Spring Forum

Wednesday 29 March, 2023

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Facing new realities: rethinking energy use, supply and policy in the wake of the global energy crisis

Key topics will include:

  • Global Net Zero by 2050 – feasibility and financial implications
  • The role of the utilities in achieving Net Zero and the policies needed in this parliament
  • The role of hydrogen in Net Zero as one of the most promising decarbonisation options
  • Financial implications of Coronavirus on energy companies
  • Net Zero technologies: the role of nuclear and Government support for the next wave of emerging technologies
  • Renewables investment – strategies in an increasingly competitive sector
  • The role of the company board during the transition
  • The European Green Deal and what it means for the power sector

The global energy industry continues to face turbulent times, experiencing the worst energy crisis in decades, with high energy prices, supply chain disruptions, and economic instability.

However, almost a year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the outlook is relatively positive compared to early dire predictions. The global economy has weathered the impact of the loss of Russian supply. Despite massive short-term cost increases, energy rationing has not yet been required, and in spite of the short-term political panic, the main institutions of the European energy policy—including the wholesale electricity markets—are intact.

While the short-term news is surprisingly positive, the world that emerges from this energy crisis will require a vastly different strategy to approaching the energy transition.

Firstly, supply chains have shortened. It is difficult to imagine a return to the levels of integrations that drove the energy transition in the past decade, such as solar and battery technology from China.

Secondly, decarbonisation is now a matter of survival. The need for energy independence, especially in Europe, has reinforced the existing decarbonisation imperative to drive investment in both mature and immature energy technologies.

Thirdly, Europe’s energy intensive industries are threatened. Europe must now re-evaluate the reliance of its manufacturing industry on cheap Russian fossil fuels, especially in countries like Germany.

With these challenges facing policy makers, investors, and players in the energy market across the globe, the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 will focus on rethinking energy use, supply, and policy in the wake of the global energy crisis.

The leading annual gathering of the energy industry, the Aurora Spring Forum 2023, returns to Oxford on Wednesday 29 March for its 9th edition, offering a unique opportunity to engage with energy sector decision-makers from around the world.

Attend the event to hear from the world’s most influential private sector CEOs/CFOs and Energy Ministers, including Ignacio Galán, Executive Chairman, Iberdrola; Sinead Gorman, Chief Financial Officer, Shell; Michele Crisostomo, Chair of Enel; Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE; Laurie Fitch, Non-Executive Director of EDP & Strategic Advisory Group Partner at PJT Partners; and many more.

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Join the Aurora Spring Forum 2023 for a full day of intellectual engagement, thought-provoking analysis, and premium debates. The event offers several key networking opportunities during the day, including a networking lunch, a drinks reception, and a networking dinner in the evening.

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2023 Speakers

Ignacio Galán

Executive Chairman, Iberdrola

Sinead Gorman

Chief Financial Officer, Shell

Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade

Chief Executive Officer, EDP

Michele Crisostomo

Chair, Enel

Amber Rudd

Former UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Markus Krebber

Chief Executive Officer, RWE AG

Hunter Hunt

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hunt Energy

Caroline Lytton

Managing Director, Head of Power & Renewables Global Structured Finance EMEA, SMBC

Lord John Browne of Madingley

Chairman, BeyondNetZero

Laurie Fitch

Strategic Advisory Group Partner, PJT Partners

Rosheen McGuckian

Chief Executive Officer, NTR

Fintan Slye

Executive Director, Electricity System Operator, National Grid

Pat Wood III

Chief Executive Officer, Hunt Energy Network

Bernhard Guenther

Chief Financial Officer, Fortum

Greg Jackson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Energy

Jonathan Brearley

Chief Executive Officer, Ofgem

Tom Glover

UK Country Chair, RWE

Emma Pinchbeck

Chief Executive, Energy UK

Robert Llewellyn

Presenter, The Fully Charged Show

Simone Rossi

Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy

Rasmus Errboe

EVP & CEO Region Europe, Ørsted

Keith Anderson

Chief Executive, ScottishPower

Kevin McCullough

Independent Non Executive Director/Senior Advisor within the Energy Sector

Hildagarde McCarville

Chief Executive Officer, Anesco

Alexander Voigt

Co-founder & Board Member, HH2E AG

Paul Stormoen

Chief Executive Officer, OX2

Hannah Roscoe

Partner, Osborne Clarke

David Swindin

Chief Executive Officer, Cubico Sustainable Investments

Stephen Wheeler

Managing Director, SSE Renewables

Miriam Bueno

Deputy Director General for Energy Foresight, Strategy and Regulation, Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

Sopna Sury

COO Hydrogen, RWE

Bobby Chada

Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

Christopher Hunt

Co-founder and Partner, Sandbrook Capital

Ed Craddock

Director, Energy, MUFG

Stefan Kapferer

Chief Executive Officer, 50Hertz

Previous Years

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