Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for heat networks in the UK: regulation, consumer engagement, and innovation in technology and infrastructure

Morning, Tuesday, 29th January 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will assess the future for heat networks in the UK and potential measures to support the growth of the sector - looking in particular at investment, policy and regulation, and next steps for innovation in technology and infrastructure.

It takes place in the context of the Government’s £320 million Heat Network Investment Project, which aims to develop market conditions for private and public investment - with the main scheme due to start receiving applications in Autumn 2018, and the first round of successful bidders to be announced and awarded funding in Spring 2019.

Delegates will discuss priorities for guidance from policymakers on investment and supporting the commercialisation of heat network technology, including driving innovation in technology and infrastructure, accelerating the decarbonisation of heat supply, and opportunities for private and public groups to deliver district heating projects.

The agenda will also bring together key stakeholder perspectives on recommendations from the recently-published Competition and Markets Authority heat networks market study, looking at consumer protection standards, improving transparency, and protecting customers from poorly designed infrastructure.

Attendees will consider potential frameworks for regulatory design and delivery - as well as lessons learnt from voluntary district heating standards.

Further sessions focus on the integration of heat network systems and infrastructure, challenges for delivering projects in urban environments, and the role of both industry and local authorities in collaborating on infrastructure delivery.

Keynote Speakers

Emma Floyd

Project Director, Heat Networks Investment Project, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

James Lambert

Director, Sector Regulation, Competition and Markets Authority

Dr Joanne Wade

Chief Executive, Association for the Conservation of Energy and Council Member, Energy Institute


Bindi Patel

Head of Scheme, Heat Trust

Frances Warburton

Director, Energy System Transition, Ofgem

Stephen Cook

Associate Director, Energy, Cities and Climate Change, Arup

Nick Gosling

Group Sales and Strategy Director, Vital Energi

Nick Churchward

Partner, Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon

Senior speaker confirmed from Vattenfall

Jeff Laidler

Business Development Director, Energetik and Head of Sustainability, Enfield Council