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ADE Announces New Director

14 October 2019

The Association for Decentralised Energy today announced that Ian Calvert will replace Tim Rotheray as the new Director of the Association.

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in user-led energy, having worked for British Sugar and RWE to bring forward ground-breaking projects that sought to raise the bar in terms of decarbonisation, efficient use of resources and optimised design that puts the user first. Projects such as establishing the UK’s largest waste wood combined heat and power plant - initially serving a paper mill and now heating homes and businesses in nearby Glenrothes through a heat network.

Ian has also previously worked in the ADE’s policy team while on secondment from British Sugar, so was a natural choice to continue to grow the Association’s work on leading both industry and government into the net-zero era.

Commenting on the announcement; ADE Chair Lucy Padfield said,

Decentralised Energy is a centrepiece of moving to a carbon free economy and the next few years are critical to put the policy in place to ensure all energy users can benefit from the transition. Ian has direct experience of what being an energy user in the system is like as well as a breadth of policy expertise that makes him superbly placed to lead the Association at this crucial time.”

Ian Calvert will start with the ADE in January 2020.

Ian said:

I am delighted to be taking on the role at such a key time. The successes we have seen in decarbonisation will only continue if we tackle heat and transport. These sectors can only be addressed by focussed on energy users and the decisions they need to make. The ADE is at the very heart of the policy debate and I look forward to leading it in the new year as we run up to the vital COP 26 climate talks.

The current Director, Tim Rotheray commented:

Ian has the understanding and skills that the ADE needs in the next phase of policy making to turn the Government’s commitments into tangible action. As need for climate action becomes increasingly pressing, the ADE has a vital role in engaging with decision makers and I am delighted to be handing over to someone with such commitment and experience in the sector.

Tim Rotheray also announced that he was taking up the role of Director of Innovation and Regulations at Recycling and Waste Management company Viridor adding: 

I am really excited to be taking on this role at such a crucial time for the sector.


Notes to editors:

About Ian

Ian has twenty years’ experience working with energy and, in particular decentralised power generation.

Between 2005-2007 he was the Senior Policy Analyst for the ADE (then known as the CHPA) and worked with Government on implementing positive changes in emissions trading, tax and power market rules at both European and national levels - changes that have underpinned the UK’s significant progress in decarbonising the power grid.

In 2007, he was appointed Head of Strategy at npower Cogen and then in 2010 moved across to npower Renewables. He was appointed a Director at RWE Innogy UK in 2012.  He is now Head of Biomass UK at RWE Supply and Trading and is currently working on a large district energy project in Fife.

He is a past Chairman of the Association for Decentralised Energy.

In his ’spare’ time, Ian has run a world beating renewably fuelled motorcycle road race team and at home he has a micro CHP unit and an electric car.

About the ADE

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is the leading advocate of an integrated approach to delivering energy services using combined heat and power and district heating. The Association has over 160 members active across a range of technologies and markets and is widely recognised as one of the leading industry bodies in the sustainable energy sector.

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