The Government's ambition to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero levels by 2050 is one of the country's biggest challenges. In November 2020 the Government released its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, with green finance and innovation at its very core. The UK is well-placed to position itself as leaders on the international green stage, with G7 and COP26 on the horizon, and it will take a national effort to achieve it.
New technologies needed to decarbonise our economies, homes and way of life are vast and all encompassing. They are also commercially viable. The CGF is at the forefront of seizing opportunities in the low carbon transition, recently announcing investments in Indra and Piclo.
Our panel event chaired by Head of Decarbonisation, James Watson, we are delighted to be joined by Beverley Gower-Jones, Managing Partner at CGF, James Bevan, Chief Investment Officer at the CCLA and Mark Taylor, Deputy Director Energy Innovation at BEIS. The focus of this session will be the role of investors on the road to net-zero and we'll look to cover topics such as exciting areas of opportunity, scalable innovation, where are the risks associated with early stage clean tech and how to mitigate the risk.
Following the panel section there will be dedicated time available for networking with like-minded individuals and our speakers.
Partner and Head of Decarbonisation, UK
Clean Growth Fund
Chief Investment Officer
Green Finance Institute
Lord Mayor of London
He specialises in the energy sector and supporting funder, investor and developer clients in developing, investing in and financing projects in the renewables (solar, onshore wind and hydro), demand-side response/Capacity Market, energy storage, waste resource management/waste to energy (including RDF/SRF supply and export, AD and biomass), combined heat and power and defence sectors. James has a keen interest in decarbonisation and helping businesses achieve their net zero goals. His areas of focus are supporting the development of sustainable infra, challenges connected to funding the transition to net zero carbon, the decarbonisation of transport and tackling the carbon challenge.
He also advises on funding options, security packages, risk management, supply chain structuring, grid connection, power offtake and supply arrangements, renewable incentives, embedded benefits, interface issues and legal documentation development and completion.
In addition, James advises on the early development and structuring, bidding, contracting, negotiating, financing, closing and post-completion and post-completion matters arising on complex infrastructure projects. He has acted for sponsors, funders, investors, sub-contractors and public authorities.
He is a member of The City of London Law Society Energy Committee and the Association for Decentralised Energy.
James joined Osborne Clarke in August 2011, having spent nine years in the projects team at Pinsent Masons in London. Prior to that he was at Clifford Chance, where he qualified.