LCRI Conference 2013: Low Carbon Market Transitions in Llandudno
Post date: December 19, 2013
The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) was joined by over 160 delegates in Llandudno at their fifth annual LCRI Conference 2013: Low Carbon Market Transitions on 5th and 6th November.
The conference examined the work of the LCRI in the current economic climate, with speakers discussing the way our research is having an impact upon the Welsh economy, by developing technologies and services, and creating jobs.
The conference aimed to bring together academics, policy makers and industry professionals to look holistically at the low carbon agenda. It focused on the R&D and innovation needed to deliver government policy objectives in Wales, the UK and internationally, together with the technological, economic and social challenges and opportunities this involves. It was a chance for delegates to hear from each of our projects, to learn in-depth information about the LCRI Convergence Programme, as well as to understand the work of the wider LCRI as a whole.
The conference was opened by Alun Davies, AM and Minister for Natural Resources and Food. The Minister said that the Welsh Government believes that climate change is taking place and is caused by human activity. The Government wishes to achieve a successful low carbon transition, while addressing poverty and focusing on green growth. Mr Davies confirmed that “the LCRI has a central role to play in what we want to achieve as a nation in the future.”
The key note speakers included Professor Phil Jones, Chair of the LCRI, who discussed the need for, and benefits of, working towards a low carbon economy. Professor Jim Watson, Research Director for UKERC gave a presentation entitled “Energy policy in flux: implications for electricity markets”. He discussed the UK’s low carbon transition, energy policy tensions, and the roles electricity markets will play.
Dr David Clarke, CEO of the Energy Technologies Institute, gave a presentation entitled “Creating an affordable energy system for the UK: It’s a question of innovation”. This discussed the challenges presented by the UK’s growing energy needs, the various energy source options available, and the need for a secure and sustainable energy mix. Malcolm Grimston, Honorary Senior Research Fellow from Imperial College London presented “The Challenges of delivering Nuclear New Build even when the UK Government wants it.” He explored the costs and benefits of investment in nuclear power, and the socio-economic factors affecting the process.
The two day event included breakout sessions, which comprised of presentations, talks, discussions and Q&As given and led by the LCRI Convergence programme projects: Large Scale Power Generation (LSPG), Low Carbon Built Environment (LCBE), Hydrogen, Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST), Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC), Marine, Scenario Modelling and Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region (SOLCER) as well as the LCRI’s Bio Energy team based in Aberystwyth University.
The Conference also included 15 exhibitors consisting of the LCRI Convergence projects, the Bio Energy team, as well as the BEST project, the Climate Change Consortium for Wales, SEACams, SLR Consulting, Anglesey Energy Island Programme, and the Energy Innovation Centre.
Professor Peter Pearson, Director of the LCRI said: “What we have shown through this conference is how much can be achieved through cooperation across disciplines, research teams and Welsh universities, working with partners in industry and local government, and with partners in other UK, European and international universities, supported by research funds from the UK research councils, industry and Europe.”