Oil and Gas in Transition: Delivering Just Transition to Net Zero in the North East

This is a past event

This is a hybrid on-campus/online event. The in-person event is invite-only due to capacity limitations, however, people can register to view the event live online by registering below.

Oil and Gas in Transition Theme

Launched in May 2021, the University of Aberdeen Centre for Energy Transition is a dynamic interdisciplinary research centre bringing together experts working on delivering low-carbon transition in the energy sector. One of the main themes in the Centre’s research is ‘Oil and Gas in Transition’. The Oil and Gas in Transition theme is tackling the challenge of responsible and just transition in the context of low-carbon exploration and production, energy security, evaluating industry performance against net-zero targets in the UK, especially in Scotland. University champions for the theme are Prof Adrian Hartley (Geology), Dr Daria Shapovalova (Law), and Dr Nikolaos Vlassis (Economics).


This workshop is aiming to showcase the University’s work on reducing emissions from exploration and production activities, assisting with social changes of just transition, and exploring opportunities to push forward new technologies. Supported by the University’s Centre for Energy Law and the Just Transitions Lab, this event seeks to bring together stakeholders from academia, industry, policy, and third sector for an open dialogue on delivering a just transition to net-zero in the North East. The workshop further seeks to promote the implementation of the Aberdeen 2040 strategy through the facilitation of an inclusive dialogue to identify and discuss interdisciplinary challenges of the Net Zero transition.


9:20 Welcome word – Daria Shapovalova (Oil and Gas in Transition Theme Champion)

9:30-10:00 – Keynote – Gillian Martin MSP

10:00 – 10:30 – Keynote – John Underhill (CET Director)

10:30-12:00 Panel 1: Technological Solutions to Decarbonising E&P and Decommissioning

Chair: Tavis Potts (University of Aberdeen, Geosciences) 

  • Matthew Brettle (University of Aberdeen)
  • Bethan Vasey (Shell)
  • Rebecca Allison (Net Zero Technology Centre)
  • Richard Neilson (NDC)
  • John Paterson (University of Aberdeen, Law)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Panel 2: Just Transition in the North-East: Communities and Workforce

Chair: John Paterson (University of Aberdeen, Law) 

  • Barney Crockett (Lord Provost)
  • Tavis Potts and John Bone (University of Aberdeen, Just Transitions Lab)
  • Keith Bender (University of Aberdeen, Business)
  • Ryan Morrison and Scott Herrett (Friends of the Earth Scotland)
  • Jake Molloy (RMT, Just Transition Commission)
  • Jenny Macdonald (Skills Development Scotland)

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-17:00 Panel 3: Oil & Gas and Net Zero                              

Chair: Daria Shapovalova (University of Aberdeen, Law) 

  • Jo Bagguley (Oil and Gas Authority)
  • Mark Lappin (Deltic Energy)
  • Luca Corradi (Net Zero Technology Centre)
  • Rachel Brackenridge (University of Aberdeen, Geosciences)
  • Alex Kemp (University of Aberdeen, Economics)
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