Private Investor, Former Partner Riverstone

Mike Hawkins

Deputy Director Clean Heat Analysis, BEIS

Bobby Chada

Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

Mark Foley

Chief Executive Officer, EirGrid Plc

Toni Volpe

Chief Executive Officer, Falck Renewables


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Previous Years

To download materials and view the agenda and speakers from previous Spring Forum events, please browse our event archive.