SNS2020 sparks excitement as Keynote Speakers for Smart Generation: The Transition to 2050 announced


On 22nd and 23rd April, experts from across the energy industry will present their vision for the energy transition to EEEGR’s SNS2020 conference and exhibition.
As a voice for energy in the East of England, EEEGR has placed decarbonisation at the heart of the agenda for SNS2020. Despite leading the way with energy transition, the sector isn’t resting on its laurels. The key message for this year’s event: companies must enact strategies now to prepare for a zero-carbon infrastructure by 2050.

This year’s line-up of speakers represents expertise throughout the industry. David Wright, Chief Electricity Engineer at National Grid, will open the dialogue by outlining how National Grid is pro-actively responding to the government’s Net Zero emissions target. Equipped with years of expertise running the electricity transmission network for England and Wales, David is in prime position to demonstrate how the energy transition goal will come to fruition.

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, will explore the role of nuclear power in decarbonisation. As an established low-carbon technology, nuclear has earned its place in a Net Zero world. Completing the line-up will be members of OPITO focusing on the skills landscape and how it can support energy transition and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), with key talking points on decarbonisation in the Oil and Gas industry and the opportunities for collaboration with offshore wind.

Bill Cattanach OBE, of the Oil and Gas Authority said: "The East of England is historically an energy-diverse region with established oil and gas, renewables and nuclear industries.

“As the drive to net zero makes the importance of energy integration and carbon capture and storage ever more pressing, the OGA looks forward to supporting the East of England as it plays a crucial role in achieving these goals."

Simon Gray, CEO of EEEGR, anticipates the passionate debate that will be triggered by the range of opinions on offer at SNS2020. “We are excited to have secured speakers from such a varied cross-section of the energy sector. As we approach the Government’s Net Zero target date all eyes will be on decarbonisation in the industry.”

“Opportunities like SNS2020 are vital for facilitating debate and challenging the Status Quo. Conversations that happen today will shape the future of how energy is produced in the East of England and around the world tomorrow.”

"SNS2020 sets the stage for an open forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities that decarbonisation offers. Panel sessions will encourage debate on how the energy sector can mitigate risk, maximise opportunity and innovate through collaboration, thanks to the experts being brought together under one roof.”

Keynote speakers will be joined by spokespeople from sector-leading organisations such as the OGA, Equinor, ORE Catapult, RenEnergy, Vattenfall and the ECITB.

This is not just a one-way presentation; attendees will have the opportunity to forge new connections and stay at the front of the carbon-free curve; we expect some lively debate in Q&A and networking sessions! Breakout sessions for EEEGR’s Special Interest Groups are scheduled for what promises to be a significant milestone for energy in the East of England.

The UK leads by example as a producer of renewable energy. The East of England alone hosts more than 50% of the country’s offshore wind supply. Delegates from around the world will be attending to learn from producers and a supply chain that has been quietly decarbonising for decades.

SNS2020 is predicted to break previous attendance records, and for the first time this year they welcome micro-businesses to join the discussion. New technologies, innovations for reducing emissions as well as strategies for decarbonisation that work at any scale give businesses of all sizes a chance to share best practices and shortcuts to success.

This year EEEGR are delighted to welcome the sponsorship of ScottishPower Renewables, UEA, Vattenfall, James Fisher Marine Services and EDF for SNS2020. This diverse selection reflects the theme’s relevance throughout the energy industry.

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