Driving the decarbonisation of heat and buildings keynote, Thursday 14 October

Prof Loveland will be sharing an analysis of how we should be planning, collaborating and innovating to enable the decarbonisation of heat across the whole energy system at the the Energy Networks Innovation Conference and networking event.

Speaker profile

Prof Ron Loveland is a very experienced technologist and member of the senior civil service, having worked extensively at the industry/government interface on technology, innovation, enterprise and energy matters over the last 30 years. Following holding the post of Director: Sustainable Energy and Industry in the previous Welsh Assembly Government, he was appointed nine years ago as the Energy Advisor to the Welsh Government with a mix of path-finding, advisory and ambassadorial roles (local and international) associated with helping to deliver the ambitious low carbon energy-related objectives for Wales on a joined-up government basis.

Prior to holding these positions, Ron was the Chief Technology Officer responsible for advising the Welsh Assembly Government on energy, steel, telecommunications and more general sustainable business-development policies. Following an earlier a mix of academic/industrial research activities (including seminal work on a-Si photoconductivity); health and safety research and regulation and Whitehall-based micro and opto-electronic industry sponsorship roles. Ron came to Wales in 1986 as head of the innovation and technology operation within the then Welsh Development Agency.

Ron is an honorary professor at the College of Engineering, Swansea University. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Physics and an ex-chartered member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He participates in the work of many UK and Wales energy and innovation committees including membership of the UK Government’s energy innovation board; the UK’s joint Government/Industry energy research partnership; various smart and secure energy systems BEIS, UK electricity network association (ENA) and Ofgem led advisory committees and sits on the boards of the major SPECIFIC, Swansea University ‘buildings as power stations’ and Flexis, Cardiff/S. Wales/Swansea University decarbonisation initiatives. Ron now also chairs the project review committee for the whole energy systems National Grid/Arup led Zero2050 South Wales project.

Ron is also privileged to have an international dimension to his work, visiting China, Japan, USA, Australia, Middle-east and Europe (most recently the Netherlands to exchange views on net zero with the Dutch Government). This has grown in importance in the light of the vital and growing relevance of international developments to an achievable Net Zero global energy future. In order to facilitate this, Ron now also operates for part of the year from Australia and has held visiting scientist post at the major world-class CSIRO solar-energy R&D centre in Newcastle and works closely with the Energy Policy Institute of Australia (EPIA).

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