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Next steps for decarbonising UK heat and heat networks - expansion, building decarbonisation, consumer protection, and policy and regulatory priorities

Morning, Thursday, 13th January 2022

This conference will examine policy priorities for heat networks in the UK - looking at next steps for decarbonisation, the future of markets and consumer protection, as well as what action is 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 following the Government’s announcement of its plan to drive down the cost of low-carbon heating and during a period of acute gas supply shortages across the UK.

Delegates are expected to consider the implications of reduced resource access and rising costs - including potential issues for heat affordability for households, security of supply on a national level, and how this might both complicate and accelerate the need for heat decarbonisation and cleaner forms of energy.

Discussion also takes 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 building standards reform in the UK and the Future Homes Standard on the outlook for heat decarbonisation.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • policy priorities for UK-wide heat decarbonisation
  • next steps for heat network expansion - the business case and barriers to infrastructure delivery
  • low-carbon heat in housing and other buildings - retrofit and improving energy efficiency
  • heat market framework design - standardising entry rules and boosting investor engagement
  • regulation - regulator duties and scope, enforceable standards, and reducing market complexity
  • consumer protection - modernising property management responsibilities, consumer rights, and the fair distribution of district heating costs

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CMA; the Crown Commercial Service; DAERA, NI; Defra; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DWP; the Health and Safety Executive; the OPSS; the Planning Inspectorate; The Scottish Government; the Valuation Office Agency; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

David Capper

Director, Clean Heat Directorate, BEIS

Keynote Speaker

David Capper

Director, Clean Heat Directorate, BEIS


Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal

Alun Cairns MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Security


Ian Cameron

Head of Customer Service and Innovation, UK Power Networks

Andy Mackiewicz

Cabinet Portfolio Holder - Climate Change, Planning and Housing, Solihull Council; Managing Director, AMPA Associates

Caroline Bragg

Head of Policy, Association for Decentralised Energy

Simon Woodward

Chairman, The UK District Energy Association

Dr Brian Tilley

Head of Energy Policy, E.ON

Michael King

Director, District Energy Development; Chairman, Core Sustainable Heat Management; and Director, Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network

Craig Anderson

Sustainability Director, Vital Energi

James Horton

Director, Construction & Engineering, Burges Salmon

Stephen Knight

Director, Heat Trust

Edward Thompson

Director, ICAX

Charlotte Eddington

Investment Director, Abundance Investment

David Pilling

Head of Policy and Public Affairs - Regulatory Affairs, Ombudsman Services

Emily Williams

Associate Director, Residential Research, Savills

Gareth Jones

Managing Director, Fairheat