On behalf of the Master and the Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Engineers the talk on Net-zero Challenges and Opportunities that was planned for May will now be a Zoom meeting on 6th October starting at 6:00pm. Tony Roulstone will be giving the talk and there will be a discussion with a distinguished panel which you can participate in.

  • Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman Z/Yen, Sheriff of the City of London 2019–21
  • Professor John Loughhead, CB OBE Chief Scientific Adviser, BEIS 2014-20
  • David Orr, Senior VP Nuclear, Rolls-Royce plc. 2016-20

The details are below. It requests that members book via EventBrite using the link provided and book early as there are limited spaces. 

Achieving Net-Zero – Challenge of delivering zero-carbon energy systems

Promoting Engineering in the City of London

This seminar is part of the Engineers Livery Company’s campaign to share knowledge of current engineering and technology issues with other Liverymen, City officials and financiers in the City.


To provide an informative and entertaining evening via Zoom to highlight the significant opportunities for business investment in the new markets that will arise from the economic and technical challenges presented by the UK net zero emissions law.


On 27 June 2019 the UK became the first major economy to pass net zero emissions law requiring that the UK bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The new law poses major economic, scientific and engineering challenges, and a complete transformation of the way we generate and use energy, as well as several hundred billion pounds of investment. It will require:

1.          Decarbonisation of all transport – affecting more than 20 million vehicles

2.         Decarbonisation of heating – likely requiring a refresh of all domestic and
commercial facilities and innovations in Electrical Heat Pumps or Hydrogen gas grids

3.         Decarbonising an electrical supply, double in size - requiring massive upscaling of
            wind, solar and bio-fuels, as well as novel modular nuclear reactors.

4.         Restricting carbon emission to very difficult applications such as ship and air transport, industrial processes and plastics manufacture.


Nevertheless, this step change in technology will bring about significant opportunities for investment, such as funding the roll-out of a nation-wide EV charging infrastructure, huge growth in offshore wind and nuclear power generation, as well as massive advances in energy storage and recovery, including battery, compressed air, thermal and hydrogen and ammonia energy storage.

The Speaker:

Liveryman Tony Roulstone will present some of the challenges and opportunities for Engineering and for the City of London that arise from the new UK Net Zero Carbon emissions target, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts in Zero Carbon infrastructure.

Tony is a member of the Royal Society study on Energy Storage and is a member of the Faculty of Engineering at University of Cambridge. He has spent much of his career in the nuclear and aerospace industries, including working on fast reactor and PWR systems. He was MD of Rolls-Royce Nuclear Group and provides consulting services widely in the engineering, technology sectors having completed policy studies on the  economics of small modular reactors (SMRs), small business enterprise and defence procurement.

He will be joined by a panel of distinguished experts:

  • Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman Z/Yen, Sheriff of the City of London 2019–21
  • Prof John Neil Loughhead, CB OBE Chief Scientific Adviser, BEIS 2014-20
  • David Orr, Senior VP Nuclear, Rolls-Royce plc. 2016-20


18.00           Assemble

18:15            Introduction from Master Engineer

18:30           Achieving Net-zero: Engineering and the City   

19:10            Panel Discussion

19:40           Summing Up: Master Engineer

20:00          Close

Who should attend?

The event is for the benefit of our members and others in the City Livery Companies with an interest in energy generation, how ‘net-zero’ can be delivered and the related investment opportunities, so please consider inviting friends and non-member guests.

Administration: Please do NOT contact the Engineers Office about this event.

The event will be held by Zoom and there is no charge but tickets are limited. All bookings should be made through Eventbrite by 6 October 2020 at the following address:


The Zoom meeting details will be send to you by the event co-ordinator by email 24 hours before the event..

Any enquiries should be sent to the Event Co-Ordinator, Tony Roulstone tony.roulstone@gmail.com  

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