The Energyst Event once again explored approaches to an integrated energy strategy, in an energy market where disciplines are rapidly converging. The conference delved into many current niches such as Esos, EVs storage and making energy efficiency a tradable resource. Crucially, it looked at how they fit together as a whole.
The event opened on 1-2 May at the National Motorcycle museum, on the day the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advised government to set a more stringent decarbonisation target, calling for a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. This is a significant increase from its previous recommendation of 80%. This message was reflected in the Convergence theatre’s Achieving carbon zero. The audience discussion with Engie and Ikigai Capital emphasised that a business cannot wait for government mandates if it wants to remain profitable and that zero carbon is not only possible technically, but financially. In a thorough examination of the issue, Engie explained how it is repositioning itself as a partner for Zero-Carbon Transition “as a service”.
Top-level debate included ‘Does energy reporting really deliver carbon savings?’, led by the Energy Institute and Inenco. They outlined what to expect and how to prepare for Esos phase 2 and the new SECR (streamlined energy and carbon reporting) scheme. High on the agenda was discussion on whether compliance works for businesses and how to turn it into an opportunity rather than a burden.
Both the Energy Convergence conference and the Icon hosted Energyst Fringe theatre reached their capacity limit, with standing room only in many sessions.