Morning, Thursday, 13th January 2022
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine policy priorities for heat networks in the UK - looking at the next steps for decarbonisation, the future of markets and consumer protection, and the action needed to modernise infrastructure, expand connections, and build a sustainable and resilient energy system.
We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from David Capper, Director, Clean Heat Directorate, BEIS.
The discussion is taking place in the context of the Government’s Energy White Paper, which sets out the long-term outlook for the development of the UK energy system up to 2050, and will be a timely opportunity to consider the white paper’s proposals for heat policy.
Delegates will also consider the role of reform to building standards in the UK and the Future Homes Standard on the outlook for heat decarbonisation.
Overall, sessions in the agenda look at:
- policy priorities - UK-wide heat decarbonisation, scaling up district heating rollout, and achieving long-term goals for 2050 heat and energy system modernisation
- heat network expansion - the business case, and addressing barriers to infrastructure delivery, material costs, and conventional heat grid integration
- low-carbon heat in housing and other buildings - latest thinking on retrofit, decarbonising old stock, improving energy efficiency standards, and utilising emerging energy technologies
- heat market framework design - next steps for standardising entry rules, supporting tariff and stakeholder competition, and boosting attractiveness for investor engagement
- regulation - options for regulator duties and scope, setting enforceable standards, and reducing market complexity
- consumer protection - modernising property management responsibilities, consumer rights, and the fair distribution of district heating costs
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives from the heat sector, including energy suppliers and infrastructure developers, investment and property organisations, legal professionals, as well as academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference