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REA to ramp up the energy debate at first major symposium

05 February 2013

The Renewable Energy Association  is offering an opportunity to join an open and honest discussion with leading lights from the UK energy and sustainability debate.

Gaynor Hartnell

Energy, Security and Prosperity: REA Symposium 2013, to be held at the Royal Institution in London on March 26 2013, will bring together over twenty of the most inspiring and entertaining speakers to debate energy resources to 2050 and the importance of embedding sustainability at the core of business and society. The, Chatham House Rule will apply at this conference, giving audience insight into what key opinion leaders and decision makers really think.

Speakers include former BP CEO Tony Hayward on the future of fossil fuels; Rear Admiral Chris Parry on resource conflicts and global security; former Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King on technology change, and Solarcentury Chairman Dr Jeremy Leggett on UK energy choices. The full speaker line-up is available here.

REA Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell (pictured) says her organisation firmly believes that renewables are on the cusp of making economic sense, even without factoring climate change into the equation.

"But we don’t want to be talking about subsidies, financial incentives and complex policies," she emphasises. Instead, the event will be about renewables and their place in the energy mix of the future. "You won’t get politicians or corporate advertising at this event, just fascinating speakers, lively audience participation and great networking,” she adds.

The Chatham House Rule will give speakers the freedom to say what they really think, and give the audience the opportunity to ask questions that they usually daren’t!

The Symposium will also look at the sustainability and energy debates in the round – not just renewables, but topics ranging from sustainable architecture and city planning to the uncertainties and psychology of climate change.

The evening will be rounded off with dinner, drinks, entertainment, and a keynote speech from popular former energy minister Charles Hendry MP.

To find out more and to register online, click here



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