Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Assessing the future of heat networks: priorities for decarbonisation, innovation and efficiency in cooling

Morning, Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Central London


Focusing on developing the next steps for low carbon and energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the UK.

Following the consultation on Heat in Buildings by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and their call for evidence on a ‘smart, flexible energy system’, sessions will assess the impact on the energy delivery system and the future policy framework for heat.

With the release of the Birmingham Policy Commission ‘Doing cold Smarter’report last year and following the launch of their ‘clean cold’ and global goals project, delegates will discuss key strategies for delivering cold more efficiently for processes linked to the supply of food, medicine and data centres, and as part of moving to a low-carbon economy.

Further discussion will focus on the main challenges for improving the UK’s heating systems for consumers and the role of energy efficiency, district heating projects and bioenergy sources for delivering low-carbon heat, in the context of the proposals to change the support offered for biomass-CHP plants under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

We also expect delegates to consider latest technological developments in ground-source heat pumps and CHP generators, and the associated commercial challenges they face, as well as effective cooling systems, particularly for large infrastructure and intensive energy users.

Guest of Honour

Dan Osgood

Director, Heat & Business Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Guest of Honour

Dan Osgood

Director, Heat & Business Energy Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change

Lord Teverson


Dan Sadler

Special Adviser, Northern Gas Networks

Maxine Frerk

Director, Grid Edge Policy

Colin Calder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PassivSystems

Steve Edwards

Director of Regulation and Commercial, Wales & West Utilities

Tim Pollard

Head of Sustainability, Wolseley UK

Edward Thompson

Director, ICAX

Martin Crouch

Senior Partner, Improving Regulation, Ofgem

Ollie More

Head of Policy, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association

Alice Etheridge

Insights Manager, System Operator, National Grid

Jonathan Graham

Head of Policy, The Association for Decentralised Energy

John Batterbee

Head of Technology Strategy and Planning, Energy Systems Catapult

Professor Toby Peters

Board Director, Dearman and Visiting Professor in Power and Cold Economy, University of Birmingham