Co-hosted by ClimateXChange and the UK Energy Research Centre, this event featured a presentation by Professor Jim Skea CBE, titled ‘Innovation in the energy sector: paradigm busting or paradigm reinforcing?’

Professor Skea presented research currently being undertaken by the RCUK Energy Strategy Fellowship to assess the effectiveness of systems of energy innovation. The question at the centre of this research is whether technological change is enabling or frustrating carbon reduction goals.

This presentation provided an articulate explanation of international energy development drawing on empirical evidence relating to the public sector R&D portfolio, private sector activity and evolving institutional arrangements in a number of countries. It also highlighted the changing shape of energy R&D portfolios and the balance between public and private sector activities.

The slides presented at this event are available for download on this page.


Jim Skea is the UK Research Councils Energy Strategy Fellow and a Professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College. He was founding Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He has operated at the interface between research, policy making and business throughout his career. He is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and a Vice Chair of IPCC Working Group III. He was awarded a CBE for services to sustainable energy in 2013 and an OBE for services to sustainable transport in 2004.