Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

Morning, Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Central London


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

It takes place with the new parliament beginning its work and in the context of:

  • Commitments across the political spectrum during the general election campaign to help households increase the energy efficiency of their homes;
  • CCC’s UK housing: Fit for the Future? report on issues with the way new homes are built and existing ones are retrofitted;
  • The ongoing consultation on proposed changes to the Building Regulations for new dwellings, focusing on low carbon heating and increasing energy efficiency; and
  • Updates to the Fuel poverty strategy for England, which aims to make as many poor fuel homes EPC Band C by 2030.

We expect discussion on:

  • Current policy goals - steps required to meet government targets for upgrading homes by 2035, and all fuel-poor homes by 2030;
  • Funding - innovative models such as green mortgages for financial support to help increase energy efficiency, drawing on measures in the Green Finance Strategy; and
  • The future of policy - 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:

  • Sam Balch, Deputy Director, Home Retrofit, Energy Using Products, BEIS;
  • Murray Birt, Senior ESG Strategist, DWS; and
  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change.

Further confirmed speakers include: Sophie Adams, Ofgem; Michael Barlow, Burges Salmon; Peter Broad, Citizens Advice; Steve Cox, Electricity North West; Alasdair Donn, Wilmott Dixon and BSRIA; Paul Ellis, Ecology Building Society; Richard Long, Engie; and senior speakers confirmed from Energy Saving Trust; E.ON and Nottingham City Homes.

The agenda

  • Assessing 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 communication benefits;
  • Innovative approaches to delivering savings - new technologies, alternative energy sources and future energy industry obligations;
  • Next steps for industry implementation to develop domestic energy efficiency; and
  • Case study: lessons learned from devolved initiatives.

Keynote Speaker

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

Sam Balch

Deputy Director, Home Retrofit, Energy using Products, BEIS

Murray Birt

Senior ESG Strategist, DWS

Amanda Callaghan

Head of Energy Efficient Scotland Programme Unit, Scottish Government

Jenny Holland

Public Affairs & Policy Specialist, UK Green Building Council


Peter Broad

Senior Policy Researcher, Energy policy research team, Citizens Advice

Nigel Dewbery

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

Senior speaker confirmed from Nottingham City Homes

Richard Long

Business Development Director, Engie

Alasdair Donn

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

Steve Cox

Engineering and Technical Director, Electricity North West

Paul Ellis

Chief Executive, Ecology Building Society

Michael Barlow

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

David Weatherall

Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

Sophie Adams

Product Owner, Data Services, Ofgem