Taking place TODAY: edie’s Clean Energy & Transport Forum

Maclean and Wayth will be delivering our morning keynote speeches at the event

Clean Energy and Clean Transport are two of the five key themes that the UK COP26 unit has selected for its summit in November – largely because the decarbonisation of these crucial sectors will enable the transition to net-zero across the economy more broadly. Despite strong progress in some nations and in some sub-sectors, energy and transport continue to be some of the world’s biggest contributors to emissions, and the world remains off-track to deliver the Paris Agreement’s ambitions.

With that in mind, this brand-new virtual event on Thursday 15 July will connect energy and sustainability leaders from all major industries with policymakers, industry bodies, NGOs and net-zero carbon experts, to discuss what it will take to fully decarbonise our energy and transport systems.  


MP Maclean will give a morning keynote at the event, following on from another keynote provided by the Energy Institute’s chief executive Nick Wayth. The two speeches will look at the tipping points and enablers that will deliver a clean future for both energy and transport.

edie can also confirm that speakers from the likes of Royal Mail, UKRI Innovate UK and the Association for Decentralised Energy have also been confirmed for the event. Additionally, the chief executive of the Climate Group, Helen Clarkson, and the senior advisor for the UK Green Building Council, Karl Desai, will be on hand to provide their insight.

As well as high-level keynote speeches and panel discussions, attendees will be encouraged to participate in speed networking sessions and interactive workshops, as well as connecting with other attendees and sponsors at dedicated themed breakout discussion tables. Our kind sponsors for the Clean Energy & Transport Forum are O2, Bryt Energy and Mer.


Countdown to COP26 Festival

The Clean Energy and Transport forum is part of edie’s Countdown to COP26 Festival. Supported by headline partner O2, the Countdown to COP26 Festival kicked off in May with a successful first event which took an overarching look at what a successful climate summit looks like.

The Countdown to COP26 launch event – which is now available to watch back on-demand – incorporated high-level keynote talks about how governments and businesses can elevate their climate ambition, action and advocacy; interactive panel discussions focused on key COP26 themes across energy, transportation and land use.

The Festival events programme will be supported by a plethora of articles, interviews, blogs, reports and guides delivered by edie’s award-winning editorial team.

Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date with the latest COP26 news, and click here to view edie’s full Countdown to COP26 Festival line-up.

edie staff

Comments (3)

  1. Richard Phillips says:

    It is, perhaps, just me, but it seldom seems it be recognised, that all "renewable energy" is beyond our control, and neither is it available on demand.
    There is only one energy generator that fills this description; NUCLEAR.
    Has HMG really grasped the concept that to fulfil, in reality, the object of a zero carbon economy, this is the only answer?
    Zero natural gas, no petroleum fuels. An immense electricity storage capacity, quite unimaginable at the moment, and demanding, I suspect, of materials mot readily to hand, even scarce on a global basis.
    But maybe that’s just me!
    Richard Phillips

  2. Belinda Perriman says:

    With respect to the comment by Richard Phillips: reliable, dispatchable energy generation is also available from a natural gas fired power station with the 4% CO2 from its flue gas captured and geologically stored (CCS). This can be done at significantly lower cost- and without nuclear waste left for future generations to deal with. Natural gas and petroleum fuels do not cause climate change- if we collect the CO2 waste product when we burn them for energy or to manufacture hydrogen, CO2 emissions are reduced to a residual amount (5%-10%).

  3. Richard Phillips says:

    Thanks to Ms Perriman for her comments.
    It is commonly supposed that the combustion of carbonaceous fuels do add to climate effects, but they are not always that which is commonly expected.
    During the Ordovician, CO2 was high, some 4,500ppm, and temperatures at todays level, and in the Triassic, the reverse, CO2 at some 1,500, and temperature some 10 deg above today.
    CCS would be a large industry if all CO2 were to be captured, cars and lorries are a problem.
    Nuclear waste is comparatively small in volume, and no danger to future generations, I was a scientist at AERE Harwell for 35 years.
    Highly active material decays quite quickly and is very safely stored.
    A bigger future problem may be sourcing the lithium for all the EVs seen as so socially desirable.
    Big subject, energy!!!!
    Richard Phillips

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