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. The 7th Spring Forum explored 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.

Within a full day of intellectual engagement, thought-provoking analysis, premium debate and networking, we set out to shed some light on one of the central issues of our age – the role of the energy sector in advancing a just, prosperous society.

Our programme welcomed many of the sector’s leading voices, including the French Minister Delegate for Industry – Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Andreas Nauen, Kate Ringrose, Nora Mead Brownell, Rui Teixeira, Alistair Phillips-Davies, Markus Krebber, and Natalie Adomait.

Special thanks to our Spring Forum 2021 partners!

The partnership with Barclays, Greencoat Capital, MUFG, Osborne Clarke and RWE builds on many years of fruitful cooperation, and we would like to thank them for supporting the Aurora Spring Forum 2021.

And of course, thanks to all those who joined us on Wednesday 29 September and we we look forward to welcoming you all next year!

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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

Andreas Nauen

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Kate Ringrose

Chief Financial Officer, Centrica

Rui Manuel Rodrigues Lopes Teixeira

Chief Financial Officer EDP, Former CEO EDPR

Nora Mead Brownell

Former Commissioner Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Markus Krebber

Chief Executive Officer, RWE

Natalie Adomait

Managing Director Investments Renewable Power, Brookfield

Alberto De Paoli

Chief Financial Officer, Enel

Alistair Phillips-Davies

Chief Executive Officer, SSE

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO, Octopus Energy

Lindsay McQuade

Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables

Will Gardiner

Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group

Fintan Slye

Executive Director, Electricity System Operator

Mallika Ishwaran

Chief Economist, Shell

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

Emma Pinchbeck

Chief Executive, Energy UK

Julia Pyke

Director of Financing & Economic Regulation, Sizewell C

Christoph Torwegge

International Energy & Utilities Sector Leader, Osborne Clarke

Deepa Venkateswaran

Head of Equity Research, Bernstein

Andrew Doyle

Director, Power and Renewables, MUFG

Neil Kenward

Director for Strategy and Decarbonisation, Ofgem

Duncan Clark

Head of Region UK, Ørsted

Cathy McClay

Trading and Optimisation Director, Sembcorp Energy UK

Richard Nourse

Partner, Greencoat Capital

Emily Gosden

Energy Editor, The Times

Tony Cocker

Chair, Infinis Energy Management

Andy Koss

CEO, UK and Middle East, Sembcorp

Mike Thompson

Chief Economist, Committee on Climate Change

Juliet Davenport

Founder, Good Energy Group

Alex Grant

Senior Vice President, Equinor

Paro Konar

Director of Industrial Energy, BEIS

Javier Cavada

CEO and President Highview Power

Laura Sandys

Chair of the UK Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce

Jim Smith

Managing Director, SSE Renewables

Christopher Hunt

Private Investor, Former Partner Riverstone

Declan Burke

Director Nuclear Projects & Development, BEIS

Rachel Fletcher

Director Regulation and Economics, Octopus Energy

Damitha Adikaari

Director Science & Innovation for Climate & Energy, BEIS

Bobby Chada

Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

Richard Dibley

Head of Asset Governance UK, Falck Renewables

Nina Skorupska

Chief Executive, REA

Chris Elder

Managing Director, InterGen

Mike Hawkins

Deputy Director Clean Heat Analysis, BEIS

Joanna Campbell

Assistant Director, National Infrastructure Commission

Matthew Hart

Head of UK Strategy, E.ON


Previous Years

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