Policy Forum for Wales

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Energy policy in Wales and enabling the transition to a low carbon economy - priorities for cutting emissions, infrastructure and investment, and supporting the economy

December 2019

This seminar will examine the next steps, practicalities, and likely impact for cutting emissions in Wales, looking at:

  • The transition to a low carbon economy and meeting Wales’ first carbon budget;
  • Infrastructure priorities to support both environmental aims and growth in the Welsh economy; and
  • What steps can be taken to effectively meet air quality and re-foresting targets.

The agenda and keynote speakers

Keynote contributions on:

  • Energy policy in Wales - with Jennifer Pride, Head of Energy Policy, Welsh Government;
  • Priorities for enabling Climate Change preparedness - with Ceri Davies, Executive Director, Evidence, Policy and Permitting Directorate, Natural Resources Wales;
  • Making changes in everyday life in order to tackle climate change - with Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University;
  • Collaboration and environmental governance post-Brexit - with William Wilson, Member, Welsh Organising Committee, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; and
  • Supporting the Welsh economy alongside decarbonisation and clean energy production - with John Lloyd Jones, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

Further sessions focus on:

  • The roles of the public sector, business, and communities in moving towards a low-carbon economy - transport, energy efficiency and local decarbonisation projects; and
  • Growth, sustainability and driving forward energy projects - planning, securing investment and utilising growth deals.

Further speakers and case studies

Also speaking are: Holly Cross, Cwm Arian Renewable Energy; Oliver Lancaster, Wales & West Utilities and Cardiff Capital Region Business Council; Osian Roberts, Minesto; Will Ryan, Savills; and a senior speaker confirmed from Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management.

Speakers sharing learning from case studies include:

  • Transport - Fergus Worthy, Senior Transport Consultant, Cenex - on low emission vehicles, in the context of the aim for a zero emission bus, taxi and private hire vehicle fleet by 2028;
  • Involving young people - Sion Sleep, Environmental Leadership Programme, UpRising Cymru - on opportunities for young people to have more of a voice and involvement in tackling climate change and meeting sustainability goals in Wales; and
  • Everyday life changes - Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University - on the work of the recently-established centre on areas such as consumption of goods and physical products, food and diet, travel, and heating and cooling in buildings.

The chairs

  • Mark Isherwood AM, Chair, Cross-party Group on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency; and
  • Will Hayward, Social Affairs Correspondent, WalesOnline have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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