30 April – 1 May 2024

The North Sea Decarbonisation Conference

Cavendish Conference Centre, London




Let’s get ready to rumble!

Are we on track to meet 2050 targets? We kick start our two day conference with an overview on each of the energy sectors and markets that will be discussed over the course of the conference.



Unlocking the North Sea as a Green Powerplant

The North Sea as a ‘Green Power Plant of Europe’ is a concept that revolves around harnessing its renewable energy potential to serve as a significant hub for green energy production. This will involve offshore wind production on a massive scale as well as electricity and green hydrogen interconnectors. Collaboration between organisations is critical to success in creating an integrated energy system, and as the North Sea is recognised as a significant hub for energy production and consumption, it becomes a vital element for countries surrounding it. During this session we will looking at how collaboration across borders could create an integrated renewable energy system for the North Sea.



Hype or Hope?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element on the planet, so you could assume that it would be the obvious choice in energy source to meet our decarbonisation goals. However, as we know things are rarely as simple as they sound, and hydrogen creates an abundance of engineering difficulties. Whilst it has the potential to be a key pillar of the energy transition, some have expressed their doubts. From decarbonising industry, heating our homes to powering transportation, hydrogen supposedly does it all. But can it deliver on the hype?


CCUS - Time vs Temperature

An insight into the challenges and opportunities facing industry in a race to meet North Sea decarbonisation targets

The incentive to innovate into industrial scale carbon capture projects is apparent, but with the urgent need for climate change, can Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) deliver on the global stage? The adoption of CCUS is rapidly being recognised as one of the critical levers in meeting net zero goals. During this session we will identify and discuss the major challenges and opportunities for both the regulator and operators, including delivering CCUS and meeting set decarbonisation targets in the North Sea.



Sustainably Green out of the Blue

The North Sea is ranked as the 13th largest sea globally and presents an unparalleled opportunity for generating clean energy and helping to achieve net zero targets. The UK already has 10 MW of tidal stream generation installed, with more wave and tidal tests underway than anywhere else in the world. Ocean Energy Europe stated in their 2030 Ocean Energy Vision report, that 2.9GW of clean energy can be deployed globally by 2030, with 92% of this being in European waters. Join us for this session to discover the advancements and cutting-edge technologies emerging, helping to propel this sector forward.



May the ‘Innovation’ Force be with you

Cutting edge technology is helping to reshape our energy system for a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. Innovation however never stands still, particularly with the challenge of introducing clean technologies into sectors such as heavy industry and long-distance transport where emission reductions are more complex. Revolutionary technologies like Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology, electrolysers, and digital innovations are actively contributing to the energy transition. In this session we will discuss these groundbreaking advancements which signify a significant step forward in our journey towards a more sustainable and efficient energy future.



It’s a New Dawn, it’s a New Day.

We are all aware that renewable energies like wind and wave energy are playing a crucial role in achieving the UK's net zero goal, but what about the lesser sung heroes in our energy mix?

For the North Sea to truly decarbonise, and gain energy security for the future, we need to have a range of energy sources in place. In this session we will look at some of the alternatives to the usual renewable suspects.



Together in Electric(fication) Dreams

Although declining, oil and gas are still very much part of our energy mix as we continue to rely on their production to meet rising energy demands. It is therefore essential that this energy is produced with as low a carbon footprint as possible. Offshore oil and gas production sites in the North Sea are not linked to onshore electrical grids, they depend on localised power generation usually employing onboard gas turbines or diesel generators to meet energy needs during production. Transitioning this to renewable energy sources would have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This session will address why offshore electrification may be the key to unlocking the North Sea’s energy transition.



Wind Today, Green Tomorrow.

Offshore Wind is one of the key building blocks for green transition and key in our journey to tackling climate change. In both the UK and Europe, the offshore wind project pipeline continues to increase providing important economic and environmental opportunities. In the session we will discuss offshore wind in more detail, look at some of the latest developments, and discuss the challenges that lie ahead as well as the vast opportunities available in this sector.



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