Note: This panel debate is part of the Green Party Spring Conference, 3-4 March, and is open to the public. If you wish to attend, please arrive 30 mins before the start time and sign in at the registration desk. The venue is the Bournemouth International Centre.  


Saturday 3 March, 18.00-19.15 
Brexit and energy: which way forward?

This panel, co-hosted by the Green Party and the Green UK MEPs, will explore the future of UK energy policy in view of the huge threat posed by Brexit to the sector as a whole. With the past three years having been the hottest on record and the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°c due this year, the UK needs to urgently demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable energy future. Speakers will explore the potential impact of Brexit on energy security, unconventional oil and gas extraction as well as renewable and community energy, examining possible changes to legislation. It will also look at how leaving the EU could affect UK nuclear safety standards and future collaboration with Europe. The event will feature keynote speeches from expert panellists followed by Q&A. 

Chair - Keith Taylor MEP 

Keith Taylor is the Green Party's Member of the European Parliament for the South East region and the European Chair of the Climate Parliament. He sits on the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Keith is also the Green Party's Animals spokesperson. @GreenKeithMEP 

Setting the Context
Eamon Ryan TD began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathgar – Rathmines ward. He then went on to serve both as a TD for Dublin South and as a Government Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. In recent years, Eamon has worked for European climate organisation E3G and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs. @EamonRyan  

Brexit, Euratom and the internal energy market 
Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources at Chatham House.
Antony Froggatt joined Chatham House in 2007 and is a senior research fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department. He studied energy and environmental policy at the University of Westminster and the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, and is currently an honorary research fellow at Exeter University.

Brexit and community and renewable energy 
Jodie Giles, Community Energy Lead at Regen, an independent centre of sustainable energy expertise. 
Jodie is a senior project manager responsible for the delivery of Regen's community energy support programme. Jodie engages with communities, developers and the wider renewable energy industry to support communities in the development of sustainable energy projects. Jodie has ten years' experience working in community engagement. She joined Regen from the Eden Project where she worked on community resilience, bulk energy buying, neighbourhood planning and social inclusion projects.

  Brexit and unconventional oil and gas extraction  

Estelle Dehon, is a public law barrister with a wide-ranging practice, including environment and planning law. She acts on behalf of individuals, campaign groups, local authorities and regulators such as the Environment Agency and has dealt with matters involving renewable energy, nitrates, environmental impact assessment and access to environmental information. She has particular expertise in fracking and is currently involved in litigation challenging the grant of permission to Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire.  @estelledehon