Fuelling the transition
S2E5 | Green Steel – shaping a better future with Eva Blixt, Senior Advisor at Jernkontoret
Season 2, Ep. 5
In this episode we are joined by Eva Blixt, Senior Advisor and Research Manager at Jernkontoret, the Swedish Steel Industry Association. Jernkontoret safeguards the steel industry's interests, working for the best possible preconditions for operations in Sweden.Traditionally, the steel industry’s image has not been well perceived, being seen as old-fashioned, male-dominated, and negatively impacting the environment, which led to Jernkontoret working with stakeholders to develop their “steel shapes a better future” vision. The vision has three key undertakings to change this perception: leading technical development, nurturing creative individuals, and creating environmental benefits.Eva joins us along with John Williams, Head of Hydrogen Expertise Cluster and Bettina Wittneben, Sustainability Lead UK at AFRY Management Consulting, to discuss where the steel industry is heading through innovations such as fossil-free steel, its associated emissions, and how it has changed in recent years.
S2E4 | The Gas Crisis of 2022 – What next for European gas? with Lucy Field, Manager at AFRY Management Consulting
Season 2, Ep. 4
In this episode, Lucy Field, an expert in European and global gas markets at AFRY Management Consulting, joins us to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the European gas supply. This episode follows two recent webinars conducted in February and March covering the gas crisis and how it has developed since the invasion of Ukraine. These webinars are available here on our website: https://afry.com/en/webinars/energy-management-consulting.Will we be able to cope without Russian gas, and how feasible is the EU’s plan to reduce Russian gas imports by two-thirds by the end of the year? Lucy and Matt provide their thoughts on what will happen next.
S2E3 | Building the UK hydrogen backbone with Tony Green, Hydrogen Director at National Grid
Season 2, Ep. 3
In this episode, Tony Green, Hydrogen Director at National Grid, and John Williams, Head of Hydrogen Expertise Cluster at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to discuss the challenges in implementing hydrogen. Tony is involved in two exciting hydrogen projects: FutureGrid and Project Union. FutureGrid involves building a facility to create a representative whole-network to trial hydrogen. Project Union will develop a UK hydrogen ‘backbone’, joining together clusters around the country, potentially creating a 2000km hydrogen network. In addition to discussing these projects, this episode will explore the following issues:-) Managing the transition and challenges in repurposing natural gas pipelines to hydrogen-) The potential for blending and de-blending hydrogen-) The impact of hydrogen on National Grid’s regulatory approach-) How to take the first steps towards a hydrogen wholesale market
S2E2 | How will hydrogen impact heat and safety in the home? with Angela Needle, Director of Strategy at Cadent
Season 2, Ep. 2
In this episode, Angela Needle, Director of Strategy at Cadent, and John Williams, Head of Hydrogen Expertise Cluster at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to discuss a range of topics concerning hydrogen and the energy transition. This includes Cadent’s involvement in hydrogen through HyNet, the role of hydrogen in heat, safety and plans for the first hydrogen village. They also explore Angela’s role as co-founder of the Women’s Utilities Network, a group focussed on helping women develop their skills within the energy space.
S2E1 | The future of electrolysers and hydrogen in the UK with Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power
Season 2, Ep. 1
ITM Power is a leading electrolyser manufacturer and is a globally recognised expert in hydrogen technologies. In this episode, Graham Cooley, Chief Executive Officer at ITM Power, and John Williams, Head of Hydrogen Expertise Cluster at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to discuss ITM’s recent announcements. This includes raising £250 million to scale up its electrolyser manufacturing capacity to 5GW per annum by 2024, and forming a partnership with Linde to halve electrolyser manufacturing costs within five years. The episode also explores the UK hydrogen strategy, how blue hydrogen compares with green hydrogen, the role of electrolysers in hydrogen production, and providing flexibility to power grids.
S1E8 | Using hydrogen to achieve net-zero with Johan Leuraers, Chief Consultant - Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Equinor
Season 1, Ep. 8
In order to achieve the EU’s target of 55% carbon reduction by 2030, hydrogen will have to make a key contribution to the energy mix. With many applications in industrial heat, mobility, power and chemical refineries, hydrogen can be used to decarbonise where electrification is not possible. Equinor is a broad energy company with 21,000 employees developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy in more than 30 countries worldwide. Equinor have been at the forefront of promoting hydrogen projects in Europe and developing low-carbon hydrogen solutions. In this episode Johan Leuraers, Chief Consultant - Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Equinor, and John Williams, Head of Hydrogen Expertise Cluster at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to discuss the main barriers to the uptake of hydrogen and the next steps to kick-start the hydrogen economy.
S1E7 | Energy strategies for industrial companies with René Stadler, Group Energy Manager at Mondi
Season 1, Ep. 7
Energy is already a very significant cost for many industrial companies and energy markets are only becoming ever more complex. Therefore it is becoming increasingly important for industrial companies to develop robust energy strategies to navigate the wide variety of available options. Mondi is a global packaging and paper company which has operations in over 30 countries around the world and a high energy consumption. Mondi’s vision is to make packaging sustainable by design, so when it came to devising an energy strategy for the company, sustainability was the key priority. In this episode René Stadler, Group Energy Manager at Mondi, and Benedikt Unger, Principal at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to explain how to devise an energy strategy which maximises a company’s strengths and values.
S1E6 | What next for European energy markets? with James Cox
Season 1, Ep. 6
European energy markets are currently experiencing a level of disruption arguably unparalleled in any industry. With the growth of renewables, batteries, electrolysers and electrification, there is massive change already taking place and going out to 2030 and beyond. Investors need to make decisions with a clear knowledge of the range of uncertainty that therefore exists. James Cox leads the Market Analysis Service Line at AFRY Management Consulting and joins us in this episode to predict the future of electricity markets in Europe, even giving us a hint of where he would put his own money…!
S1E5 | Rethinking electricity markets with the Energy Systems Catapult
Season 1, Ep. 5
Decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation are driving a profound change in Great Britain’s electricity resource mix. The market needs to provide clear signals about the most efficient way to operate and develop the system, yet the shifts in the resource mix will change the dynamics of how signals are formed and may highlight weaknesses in the current market design. AFRY Management Consulting have been working with the Energy Systems Catapult on their Rethinking Electricity Markets initiative, which is developing proposals for reforming electricity markets so that they best enable innovative, efficient, whole energy system decarbonisation. In this episode George Day and Sarah Keay-Bright, from the Energy Systems Catapult, and Gareth Davies, Director at AFRY Management Consulting, join us to discuss a potential framework for electricity market design. Read the full report: https://afry.com/en/newsroom/news/rethinking-electricity-market-design-time-change-in-changing-times