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Improving domestic energy efficiency in England - policy targets, tackling barriers, retrofitting, and innovation in funding and technology

Morning, Thursday, 23rd April 2020


This conference will discuss the next steps for improving domestic energy efficiency in England.

It takes place with the issues moving up the policy agenda, with:

  • government plans to move towards net-zero emissions in the UK by 2050 and its target of upgrading all homes to EPC Band C by 2035;
  • investment commitments in the Queen’s Speech for improving the energy efficiency of homes - with £9.2bn being allocated to help homes, as well as schools and hospitals;
  • the Government considering responses to its consultations on The Future Homes Standard, and the Fuel poverty strategy for England; and
  • the CCC‘s highlighting of the contribution of energy usage in homes to UK greenhouse gas emissions, and calling for a range of measures for government and the housing sector.

There will be discussion on:

  • Policy goals and the steps required to meet government targets for upgrading homes by 2035, and all fuel poor homes by 2030;
  • Innovative funding models - such as green mortgages - for financial support to help increase energy efficiency, drawing on measures in the Green Finance Strategy;
  • Lessons learned from policy initiatives in Scotland and Wales; and
  • Strategies going forward for encouraging increased energy efficiency in homes - following the government response to the call for evidence on building a market for energy efficiency.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change;
  • Sam Balch, Deputy Director, Home Retrofit, Energy using Products, BEIS; and
  • Amanda Callaghan, Head of Energy Efficient Scotland Programme Unit, The Scottish Government.

Further confirmed speakers include: Michael Barlow, Burges Salmon; Murray Birt, DWS; Peter Broad, Citizens Advice; Nigel Dewbery, E.ON; Alasdair Donn, Wilmott Dixon and BSRIA; Paul Ellis, Ecology Building Society; Jenny Holland, UK Green Building Council; Richard Long, Engie; David Weatherall, Energy Saving Trust and a senior speaker has been confirmed from Nottingham City Homes.

The first half of the seminar will be chaired by Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales

The agenda

  • Examining current standards and progression towards sustainable homes;
  • Government priorities for achieving domestic energy efficiency targets by 2035;
  • Tackling barriers for energy efficient new homes and retrofitting - costs, funding, and behavioural change;
  • Case study: lessons learnt from devolved initiatives;
  • Innovative approaches to delivering savings - new technologies, alternative energy sources, and future energy industry obligations; and
  • Next steps for implementing efficiency measures - engaging households and the housing sector, the role of investors, and the future direction of policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the MHCLG; BEIS; CCC; Homes England; the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology; HSE and DIT.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

Sam Balch

Deputy Director, Home Retrofit, Energy using Products, BEIS

Keynote Speakers

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

Sam Balch

Deputy Director, Home Retrofit, Energy using Products, BEIS

Chris Jofeh

Chair, Decarbonisation of Homes in Wales Advisory Group


Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales


Peter Broad

Senior Policy Researcher, Energy policy research team, Citizens Advice

Nigel Dewbery

Director of E.ON Installation and Obligation Delivery, E.ON

Richard Long

Business Development Director, Engie

Alasdair Donn

Head of Building Performance, Group Sustainability, Wilmott Dixon & Non-Executive Director, BSRIA

Emily Braham

Head of Sustainable Energy, Nottingham City Homes

George Day

Head of Markets, Policy and Regulation, Energy Systems Catapult

Matthew Fleming-Duffy

Director, Cherry Mortgage & Finance

Michael Barlow

Head, Energy, Power and Utilities Sector Group, Burges Salmon

Murray Birt

Senior ESG Strategist, DWS

David Weatherall

Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

Jenny Holland

Public Affairs & Policy Specialist, UK Green Building Council