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A route map to delivering Net Zero in Wales. Are we on track?

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Date
13 July 2023
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Overview

Wales is gifted with some of the best natural resources in the world to deliver renewable energy including one of the highest tidal range in the world. 'Wales PLC' must harness these resources as quickly and efficiently as possible and overcome the blockers that are holding Wales back from delivering these targets.

The ICE Cymru are arranging a series of webinars / panel discussions with industry experts to share:

  • their knowledge;
  • the technology being produced, developed and implemented and;
  • the consultant and contractors that are involved in delivering Net Zero.

The first panel discussion is about setting the scene and putting into perspective the scale of what must be delivered (and not just talked about) to deliver Net Zero. Bringing together leaders in industry in Wales and the Welsh Government to discuss openly the progress to date and the future plans to help focus and produce a realistic quantifiable route map.

Speakers

Ben Burggraff

Ben Burggraff

Net Zero Industry Wales

CEO

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Ben Burggraff

“Native of the Netherlands, Ben began his career in 2002 at the Corus/Tata Steel research and development facility in the Netherlands and was appointed as the Energy Optimisation Manager at the Port Talbot Steelworks in 2007.

In 2014, he made the switch to Welsh Water and was responsible for the day-to-day energy costs and carbon management of more than 4000 of the company’s sites across Wales and Herefordshire. Four years later, he was appointed as the Head of Energy, leading on all aspects of energy management for Welsh Water, including developing and leading the company’s Net Zero Strategy. In 2022 Ben was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for a newly established body called Net Zero Industry Wales, supporting the industrial clusters in Wales on their Journey to Net Zero.

“I’m looking forward to supporting Industry in Wales and their stakeholders, to make Wales the country of choice for sustainable goods and services. The work done by the South Wales Industrial Cluster and its partners, has built a great foundation to start developing a truly sustainable, prosperous and resilient industry across the whole of Wales. I truly believe that this is key to creating a healthier, more equal and cohesive Wales”

Ian Parke

Ian Parke

Institution of Civil Engineers

co-chair, Low Carbon Energy Advisory Board

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Ian Parke

Ian is currently the co-chair of the ICE’s Low Carbon Energy Community Advisory Board (CAB). He is also a reviewer of candidates for CPR & IPR and a Policy Fellow at the ICE.

Ian is the current UK president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

His recent experience has been in renewable energy, working for EDF Renewables on a variety of projects including Battery Storage, solar, and on and offshore wind turbines. Ian worked at EDF for twelve years where in addition to working on renewables, he was the Fleet Civil Engineer for EDF thermal generation. Prior to EDF Ian was working on several energy related projects including underground gas storage and transmission.

Ian is an accredited storage tank inspector working within Nuclear and petrochemicals.

Ian is a former director of the Engineering Equipment and Materials Association and a former chair of the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for GENSIP (Coal Generators Safety & Integrity Programme).

Jennifer Pride

Jennifer Pride

Welsh Government

Head of Energy Delivery

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Jennifer Pride

Jennifer is Head of Energy Delivery for Welsh Government, focusing on enabling the low carbon distributed energy system in Wales. She has worked for over a decade on energy policy and delivery with a wide range of organisations across Wales, the UK and internationally. Before joining Welsh Government, Jennifer had a varied career including as an SME owner, a risk management consultant and a military engineer.

Mike Timothy

Mike Timothy

Bouygues UK

project director

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Mike Timothy

Mike is a Project Director for Bouygues UK based in South Wales but is also in a volunteer role as the current Chairman of the ICE Cymru, West Wales and Swansea City and a Fellow of the ICE who will facilitate this panel discussion. He has spent his career on building and Civil Projects around the world and returned to his home town of Swansea in 2017 to continue his career. As Wales has some of the best natural resources in the world to produce green energy he felt it was important to highlight how Wales is contributing towards the global targets of Net Zero.

He, along with fellow Engineers, have put these panel discussions together to help promote Wales to be loud and proud.

Nick Tune

Nick Tune

Atkins

Technical Director

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Nick Tune

Nick is a commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales and technical and technology director for Atkins’ Global Engineering and Design Practice and previously the CEO of coBuilder UK Director of BRE Wales and Group digital director of BRE.

He is a 'born innovator' (Winner of 6 innovation Awards 2016/17) who develops new technologies and processes for the benefit of the built environment, whilst creating wealth generating organisations. A natural communicator, marketeer and commercial expert. He is a recognised leader in the drive towards digitisation of the built environment. As a certified Agile/Scrum Master and experienced in agile and lean project delivery.

He is passionate about sustainability and my previous work in Wales at BRE and the Welsh Government, led to the delivery of the UKs first zero carbon passivhaus and innovation park in Ebbw Vale. The development of the £100M+ Welsh Government's ARBED sustainable refurbishment programme. Nick has developed and delivered over £30M worth of future cities and BIM research programmes via H2020 and Innovate UK.

In 2013 he set up the National Solar Centre at the Eden Project, Cornwall. The NSC delivers guidance, standards, consultancy and testing for the solar industry. Since Sept 15 he has been on the board of Down to Earth construction, a not for profit organisation that trains vulnerable groups on delivering sustainable buildings.

Dr James Whiteford

Dr James Whiteford

National Grid

electricity modelling and regional strategy manager

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Dr James Whiteford

After completing a PhD investigating the interactions between the gas and electricity transmission networks in 2010, James joined National Grid and has worked in a number of roles focussed on gas and electricity network development. His current role is in the electricity system operator where he is responsible for leading on the electricity supply modelling and assumptions within the annual Future Energy Scenarios. The Future Energy Scenarios represent a range of different, credible ways to decarbonise our energy system as we strive towards the 2050 target.

For more information please contact:

Jessica McQuade