How Businesses Help to Meet the 2050 Decarbonisation Target

24 June 2021


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Part of the GREAT For A Sustainable Future Series

Supported by the Environment & Energy Committee



David Boyland, Energy Leader for Asia Pacific, Mott MacDonald

Dr Michaela Kendall, CEO & co-founder, Adelan (Birmingham, UK)

Peter Thompson, East Asia Energy Business Leader & Infrastructure Director, Arup

Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings





The Energy Transition: How Businesses Help to Meet the 2050 Decarbonisation Target? 

To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the global transition to clean power needs to progress four to six times faster than at present. At COP26, the UK will convene leaders from governments to the private sector to deliver a just energy transition. 

The cost of renewable power is falling rapidly. Since 2010, the cost of solar power has fallen by 85%, and that of wind power by 49%. Solar and wind are now cheaper than new coal and gas power plants in two thirds of the countries of the world. The costs of batteries and other flexibility technologies are also falling rapidly, meaning that renewables are ever easier to integrate into grids. 

Advancing offshore wind and driving the growth of low carbon hydrogen are both parts of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Business is already seizing the opportunities this provides. Working alongside partners in industry, the UK aims to develop 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 that could see the UK benefit from around 8,000 jobs across our industrial heartlands and beyond. 

At this event, industry leaders will discuss the business opportunities in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. How can governments and businesses work together to create jobs, prosperity and clean power for the future? 


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About the speakers

David Boyland is the Energy Leader for Asia Pacific at Mott MacDonald, where he draws upon 20+ years’ of consultancy experience across the power generation and energy spectrum. 

He joined Mott MacDonald in the UK in 1998 and has had a long-standing international project and senior management career spanning multiple continents around the world.  He has been one of the key architects responsible for establishing and growing Mott MacDonald’s global renewable energy business.  He has also been involved at the forefront of energy transition across East Asia including contributions to some of the regions first and largest solar, onshore and offshore wind, hydropower and energy storage system projects. 

Through his work and leadership role, David is committed to influencing and contributing to both projects and a vision that help shape the low carbon future and deliver greater social outcomes.”

Dr Michaela Kendall is CEO and co-founder of fuel cell pioneers Adelan (Birmingham, UK). One of the world’s first fuel cell businesses, Adelan commercialises a clean energy technology she co-invented in the early 1990s. 

 Over a 30-year career, she has secured significant international funding, working with powerful strategic policy and technical networks vital to low carbon business, including the US EPA, the UN, the EU and national governments.  

Managing industrial R&D programmes funded by the US, EU and Chinese governments, Dr Kendall plays a key role in building the UK’s national fuel cell strategy, is the Hydrogen Champion for the UK.

As a leading environmental scientist with faculty positions in America, Asia and Europe, Dr Kendall also holds academic posts (including three Visiting Professorships) at UK universities.  

Addressing the emissions, security and cost of energy throughout her career, her personal goal is to foster the widest possible international cooperation to realise the ambitions of global hydrogen and fuel cell networks to achieve net zero. 


Peter Thompson is the East Asia Energy Business Leader and Infrastructure Director for Arup, based in Hong Kong.   He has over 34 years of experience in the management, design and implementation of major energy infrastructure projects across a number of Asian countries to facilitate the transition toward cleaner forms of energy generation and reductions in demand through the implementation of energy efficient solutions. This work follows the governing strategy within Arup to build a sustainable future through the implementation of carbon reduction technologies and practices by working alongside investors, developers and lenders to provide both technical and commercial advisory services for energy assets across Asia.


Richard Lancaster is Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, the parent company of the CLP Group which is one of the largest investor operators in the electricity industry throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to assuming his current role in September 2013, he was Managing Director of CLP’s operations in Hong Kong, responsible for its electricity generation, transmission and distribution business serving 2.5 million customers in Hong Kong.

Besides serving in various subsidiary companies of the CLP Group as Director, Richard is the Chairman of Business Environment Council and a founding member of the Advisory Council of The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association and a council member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a member of its Climate and Energy Cluster Board. He is also chairman of the Hong Kong Membership Committee of the UN-accredited World Energy Council.


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