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Next steps for UK heat and heat networks - Government strategy, market frameworks, heat pumps, and decarbonising buildings

Morning, Thursday, 12th January 2023

This conference will discuss the next steps for heat and heat networks in the UK.

Areas for discussion include sector challenges, priorities for expansion and growth, the rollout of heat pumps, and opportunities for zoning - as well as the skills pipeline and the developing policy landscape for decarbonisation and net-zero.

It will discuss progress towards the Heat and Buildings Strategy, as well as more recent developments as announced in the Queen’s Speech 2022, which outlined Ofgem’s new role as regulator of heat networks - and also comes as gas boilers are to be phased out by 2025.

Key areas for discussion:

  • decarbonising heat - ambitions in the Heat and Buildings Strategy - the future of policy and net-zero commitments
  • low carbon heating systems - heat pump delivery and infrastructure - market mechanisms for investment and innovation - gas boiler phase out
  • regulation - enforcement - new market growth - improving energy use
  • barriers to heat network expansion - efficiency measures - zoning - securing the skills pipeline
  • implementation and impact on households and businesses - behavioural change - supply chain requirements - affordable low carbon heat alternatives
  • policy priorities for decarbonisation of heat - take-up - net-zero objectives

We are very pleased to be able to include a keynote session with David Capper, Director for Net Zero Buildings - Clean Heat, BEIS.

Keynote Speaker

David Capper

Director for Net Zero Buildings - Clean Heat, BEIS

Keynote Speaker

David Capper

Director for Net Zero Buildings - Clean Heat, BEIS


Michael King

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

Mike Reynolds

Managing Director, Vattenfall Heat UK

Professor Janette Webb

Professor of Sociology of Organisations, University of Edinburgh

James Horton

Partner, Burges Salmon