Looking to the long-term

On 28th February 2018 Sustainability First launched a major report at its final New-Pin conference:  Looking to the long-newpin thumb feb18term: hearing the public interest in energy and water - Eight agendas for change.

Our new report, which marks the end of the New-Pin project, is structured around eight Agendas for Change that are based on our eleven detailed New-Pin project papers, all of which are available here. It also contains Levers for Change - practical and accessible sets of principles, decision making frameworks and infographics that can be used to help frame and maintain focus on long-term public interest outcomes as the energy and water sectors go through significant transition. The Agendas for Change and Levers for Change have been rigorously road-tested with New-Pin members over the three years of the project as part of our deliberative engagement process.

As a result of New-Pin, Network members are now making more connections between the energy and water sectors - sharing learning on what works and what doesn’t - are extending their networks with public interest groups and developing more 'joined-up’ approaches to affordability and customers in vulnerable circumstances. Many are now also using our board effectiveness check-list to assess how effective their boards are in meeting the needs of customers, future consumers and wider stakeholders.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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Chair: Ted Cantle, Sustainability First Chair

 

9:30

Registration, refreshments and networking

 

10:00

Welcome and opening comments

Ted Cantle and Sharon Darcy, Sustainability First

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10:10

Meeting the challenges of technology, climate change, customer expectations and socio-demographic change.

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, the Environment Agency 

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10:40 

What is the long-term public interest? What outcomes do we seek? 

Market actors explain how they have taken long-term public interest outcomes into account in their businesses.

Judith Ward, Sustainability First 

Chris Harris, npower - Long-term affordability 

Jim Cardwell, Northern Powergrid - Resilience and sustainability 

Alex Plant, Anglian Water - Trust and confidence 

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11:50

Refreshments and networking

 

Chair: Maxine Frerk, Sustainability First Associate

 

12:15

Delivering public interest outcomes through markets, regulation and interventions. 

Sharon Darcy, Sustainability First 

Lawrence Slade, CEO, Energy UK 

Sonia Brown, Director of UK Regulatory Policy and Public Affairs, Visa Europe 

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13:15

Lunch and networking

 

Chair: Ted Cantle, Sustainability First Trustee

 

14:15

Delivering public interest outcomes through engagement and governance. 

Sharon Darcy, Sustainability First 

Zoe McLeod, Chair, South East Water Customer Challenge Group

John Roberts, Chair, Electricity North West 

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Chair: Sarah Harrison

 

15:15

Learning from each other: How energy and water regulators view the public interest – for current and future customers.

Alena Kozakova, Chief Economist, Ofwat

David Gray, Chair, Ofgem (GEMA)

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16:20

What does the changing context for the energy and water sectors mean for the long-term public interest? How is the public interest most effectively embedded for the future? 

Closing address: Adrian Gault, Committee on Climate Change

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16:50

Closing remarks

Sharon Darcy, Sustainability First

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17:00

Conference close & networking drinks

 

 

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