Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED April 2020


This conference will discuss the next steps for improving domestic energy efficiency in England and achieving the Government’s target of upgrading all homes to EPC Band C by 2035.


It will be an opportunity to discuss how the new government should carry forward its commitments in the Queen’s Speech to improve energy efficiency for homes - which sits alongside initiatives focused on hospitals and schools.


The policy is backed by £9.2bn of investment, with a £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support businesses in reducing their carbon emissions and energy usage.


The conference also takes place with the Government considering responses to its consultations on:


  • The Future Homes Standard, with a focus on proposed changes to building standards to encourage low carbon heating and increasing energy efficiency, which is due to be introduced in 2025; and
  • The Fuel poverty strategy for England, which aims to make as many poor fuel homes EPC Band C by 2030.

It also comes in the context of the CCC’s UK housing: Fit for the Future? report on issues with the way new homes are built and existing ones are retrofitted;


There will be discussion on:


  • 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;
  • What can be 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.

Speakers


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: Sophie Adams, Ofgem; Michael Barlow, Burges Salmon; Murray Birt, DWS; Peter Broad, Citizens Advice; Steve Cox, Electricity North West; 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 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 industry implementation to develop domestic energy efficiency.

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.



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates