Introducing the Class of 2020 - The Future of UK Leadership on Renewable and Sustainable Energy

PRASEG 2020 Winter Reception, supported by National Grid

16:00 - 18:00, Tuesday 11 February 2020

Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons

The 2020 PRASEG Winter Reception marked the start of a crucial year for energy and climate change policy in the UK. Climate change was one of the defining issues of the 2019 General Election and politicians are more engaged in the future of clean energy than ever before. In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, the world will be shining a spotlight on the UK and how it begins to implement new policies and programmes to achieve its new 'net zero' greenhouse gas emissions target for 2050.

Close to 200 leaders and experts in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy, including politicians, business leaders, researchers and academics, met in the House of Commons on 11 February 2020. Keynote speeches were provided by Energy Minister, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Alan Brown MP, Bim Afolami MP and Jon Butterworth MBE.

In addition, attendees heard speeches from the following MPs as part of a quick-fire introductory session where each MP introduced their consitutency and their priorities for climate change and renewables:

  • Olivia Blake MP – Labour Party MP for Sheffield Hallam
  • Selaine Saxby MP – Conservative Party MP for North Devon
  • Alexander Stafford MP – Conservative Party MP for Rother Valley
  • Duncan Baker MP – Conservative Party MP for North Norfolk
  • Anthony Mangnall MP – Conservative Party MP for Totnes
  • Julie Marson MP – Conservative Party MP for Hertford and Stortford
  • Jerome Mayhew MP – Conservative Party MP for Broadland in Norfolk
  • Lia Nici MP – Conservative Party MP for Great Grimsby
  • Claudia Webbe MP – Labour Party MP for Leicester East
  • Nadia Whittome MP – Labour Party MP for Nottingham East

Around the room, 8 of PRASEG's supporting organisations hosted stands and presented materials showcasing cutting edge UK renewable energy projects to Parliamentarians, including: Calor, Community Energy England, OFTEC, Octopus Group, Octopus Energy, The CCSA & UKCCSRC, Marine Energy England and BP.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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