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

January 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

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

Areas of discussion included sector challenges, priorities for expansion and growth, the rollout of heat pumps, and opportunities for zoning - as well as the skills pipeline, the policy landscape for decarbonisation and net-zero, and the phase-out of gas and oil boilers in new-build homes by 2025.

Delegates assessed progress towards the Heat and Buildings Strategy, as well as more recent developments announced in the Energy Bill, which outlined Ofgem’s new role as regulator of heat networks.

The conference was a timely opportunity to discuss wider developments in decarbonisation and consumer-protection policy - with the launch of the Review of Net Zero into delivering targets without placing undue burdens on businesses or consumers, the Competition and Markets Authority’s consultation on the sale of heat pumps and other green heating and insulation products for homes, and the announcement in the Autumn Statement of the government target to reduce energy demand 15% by 2030.  

Key areas for discussion:

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

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with David Capper, Director for Net Zero Buildings - Clean Heat, BEIS; Richard Bellingham, Head of Heat Networks Implementation, Ofgem; and Marcus Shepheard, Senior Analyst, Climate Change Committee.

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from BEIS; CCC; CMA; DAERA, NI; DIT; Department for Communities, NI; Department for the Economy, NI; DLUHC; DfT; Department of Finance, NI; Department of Infrastructure, NI; HSE; Homes England; Infrastructure and Projects Authority; NIC; ORR; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as a parliamentary pass-holder from The House of Lords.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda