This Conference took place on Tuesday 29 October at One Great George Street, from 8.30 to 1.45 pm and tackled the following themes:

1. Will the UK Energy Policy enable the UK to meet its energy challenges?
Replacement of UK energy infrastructures, security of supply, financing/investment.

2. How to develop Franco-British partnerships to deliver the investments required? 
 Manufacturing/Supply chain and Skills/ Education.

•    Show what French companies in the Energy sector already do in the UK (number of jobs created, involvement in education/skills, etc.)
•    Give a positive message for both the UK and France (French companies will keep on investing, developing the local supply chain, improving technology and sharing best practice).

In the context of the reforms of the UK Energy Policy and with French companies being key players and world leaders in the Energy sector, the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain organised, in partnership with the French Embassy in the UK, a conference on Energy where the challenges and business opportunities the UK Energy policy represents were discussed.

In the Annual Energy Statement presented to Parliament by the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change in November 2012, the Energy Policy was set out, guided by the following objectives:
Energy security: to ensure that UK businesses and consumers have secure supplies of energy, for light and power, heat and transport;
Climate change: to lead the UK Government’s efforts to prevent dangerous climate change, both through international action and through cutting our own greenhouse gas emissions. The UK Government has legally binding targets to cut UK emissions by at least 80% by 2050, and to source 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020;
Affordability: deliver secure, low-carbon energy at least cost to consumers, taxpayers and the economy as a whole;
Support growth: deliver policies in a way that maximises the benefits to the economy in terms of jobs, growth and investment, including by making the most of its existing oil and gas reserves and seizing the opportunities presented by the rise of the global green economy;
Fairness: ensure that the costs and benefits of policies are distributed fairly, so that we protect the most vulnerable and fuel poor households and address any competitiveness problems faced by energy intensive industries;
Legacy: manage the UK’s energy legacy safely, securely and cost effectively.

The pictures of the conference are available on our website and Facebook page.