8:30am 8:30am

Green Conservatism Conference

Bright Blue’s Green Conservatism Conference is an opportunity for centre-right politicians and thought leaders, as well as experts and industry practitioners, to discuss conservative approaches to the great environmental challenges we face in the UK and internationally. To confirm your attendance, please click here for the Eventbrite page. 

The conference will be held on Wednesday 1st November 2017 at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH. There will be keynote speeches by Claire Perry MP (UK Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry) and Lord Deben (Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change). Four panel sessions will explore: agriculture and CAP reform; strengthening the role of markets in energy; the future of conservation; and energy security in the UK and Europe.


08:30 Registration

09:00 Introduction from Ben Caldecott (Associate Fellow, Bright Blue)

09:10 A keynote speech from Claire Perry MP (UK Minister for Climate Change and Industry)

09:45 Panel I: Agriculture and CAP reform

11:15 Refreshments break

11:45 Panel II: The future of conservation

13:15 Networking lunch

14:15 Panel III: Strengthening the role of markets in energy

15:45 Refreshments break

16:15 Panel IV: Energy security in the UK and Europe

17:15 A keynote speech from Lord Deben (Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change)

17:30 Closing remarks

17:35 Drinks reception


Guests will include MPs, councillors, activists, journalists, business and third sector representatives, and campaigners. Chairs and panellists are to be confirmed shortly. To become a member of Bright Blue, click here.


Partnership opportunities: Partnership and sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. Should you be interested in learning more, please contact our Senior Researcher Sam Hall at

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5:45pm 5:45pm

The role of nuclear in Britain's economy and energy mix

The speakers are:

  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Minister for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy)
  • Stephen Tindale (Director, The Alvin Weinberg Foundation)
  • Laura Sandys (CEO, Challenging Ideas)
  • Lord John Hutton (Chair, Nuclear Industry Association)
  • James Heappey MP (Energy and Climate Change Committee)
  • Ryan Shorthouse (Chief Executive, Bright Blue) (Chair)

The key questions explored at the fringe event are:

  • What should the role of nuclear be in Britain’s future energy mix?
  • How can nuclear be better supported after the current generating fleet of power stations goes offline in the 2020s? 
  • Is nuclear vital to the UK meetings its emissions targets to mitigate climate change?
  • What impact will the nuclear industry have on the UK’s economy, including on the 'Northern Powerhouse'?
  • What opportunities are there for job creation with the decommissioning and new build of nuclear until 2030?
  • Is the UK’s supply chain capable of supporting the requirements for the growing nuclear industry, or is foreign investment required?

The event will take place in the Lismore room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Birmingham.

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1:30pm 1:30pm

Report launch: 'Security of supply after coal'

In November 2015, the Government announced that it would phase out coal from the UK energy mix by the mid-2020s and that new gas-fired power stations would replace the retiring coal plant. Bright Blue's new report examines whether the UK will be able to successfully phase out coal in this time frame and how much additional new gas-generating capacity will be required to guarantee security of supply. It also makes a number of policy recommendations about how the Government can minimise the stress on the energy system during the transition.

Speakers include:

The Rt Hon Lord Gregory Barker of Battle, Former Energy and Climate Change Minister
Ben Caldecott, Associate Fellow, Bright Blue
Ben Irons, Director, Aurora Energy Research
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

The event will take place in Committee Room 10 in the House of Commons.

To confirm attendance, please register here.

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