The Energy Futures Lab Lecture Series: Laura Sandys CBE

How to Modernise and Optimise the Decarbonised Energy System through Digitalisation

The energy system is currently going through a fundamental transformation, similar and even more dramatic than how the data system changed from the mainframe system to the world of PC. In this lecture on how digitalisation can optimise and modernise the decarbonised Energy System, Laura Sandys will discuss this transformation, how the new system will be dependant on a significant amount of demand side actions and actors and that only through deep digitalisation will the system stay resilient, effective and fair.

Laura will also touch on how the fall of the current analogue system would offer massive opportunities for the future of green tech as well as new entrants who would get the chance to change the system dramatically.

This lecture will run from 18:00 – 19:00 with a Q&A session at the end chaired by Dr Aidan Rhodes, Energy Futures Lab’s Research Theme Lead for Policy and Innovation. The lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

This event will be livestreamed and recorded.


Laura Sandys CBE chaired the Government’s Energy Digitalisation Taskforce driving change in energy and is chair of the British Standards Institute Advisory board on Net Zero. She is also an Independent Director at SGN Network chairing the ESG Committee and on the board of the Energy Systems Catapult, Ohme Global and Highview Power. She was Chair of the Northern Ireland Expert Panel on Energy Transition and was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Government’s Cost of Energy Review, and is on the Ministerial Council for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage.

She is founder of the Food Foundation, co-founder of POWERful Women and former Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.

She was previously a Member of Parliament for South Thanet, and described by The Times as ‘one of the sanest of all MPs’ and as ‘lateral-minded, original and free-thinking’.

About Energy Futures Lab

Energy Futures Lab is one of seven Global Institutes at Imperial College London. The institute was established to address global energy challenges by identifying and leading new opportunities to serve industry, government and society at large through high quality research, evidence and advocacy for positive change. The institute aims to promote energy innovation and advance systemic solutions for a sustainable energy future by bringing together the science, engineering and policy expertise at Imperial and fostering collaboration with a wide variety of external partners.

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