Agenda and Speakers

 08.30-09.00 Arrival Tea & Coffee and Registration
 09.00-09.20

A1: Introduction and Welcome Address

09.20-10.55

A2: Accelerating Renewables 2020-2030

Northern Ireland set itself a target of 40% electricity consumption from renewables by 2020. In 2019 we expect to reach this target and must focus on the next steps towards a fully-decarbonised energy sector. In this session we will learn about new research into the cost-benefit of onshore wind from 2000 and how we can continue the trend of cost-effective renewables to 2030. We will hear an overview of some of the opportunities for the growth in flexible infrastructure, and finally we’ll have the chance to hear about progress towards setting new strategies for energy in the next decade.

Joe Reynolds, Head of Energy Strategy & Co-ordination, Dept for the Economy Joe Reynolds

Joe is currently the Head of Energy Strategy & Co-ordination at the Dept for the Economy.  He was previously Director of the Programme for Government in the Executive Office and was Deputy Clerk to the Northern Ireland Assembly (2002-2008) following a period working for the United Nations in Kosovo. He has completed a Masters degrees in Law (QUB), Public Administration (Ulster) and Irish Politics (QUB). Joe is now a retired marathon runner and triathlete who enjoys weekend cycling to avoid housework or gardening.

10.55-11.20 Tea & Coffee Break
11.20-12.20

A3: Coordinating the Low-Carbon Economy

Decarbonisation of the energy sector means working with a full range of stakeholders to deliver fully on the opportunities that it brings. It also means avoiding disconnected policy-making. In this panel discussion we bring together experts from the transport, energy management, planning and urban sectors to engage in analysis of the ways in which coordination can be improved and delivered.

12.20-12.30

A4: Concluding Remarks

12.30-13.30

Conference finish followed by lunch