Thursday 11 February 2016, 6pm - 7pm (followed by drinks reception)
Lecture Theatre 124, Chemical Engineering Building
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Global Energy Policy Challenges, Innovation and the Catapult
Nick Winser, Chair of the Energy Systems Catapult
The global politics of energy and the environment are high on the agenda for all economies, evidenced by the recent deal at the climate change summit in Paris - where nearly 200 countries took part in negotiations to limit the rise in global temperatures. But can the UK honour this commitment? In his lecture, Nick Winser will review the UK’s energy policy and discuss the recent shift in focus towards energy innovation to meet the 2050 climate and energy targets. The lecture will go on to look at how the Energy Systems Catapult, which is part of a network of Catapults, will help to deliver the UK’s objectives for the transformation of UK and global energy systems (covering electricity, heat and combustible gases).
Nick Winser’s career within the energy sector spans over 30 years, culminating in his recent appointment as Chairman of Energy Systems Catapult. Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre set up by Innovate UK to support companies and the Government in developing products and services to address the new commercial opportunities created by the transformation of UK and global energy systems.
Prior to this, Nick served on the Board of the National Grid becoming its UK and European CEO in 2011. His extensive experience of the sector resulted in his election as President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (2013-2015) and his Chairmanship of CIGRE UK, the International Council on Large Electric Systems.
Previously Vice President and Trustee of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Nick assumed the role of Deputy President in October 2015. Having chaired the IET’s Membership & Professional Development Committee, Nick now chairs both the Finance and Investment Committee and the Power Academy.
Although the main focus of Nick’s career has been within the energy sector, he also has a professional interest in the construction sector. A non-executive Director of Kier Group since 2009, he chairs the Safety, Health and Environment sub-committee of the Board.
Nick holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and The Energy Institute. Since 2011, he has also held the rank of Major in the Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps (RE) V, thereby providing advice to HM Forces and the Ministry of Defence. Nick was awarded a CBE in 2014.
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