9 November 2022 - Paris Alignment Forum online morning coffee with Octopus

European energy transition – portfolio darling or portfolio daring?

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During the session, Alex Brierley, Co-Head of Octopus Energy Generation provided an update on what’s been going on in European energy markets and how Octopus is approaching the energy transition.

This was followed by a review of 2022 so far; with the backdrop of COVID recovery, inflation, war and an energy crisis, how has renewable energy performed and has it been in line with expectations?

Looking into the future, utility scale wind and solar assets will form the backbone of global energy markets – where next in the race for net zero?

The presentation was followed by a roundtable discussion with Q&A and shared insights, moderated by Karen Shackleton of Pensions for Purpose.   

Who was this event for?

This event was opened to asset owners such as pension fund trustees, in-house executives and independent advisers, professional trustees, government representatives and consultants



Speaker biography

Alex Brierley, Co-Head of Octopus Energy Generation

Alex BrierleyAlex joined Octopus in 2015 as the Co-Head of Octopus Energy Generation to help develop their energy strategy, originate and structure investments in new areas and to widen its investor relationships. Alex manages Octopus Energy Generation’s private institutional funds which serve a number of large pension and insurance company investors. 

Prior to joining Octopus, Alex was Director in the Energy and Environmental Infrastructure team at EY LLP where he provided a wide range of corporate and project finance services to leading players in the renewable energy industry.  Alex is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, qualifying in 2003.

Paris Alignment Forum

Paris Alignment Forum was established by Pensions for Purpose to help pension funds and other asset owners on their journey towards alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement. We do this by sharing climate-related thought leadership written by our Influencer members (asset managers, consultants and lawyers), by running free training workshops for trustees and by engaging in industry-wide conversation through our quarterly all-stakeholder and asset-owner events. To join the Paris Alignment Forum member please email Karen Shackleton.

Pensions for Purpose

Pensions for Purpose exists as a bridge between asset managers, pension funds and their professional advisers, to encourage the flow of capital towards impact investment. Our aim is to empower pension funds to seek positive impact opportunities and mitigate negative impact risks.

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