Engaging politicians on our journey to net zero
12 Oct 2023 - 2 minute read
We’ve been at the Conservative and Labour party conferences engaging with government and Members of Parliament on the energy transition as we move towards a zero-carbon energy system.
At both conferences we had the opportunity to meet Members of Parliament to discuss a variety of hot industry topics, as well as outline the role of the Future System Operator (FSO). The FSO will be an independent organisation set up to co-ordinate the strategic network planning and market to provide a whole energy system view.
To find about more, listen to our Director of Transformation, Kayte O'Neill, discuss the role of the FSO and securing Britain’s energy future during Onward Energy's 'Securing Great Britain's Energy System' panel session at The Conservative Party Conference here.
Pictured left to right: Andew Bowie MP, Nuclear and Networks Minister, Kayte O’Neill, Director of Transformation ESO, Josh Buckland, Partner Flint Global, Adam Hawksbee, Deputy Director Onward, Selaine Saxby MP, Steph Spyro, Environment Editor Daily Express.
At the Labour Party Conference, our Director of Corporate Affairs, Jake Rigg, took part in The Big Economy Debate where several panellists including Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero, discussed how Britain can achieve economic growth while keeping emissions down and the role the ESO’s development of a zero-carbon energy system will play in this.
Pictured left to right: Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero, Kate Bell, Assistant General Secretary of the TUC, Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, Jake Rigg, Director of Corporate Affairs ESO, Beth Rigby, Political Editor Sky News.
As well as appearing in panel discussions, we welcomed MP’s, Ministers, and the public onto our stand to discuss the challenges we face around the energy system today, and in the future.
Claire Coutinho MP, Secretary of State, visits the ESO stand at the Conservative Party Conference.
We’ll continue to engage with government and MP’s as we to accelerate the grid connections process, plan the network of the future, and transition into the FSO.
Liz Kendall MP, former Shadow Secretary of State, visits the ESO stand at the Labour Party Conference.
Find out more about the role of the Future System Operator here.