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Driven by our commitment to achieving net zero and the need for a more sustainable future, the world’s energy systems are undergoing a rapid transformation.

Our Transition Talks podcast series covers a wide range of topics; from regulation and policy development to key technology that can enable decarbonisation and help drive net zero. Join our host, Head of External Relations Stephen Sheal, who will be joined by leading industry experts.

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21. The Southern North Sea Oil & Gas Asset Electrification Study

Graeme Rogerson, Senior Project Manager, Net Zero Technology Centre; Kenny Cunningham, Senior Project Engineer, Sealand Projects; Mungo McLeish, Director of Global Operations and Electrification, Neptune Energy

Electrification of oil and gas platforms is a complex challenge for the industry and one which will take collaboration and integration to realise the opportunity. Graeme Rogerson from NZTC, Kenneth Cunningham from Sealand Projects and Mungo McLeish from Neptune Energy sat down to discuss the four potential pathways to electrification from offshore wind identified within the ‘Southern North Sea - Oil & Gas Asset Electrification Study’ and the technological and commercial challenges facing industry to make electrification a viable alternative to traditional offshore power generation. 

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20. Transforming polluter cities to become carbon neutral

Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Engagement, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Although cities account for less than 2% of the Earth’s surface, they are responsible for generating over 60% of global greenhouse emissions. Being the leading contributor to climate change, urban areas need to undergo transformative changes in energy systems, transportation, waste management, and building and construction practices to meet ambitious net zero targets.

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) was created to facilitate the collaboration between the world’s leading cities and accelerate climate action efforts. In this episode, we talk to Michael Shank, Ph.D., Director of Engagement for the CNCA, looking at ways of engaging the communities in adopting local climate initiatives. We explore actions cities can take to mitigate emissions and discuss the importance of international collaboration and knowledge exchange in achieving global goals.

19. System thinking: future proofing our energy system.

Myrtle Dawes, Solution Centre Director at Net Zero Technology Centre

The energy system is dynamic and complex, with a broad range of interconnected components working together. To manage it in a sustainable manner, it is crucial to consider the underlying dynamics of interacting elements. Applying systems thinking is essential to effectively addressing the multi-faceted challenge of the energy transition.

In this episode, NZTC Solution Centre Director Myrtle Dawes explains why a holistic approach considering social, economic and environmental factors is needed to make the shift towards renewables happen. Collective individual efforts have a wider societal influence and lead to systemic change.

18. Building thriving cities conducive to a sustainable future

Tim Stonor, Managing Director at Space Syntax

Urban space has an immense effect on human behavioural patterns. Well-designed cities tend to generate social, economic and environmental value; they connect people, businesses and culture and foster innovation. While failed cities isolate residents and incite carbon-intensive lifestyles.
In this episode, we are joined by Tim Stonor, an internationally recognised architect, urban planner, and Managing Director of Space Syntax, to explore the role of urban planning and design in creating people-friendly and low carbon cities.

17. The future of the energy workforce in the net zero economy

Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University's Energy Transition Institute

Robert Gordon University’s 'Making the Switch' report explores different investment scenarios and potential employment brought about by the energy transition. The report indicated that a £17 billion investment in renewables activities could result in the creation of 9,000 additional jobs in the North East of Scotland by 2030. However, if we fail to act with urgency and secure the investment, we might see the energy workforce numbers decrease by up to 40%.

In this episode, we are joined by Paul de Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University’s Energy Transition Institute to discuss the future of the energy workforce in the North East Scotland.

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16. The rise of hydrogen: Scotland’s opportunity to lead the way

Martyn Tulloch, Head of Energy System Integration at Net Zero Technology Centre

The Scottish Hydrogen Assessment Report presented three scenarios for hydrogen production in 2045. In the most ambitious assumption, Scotland could become a global exporter of green hydrogen delivering 300,000 jobs and £25bn a year to the Scottish economy by 2045.

Martyn Tulloch, Head of Energy System Integration at NZTC, sat down with Stephen Sheal to discuss Scotland’s potential role in the hydrogen market. Taking a closer look at where hydrogen will be most effective in decarbonising energy, the duo explores prospects and challenges of the hydrogen economy.  

15. Data and digital – key enablers for a more sustainable future

Stephen Ashley, Head of Offshore Energy 4.0 at Net Zero Technology Centre

By 2050 digital technologies will have the potential to reduce global emissions from the highest emitting industries by 20%. Therefore the incorporation of advanced digital solutions in the energy sector will be essential to achieving net zero targets.

Stephen Ashley, Head of Offshore Energy 4.0 at Net Zero Technology Centre takes a deep dive into the role of digital technologies in the energy transition, discussing the deployment of advanced digital solutions, emerging opportunities for digital developers and the challenge of sharing data within the energy sector.

14. Is offshore floating wind powered hydrogen our energy future?

Jamie McCallum, Project Engineer at Net Zero Technology Centre

Jamie McCallum, Project Engineer at Net Zero Technology Centre, joins Stephen Sheal to talk about the NZTC’s recent study that looked at the cost reductions required to make floating offshore wind powered green hydrogen projects viable and the emerging supply chain opportunities that come with hydrogen production at scale.

13. Looking to the future: Powering offshore platforms with floating wind turbines

Graeme Rogerson, Senior Project Manager at Net Zero Technology Centre

Graeme Rogerson, Senior Project Manager at NZTC joins our host Stephen Sheal to explore the use of clean energy to power offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The duo takes a closer look at the development of floating offshore wind technology, the opportunities it presents for the UK supply chain, and the challenges that lie ahead of the offshore wind industry.

Graeme will also explain how the Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) leasing process will work and what it can achieve.

12. Energy Systems Integration

Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult

Show hosts Stephen Sheal and Luca Corradi are joined by Richard Halsey, Capabilities Director, Energy Systems Catapult to explore the role of hydrogen from heating our homes to powering industry clusters and the reality of what a net zero energy system needs to be.