Since its foundation 2006 Energy Futures Lab has hosted an annual lecture on relevant, timely energy topics from world leading figures from the world of academia, industry and politics.


Changing Energy, November 2006

Paul Goldby Dr Paul Golby presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2006, Changing Energy. The event was preceded by a showcase of the energy research undertaken at Imperial College london.


Securing Our Energy Future, November 2007

Sir Roy Gardner Sir Roy Gardner presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2007, Securing Our Energy Future. Sir Roy talked about the challenges of ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy adequate supplies of affordable energy. He covered the need for international co-operation and, in that context, argued that a single, liberalised European energy market is essential. He also highlighted his concerns about the skills gap within the energy industries and will explain why he believes that talented young people should see energy as an exciting career choice.


Sustainable, Secure, Affordable Energy, December 2008

Ed Miliband Ed Miliband MP presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2008, Sustainable, Secure, Affordable Energy. This was Mr Miliband's first major speech on energy as Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. You can read more about the event and a transcript of the speech here.


The road map to 2050, December 2009

Steve Holliday Steve Holliday presented the annual Energy Futures Lab lecture 2009, The road map to 2050. The talk looked at how world of 2050 will be vastly different from the one we know today. It covered the need for dramatic change to create a world in which energy efficiency and affordability go hand in hand with sustainability and security of supply.

There is an audio recording of the event which you can listen to online.


Global trends in clean energy investment, March 2011

Michael Liebreich Michael Liebreich presented Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2011, Global trends in clean energy investment. The talk provided an in-depth look at the flow of money into the energy sector: where it is coming from, where it is going, and what is driving it – as well as looking at some of the macro- and microeconomic trends that hold the key to the future of the world’s energy system.


More sustainable power generation technologies, March 2012

Charles Soothill Charles Soothill presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2012, More sustainable power generation technologies. The talk addressed some of the scenarios we can forecast and tried to measure the outcomes and the necessary research and development from the standpoint of Alstom, a major supplier of power generation equipment world wide in fossil, nuclear and renewable.

An audio recording of the event can be found online as well as the slides from the talk [PDF].


Exploring Alternative Futures - Shell Scenarios, March 2013

Ed Daniels Ed Daniels presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2013, Exploring Alternative Futures - Shell Scenarios.  The talk discusses Shell's forecasts for energy supply up to 2100 and introduced the newly-published scenarios and some of the plausible, alternative views of the future that consider long-term trends in economics and energy supply.


The future of energy in passenger vehicles, June 2014

Wolfgang Epple Dr Wolfgang Epple presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2014, The future of energy in passenger vehicles. The talk discussed the various merits and challenges of these pathways for global CO2 reduction from passenger car use, and presented various solutions and discuss some of the major business and commercial considerations.

There is a video recording of the event available online.


Practical Paths to Paris: Unleashing the Green Economy, January 2015

Sir David King Sir David King presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2015, Practical Paths to Paris: Unleashing the Green Economy. The talk focussed on the need for surge in research activity switch the global economy away from its present reliance on fossil fuels.

There is a video recording of the lecture available online.


Global energy policy challenges, innovation and the catapult, March 2016

Nick WinserNick Winser presented the Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture 2016, Global energy policy challenges, innovation and the catapult. He discussed global energy policy challenges, innovation and the role the Catapult can play.

There is a video recording of the lecture available online.