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The Future of Energy Seminar- #FoSB

  • Burges Salmon One Glass Wharf Bristol, BS2 0ZX (map)

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar with subscribers and sponsors Bristol Energy. They will be joined by Energy researcher, Nikki Jones and representatives from FieldfisherThe Carbon Trust and Bristol City Council.

Bristol, amongst other cities, towns and villages has declared a climate emergency and our local leaders have set a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. What needs to change within our energy systems to achieve this objective? What are the business opportunities associated with decentralised, low carbon energy systems? And what funding opportunities are available to achieve this ambition?

Nikki Jones, Energy Researcher

How can Bristol achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 when the national ambition is 2050? What's the mix of local policy innovation, infrastructure investment, behavioural change and technological development that we need? Nikki Jones, researcher and writer on energy, will be giving an overview and looking at some of the business opportunities that may arise.

Samantha Nicol, Head of Innovation and Marketing, Bristol Energy and James Sterling, Communications, Engagement and Partnership Manager, Bristol City Council: A sustainable energy company with social value at its heart.

In this presentation Sam will be discussing Bristol Energy’s role in the city’s transition to carbon neutrality. At Bristol Energy, Samantha is leading on exciting projects including: Heat as a Service, developing local energy system designs and other renewable energy propositions. She is passionate about driving customer centred solutions to address the environmental, social and commercial challenges in the energy sector.

City Leap Energy Partnership - Bristol City Council has started its search for a long-term strategic partner to keep Bristol on track for carbon neutrality. Find out more about the City Leap initiative and how to get involved.

Rob Hatcher, Manager - Cities and Regions Team, The Carbon Trust: Local level response to the climate emergency: energy systems and action planning

This presentation will discuss moving from climate emergency declaration to action, responding to the need to decarbonise in line with the Paris Agreement and the UK government’s net zero target. It will include details on decentralised energy at a local level and the opportunities and engagement required from the business sector. The presentation will also cover a brief overview of the Green Business Fund programme for small to medium-sized businesses, which provides support and advice for energy efficiency.

Lis Blunsdon, Partner, Fieldfisher: Decarbonisation and Decentralisation; uncertainty and opportunity in the future of energy


Up till 13:00 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)

13:30 – 13:55 – Registration and tea & coffee

13:55 – 14:00 – Introductions from The Future Economy Network

14:00 – 14:10 – Introduction from Roger Bull, Managing Partner, Burges Salmon

14:10 – 14:30 – Nikki Jones, Energy Researcher

14:30 – 14:50 – Samantha Nicol, Bristol Energy and James Sterling, Bristol City Council

14:50 – 15:10 – Rob Hatcher, The Carbon Trust

15:10 – 15:30 – Lis Blunsdon, Fieldfisher

15:30 – 15:55 – Panel Discussion – including Camilla Usher-Clark, Partner, Burges Salmon

15:55 – 16:00 – Closing remarks

16:00 - 16:30 - Networking

As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square.


Lis Blunsdon, Partner, Fieldfisher

Lis Blunsdon is a partner in the London Energy Regulatory team and has extensive experience in UK and European energy regulation, energy transactions, negotiating power purchase and gas sales purchase agreements and structured energy trading transactions. Her clients include project developers, investment funds and energy infrastructure owners.  Lis has been involved in renewable energy for well over a decade.  She has been involved in the development of wind, solar, biomass and waste to energy projects in the UK, Europe and Africa, and has particular expertise in renewable support schemes including ROCs, REGOs, Feed in Tariffs and the Contract for Difference.

Rob Hatcher, Manager - Cities and Regions Team, The Carbon Trust

Rob supports the Carbon Trust's technical and strategy services, routinely delivering carbon, resource and energy management advice. Rob has delivered a wide variety of effective carbon management strategies for organisations, cities and regions in the UK and internationally. This extends to the creation of low carbon city action plans for large metropolitan areas in the Asia-Pacific region. Rob has also been extensively involved with building retrofitting, metering and monitoring, renewable technology feasibility and installation. Rob is a Member of the Energy Institute (MEI), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement and Verification professional (CMVP).

Nikki Jones, MSc Freelance Researcher/Writer

Nikki is a researcher, writer and journalist on oil, gas and energy. She delivers climate and energy lectures specialising in climate change on UK and global level.

Samantha Nicol, Head of Innovation and Marketing, Bristol Energy 

Samantha has over 15 years’ experience bringing new propositions, growth strategies and pilot programmes to market in the energy sector. At Bristol Energy, Samantha is leading on exciting projects including: Heat as a Service, developing local energy system designs and other renewable energy propositions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queens University in Canada and an MBA with distinction from Oxford’s Said Business School.  

James Sterling, Communications, Engagement and Partnerships Manager, Bristol City Council

James heads up the Communications, Engagement and Partnerships workstream for Bristol City Council’s Energy Service. He’s worked on some key city projects including European Green Capital 2015, Bristol Community Energy Fund and more recently the City Leap initiative. With a strong background in communications and an unmatched passion for sustainability, James has been an instrumental champion for the city’s green efforts over the years, ensuring collective action to keep Bristol on track for carbon neutrality.

The Future Economy Group are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for the seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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