Policy Forum for Wales

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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The future of energy policy in Wales - renewables, cross-sector partnerships, regional approaches, and a low carbon economic recovery from COVID-19

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on the energy policy in Wales.

The agenda:

  • Energy policy in Wales and priorities moving forward
  • A low carbon recovery from COVID-19 - linking economic growth with green jobs and infrastructure development
  • Developing renewable energy projects in Wales:
    • Policy priorities for offshore wind farms
    • Next steps for hydrogen energy in Wales
    • Tapping into the potential for Welsh marine energy
    • Securing the conservation of natural habitats whilst increasing the use of renewable energy
    • Legal issues for the implementation of renewable energy in Wales
  • Implementing a flexible grid network and supporting the decarbonisation of transport
  • Cross-sector partnerships and collaboration in fostering green choices and smart energy consumption - the role of businesses, local authorities and individuals
  • Next steps for developing regional approaches to reaching Net Zero targets

The policy context:

  • Build Back Greener - the PM’s plan to make the UK a green energy leader, which included £160m to upgrade ports, infrastructure and capacity for offshore wind around the UK, including in Wales
  • National Development Framework 2020-2040 - the Welsh Government draft plan charting the way forward for policy in areas including energy supply, all in the context of tackling climate change
  • Building a low-carbon economy in Wales - Carbon Budget 2021-2025 - the forthcoming second statutory decarbonisation plan from the Committee on Climate Change
  • Energising Wales: A Plan for Wales: government response - following the Institute of Welsh Affairs study laying out a plan for the future of renewable energy in Wales by 2035
  • Team Wales approach to tackle climate change - aimed at fostering effective partnerships across the public sector working towards net zero goals, under the by the Partnership Council for Wales
  • Consultation on plans to further reduce fuel poverty by 2035 launched - by the Welsh Government and set to report by February 2021
  • Coal policy in Wales - recent consultation as a part of the Welsh Government’s shift away from the use of fossil fuels
  • Kick-start for new Welsh schemes to heat homes and businesses using city centre heat networks - starting in Cardiff and Bridgend, moving forward heat decarbonisation in Wales’ urban areas
  • Welsh Government makes climate emergency declaration - to signal the Government’s determination that exit from EU should not be allowed to detract from addressing climate change challenges
  • the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 - with commitments to reduce Welsh greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 through a set of carbon budgets and interim emissions targets

The discussion in detail:

  • the Carbon Budget - looking at:
    • progress - on the first carbon budget and emissions targets, and lessons learned
    • looking ahead - with the announcement of the Welsh Government’s second statutory decarbonisation plan in the autumn of 2021
  • a low-carbon economic recovery from COVID-19:
    • the pandemic’s impact - the widespread fall of emissions during the lockdown and as sectors across the economy plan for recovery from its effects
    • practicalities of building back greener - how Wales can secure economic recovery building both green jobs and infrastructure
  • renewables - progress on policy and implementation in Wales, and key challenges:
    • emerging renewable energy sources - the potential for Wales to tap into marine, hydrogen and offshore wind  and next steps for developing these projects
    • enablers - navigating the legal landscape around implementation and strategies for securing funding for emerging technologies
    • environmental impact - with concerns about offshore wind and marine life, discussing priorities for ensuring that implementation does not compromise biodiversity and natural habitats
  • transport and smart energy - priorities for supporting the decarbonisation of transport and grid network flexibility
  • Team Wales - the way forward for collaboration to further decarbonisation in Wales, and developing partnership strategies for supporting green choices across society:
    • public-private approaches - the way forward for joint working between businesses, local authorities and individuals in promoting smart energy consumption and decarbonisation
    • Welsh R&D - policy priorities for supporting continued development of innovative solutions to tackle climate change through partnerships
  • regionally-specific plans - examining more locally-focused approaches to achieving net-zero targets, with the emphasis on regional development in the draft National Development Framework

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Senedd Cymru and Welsh Parliament and senior officials from the Welsh Government, and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as energy sector specialists including renewable energy developers, power generators, energy suppliers, network, energy storage and ancillary service providers, infrastructure, construction and engineering firms, investment and legal groups, and academics and commentators, representatives trade unions and local government, together with reporters from the national and trade media based in Wales and elsewhere.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates