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16 September, 2020

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Energy efficiency in a post-lockdown world: Earthshot not Moonshot

This is a video of the webinar from the 16th September 2020, in which Nick Eyre, Paul Massara, and Andrew Wright talked about the UK energy efficiency programmes of the past, and what we can learn from these to implement a best practice energy efficiency scheme for residential and small commercial premises in the post-lockdown world.

The webinar briefly described previous schemes, and summarised lessons learned from their successes and failures. Nick, Paul and Andrew considered objectives for a new scheme, aligned with a “Marshall Plan” style ambition. They identified desirable features that should be designed into such schemes, so that they achieve multiple goals, deliver benefits and help us become Net Zero by 2050.

Slides and Q&A:

  • The presentation slides can be found here.
  • Questions and comments from the webinar can be found here.

Video content:

  • Helen (0:12) introduced the speakers
  • Andrew’s presentation (2:19)
  • Nick’s presentation (12:10) 
  • Paul’s presentation (22:02)
  • The Q&A session (34:03) 


Andrew Wright

Andrew is an independent energy and regulation consultant and formerly Senior Partner in Energy Systems at Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator for Great Britain, where he was a member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, Ofgem’s governing body. Andrew is also a Professor in Practice with the Durham University Energy Institute.

Andrew has 35 years of experience of the gas and electricity sector. Before joining Ofgem he was a senior equity research analyst covering UK and European utilities for a number of major investment banks, including, most recently, UBS. He worked at Ofgem from 2008 to 2018, including a nine-month period as interim Chief Executive and five years leading the Markets Division.

Nick Eyre

Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Oxford and Director of Energy Research for the University. Since April 2018, he has been Director of the major UKRI investment on energy use, the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

Nick has 30 years’ experience in energy and climate policy. Previous roles include Energy Programme leader in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and Director of Strategy of the Energy Saving Trust. He is a member of Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Nick’s main research interest is the role of changing energy demand in the energy transition. He was a lead author of the ‘Buildings’ Chapter of the Mitigation Report of 5th Assessment of the IPCC, and is a review editor of the chapter on energy demand and energy services in the 6th Assessment. He was a co-author of the UK Government’s 2002 Review of Energy Policy, and lead author of the research that underpinned the first UK shadow price of carbon.

Paul Massara

Paul is a member of the Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty, and a Board adviser to Habitat Energy, an AI machine learning business on battery storage.

He was CEO of NPower from January 2013 to August 2015, plus Country Chair for RWE. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer for NPower over 2011-2012. From 2006, Paul was President and Founding Partner for Genesis Capital Corporation before returning to the UK and working as a consultant between 2009 and 2011, including co-founding Oxford House Research which worked with the Politics Department of Oxford University to study issues related to politics and faith. From 1997 to 2006, Paul held various roles at Centrica, including President of Canadian Operations for Centrica, Director of Finance and Planning, and Commercial Director at Centrica Energy.

Helen Gavin

Helen is based in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, working on the Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy. She is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources, with expertise in a range of quantitative environmental issues. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, water and energy auditor, programme manager and knowledge exchange, in consultancy and in academia.

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