Morning, Friday, 15th October 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will look at priorities for improving domestic energy efficiency and key issues for meeting objectives as part of Sustainable Warmth, the updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England.
Areas for discussion include priorities and strategies for delivering:
- large-scale retrofits and how barriers on a national and local level can be overcome
- new initiatives for low-carbon heating and energy efficiency schemes, and steps for translating these into business growth and technological and sector innovation
- opportunities for supply chain and skills growth, and tying in with the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda
It will also be an opportunity to discuss the commitments to energy efficiency developments made in the Energy White Paper, as well as fuel poverty and priorities for innovation in the context of wider developments, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:
- domestic energy efficiency - long-term targets, engaging with devolved partners and local authorities, implementing design solutions, and developing new building standards
- tackling fuel poverty - priorities for funding, retrofitting, and outreach, and looking at the role of ECO schemes and suppliers
- the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda - assessing opportunities for large-scale energy efficiency retrofit, and widening skills and careers development, supply chain activity, and boosting economic demand
- innovation - priorities for innovating technologies that improve energy efficiency, including greater material design for insulation and domestic housing, heat pump and heat network installations, and reducing commercialisation costs for market-readiness
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for the Economy, NI; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the Central & Cecil Housing Trust.
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 housing developers, associations and constructors, as well as representatives from local government and the energy, heat, engineering, real estate, financial, legal and environmental sectors along with academics, commentators, charities and consumer groups, 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