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Uni of Nottm: Brexit and energy (EU sustainable energy week)

20 June, 2017, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

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The extent to which Brexit will affect the UK’s energy policy will very much depend on the outcome of negotiations.  In this GeoEnergy Research Centre lecture, Dr Derek Taylor (former European Commission energy advisor) will explore potential outcomes.

Brexit will have an impact on many – or even most – aspects of our society.  Energy will not escape.  The extent to which it affects the UK’s energy policy will, of course, depend on the EU exit negotiations’ outcomes.  In brief, the closer the ties we keep with the rest of the EU – and the wider European Economic Area (EEA) – the smaller the impact will be on security of supply, the environment and prices. However, the closer the ties, the greater the role of European legislation and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in any agreement.  As a result, this may prove unpalatable to the UK Government.

While the UK’s energy demand has decreased in recent years and its production of renewables has increased significantly, its energy imports are now at a level never seen since the early 1970s.  The main reason for this is the decline of crude oil production in the North Sea.  However, it may not be the future oil imports causing problems in a post-Brexit era but more the gas and electricity imports.  There are also large question marks over possible changes to climate policy, together with other, often related, environmental legislation and nuclear regulation.  Finally, Ireland’s very close ties with the UK in the energy sector is another complex facet of this whole issue.

Derek Taylor holds a BSc in Geology and a PhD in Geology/Geochemistry from the University of Nottingham.  He started his career at BP before joining the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in 1977.  From 1984 until June 2009, he was with the European Commission, where for many years he was the head of unit for nuclear energy policy, nuclear safety, radioactive waste management and decommissioning of nuclear installations.  From 2004 until his retirement from the Commission, he was Energy Adviser and focused on the security of energy supply and energy markets and on the environmental impacts of energy and energy policy, in particular relating to carbon emissions and climate change.

On his retirement, in 2009, he set up his own company (DMT Energy Consulting).  He is a Member of the Board of an environmental NGO (Bellona Europa), Senior Energy Policy Adviser to Burson-Marsteller, an expert consultant to the World Bank and an external expert for the Dutch energy research institute TNO. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Geo-Energy Research Centre (GERC), a joint University of Nottingham-British Geological Survey activity.

Further information and registration

Indeed, this energy lecture is part of a series of events taking place to celebrate EU Sustainable Energy Week: #UoNEnergyWeek.  Since this is a free event, demand for places is expected to be high.  So don’t delay, register today.

In addition, this event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.  This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, but is delivered completely free of charge.  Furthermore, to receive more information about the programme, please either contact the University of Nottingham or view the full programme.

This event takes place in room C17 of the Pope building: number 27 on the University Park map; find directions and Sat Nav postcode.

Other events

During the week, there will be a number of other events supporting EU Sustainable Energy Week, including:


20 June, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm


University of Nottingham


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