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.
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.
- 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.
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