RE-Source UK Virtual Series – Food and Drink Sector

Solar Trade Association event

September 28th - 13:00-14:30

  • Organiser: Solar Trade Association & Renewable UK
  • Venue: Online
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With renewables increasingly costing less than fossil fuels, many market-leading food and drink businesses are entering into major agreements to secure clean energy over the long-term.

This event gives senior decision makers the latest insight into the opportunities provided by clean energy sourcing, with a case study on Nestle showing how major businesses are breaking new ground.

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13:00-13:05 WELCOME

Chaired by: Chris Hewett, CEO, Solar Trade Association



  • Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
  • Helen Dewhurst, Corporate Sustainability Associate, BloombergNEF
  • Tobias Beyer, PPAs & Structured Origination, RWE
  • Zosia Reisner, Director of Power Markets, Lightsource BP
  • Sven Kossack, Head of PPAs & Structured Origination EU, RWE Renewables
  • Taylor McKenzie, Origination & Offtake Manager, ScottishPower


  • Alana Kühne, Head of Continental Europe PPAs & Merchant Products, Ørsted
  • Juan Pablo Cerda, Founder & CEO, Zeigo

14:15-14:30 ROUND TABLE AND Q&A

14:30 CLOSE


Solar Trade Association/ RenewableUK/ Other Members – £50 + VAT

Non-members  –     £85 + VAT

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Speaker Bio’s

Chair: Chris Hewett, CEO, Solar Trade Association 

Chris has 25 years’ experience in advocacy, policy research, thought leadership and campaigning on a wide variety of sustainability, energy and environmental issues. He was Head of Climate Change for the Environment Agency, providing advice to Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has worked for a number of leading NGOs & government agencies, including successful advocacy for the Green Investment Bank at Green Alliance, global aviation research for the Committee on Climate Change, and more recently leading policy and advocacy for the Finance Innovation Lab.

Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI 

As Chief UK policy director Matthew is responsible for developing and shaping the CBI’s domestic policy agenda, including on People and Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation. He also leads the CBI’s work on industrial and regional policy. Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and has covered a range of business sectors including manufacturing, small business and financial services. As director for competitive markets Matthew led the CBI’s work campaigns to champion the Great Business Debate to build public confidence in business.

Helen Dewhurst, Corporate Sustainability Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance 

Helen is a renewable energy analyst at BloombergNEF, covering corporate sustainability. She focuses on the efforts by large companies to reduce emissions and increase purchasing of renewable energy via a variety of corporate energy procurement strategies, examining the fundamentals of power markets, power purchase agreements, green certificates and how energy policies and renewable energy economics interact to affect corporate renewable purchasing decisions. Helen also builds and maintain datasets that track corporate renewable energy procurement. Before joining BNEF, Helen worked in sustainable procurement at Accenture.

Zosia Reisner, Director of Power Markets, Lightsource BP 

Zosia joined Lightsource BP in 2016 to lead the growing Corporate PPA team. With over a decade of senior-level experience in the energy sector, Zosia has a deep understanding of the energy markets including corporate energy procurement and risk management as well as off take arrangements for renewable assets. She brings a great depth of knowledge to the Lightsource BP European Corporate PPA team having been actively involved in the UK Corporate PPA market place since the beginning and led several negotiations on corporate PPAs whilst at Utilyx. Zosia’s team are responsible for power marketing activities in UK, Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Alana Kühne, Head of Continental Europe PPAs & Merchant Products, Ørsted 

Alana is an expert on energy management and renewable energy at Ørsted, helping businesses to procure renewable power from offshore wind farms to contribute to a greener energy future. Alana currently leads the team responsible for all European Corporate and Wholesale PPA partnerships and in the past 18 months, her team have successfully delivered a 15-year fixed-price PPA partnership with Nestlé, providing 125GWh of green power annually, sufficient to cover 50% of Nestlé UK power consumption. Ørsted ranks as the most sustainable company in the world in the Global 100 index by Corporate Knights.

Juan Pablo Cerda, Founder & CEO, Zeigo 

Juan Pablo Cerda is the founder of a London-based technology company at the forefront of renewable energy, backed by the Green Angel Syndicate and Sustainable Ventures. Zeigo is a technology platform that connects corporates with renewable energy generators, using data & smart technology to cut through the complexities of clean power procurement. With strong experience building and exiting a business in the sector, JP believes in accelerating the green revolution to contribute towards a sustainable future.

Partners and Sponsors

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. The UK food and drink industry accounts for 20% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employs over 430,000 people in the UK across 7,400 businesses.

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