Programme                                                                  #ReSourceUK 

Food and drink Sector in partnership with The Food and Drink Federation

Food and drinks is a sector that has long led on sustainable practices. What are market leaders doing to ensure all their business processes and operations are powered by green energy? How are they leveraging opportunities in corporate PPAs and beyond?  

 Monday 28 September
Presentations & Panel Discussions 

Latest trends in the UK PPA market and lessons learnt from sector leaders


Isabel DiVanna, Executive Director, Commercial and Customer Experience, RenewableUK

Isabel leads on commercial strategy for income generation - both membership and events – at RenewableUK. Before joining RenewableUK, Isabel headed up commercial and members services at the Bar Council (the professional body for barristers), at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (a foreign affairs and defence think tank), and led on business development and partnerships at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where she worked with FTSE 100 companies on corporate leadership programmes for the C-suite.


Green Recovery Context

Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI

As Chief UK policy director Matthew is responsible for developing and shaping the CBI’s domestic policy agenda, including on People and Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation. He also leads the CBI’s work on industrial and regional policy. Matthew is the CBI’s key spokesperson and has responsibility for political relationships and influencing across these areas of UK policy. Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and has covered a range of business sectors including manufacturing, small business and financial services. As director for competitive markets Matthew led the CBI’s work on competition, regulation and corporate governance as well as campaigns to champion the UK's mid-market and the "Great Business Debate" to build public confidence in business. Immediately prior to taking up his current role, Matthew was Chief of Staff with responsibility for the CBI’s strategy, people and governance. Matthew has considerable experience of engaging with government, regulators and senior business leaders. He is a member of the CBI’s senior leadership team and sits on its Executive Committee. 


PPA Market Overview

Helen Dewhurst, Corporate Sustainability Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance  

Helen Dewhurst is a renewable energy analyst at BloombergNEF, covering corporate sustainability. Helen focuses on the efforts by large companies to reduce emissions and increase purchasing of renewable energy via a variety of corporate energy procurement strategies, examining the fundamentals of power markets, power purchase agreements, green certificates and how energy policies and renewable energy economics interact to affect corporate renewable purchasing decisions. Helen also builds and maintain datasets that track corporate renewable energy procurement. Before joining BNEF, Helen worked in sustainable procurement at Accenture, working closely with key suppliers to deliver Accenture’s environmental strategy.

Presentation & Panellist:

PPA Market Overview

Juan Pablo Cerda, Founder & CEO, Zeigo

Juan Pablo Cerda is the founder of a London-based technology company at the forefront of renewable energy, backed by the Green Angel Syndicate and Sustainable Ventures. Zeigo is a technology platform that connects corporates with renewable energy generators, using data & smart technology to cut through the complexities of clean power procurement. With strong experience building and exiting a business in the sector, JP believes in accelerating the green revolution to contribute towards a sustainable future.

Case Study:

Case Study on Nestlé

Alana Kühne, Head of Continental Europe PPAs & Merchant Products, Ørsted 

Alana Kühne is Head of Continental Europe PPAs & Merchant Products at Ørsted, one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies that today ranks as the most sustainable company in the world in the Global 100 index by Corporate Knights. For the last 6 years, Alana has held a number of senior roles within Ørsted and is an expert in energy management and renewable energy. She specialises in helping businesses to procure renewable power from offshore wind farms to contribute to a greener energy future. Alana currently leads the team responsible for all European Corporate and Wholesale PPA partnerships and in the past 18 months, her team have successfully delivered the world's largest offshore wind PPA with Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-performance polymer materials and a PPA partnership with the world's largest food and beverage company, Nestlé. The team were also responsible for the UK’s first offshore wind corporate PPA with Northumbrian Water in 2019.


Tobias Beyer, PPAs & Structured Origination, RWE


Taylor McKenzie, Origination & Offtake Manager, ScottishPower


Zosia Riesner, Director of Power Markets, Europe, Lightsource BP


TBC, ScottishPower


Q&A with Panel


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The Food and Drink Federation

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. The UK food and drink industry accounts for 20% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employs over 430,000 people in the UK across 7,400 businesses.