Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Heat networks in the UK: regulation and market frameworks, innovation and investment, and decarbonisation and the relationship with customers

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The conference will examine key developments in heat networks in the UK including:


  • The development of market frameworks and regulation for the sector; and
  • Next steps for incentivising investment, innovation and establishing a self-sustaining market.

It will be an opportunity to assess priorities with government expected to be consulting stakeholders following the policy paper on creating a market framework for the heat sector.


Delegates will consider what measures are needed for the sector to foster growth, with discussion expected on:


  • Attracting investment and developing business cases for infrastructure expansion at scale;
  • Innovation - particularly reducing material, technology and operation costs for industry and energy suppliers; and
  • Bringing district heating supply into established energy markets and creating a level playing field for heat networks.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from: Rt Hon the Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change; James Hemphill, Head of Heat Regulation, Scottish Government; Bindi Patel, Head of Scheme, Heat Trust; Andrew Cripps, Regional Director, Sustainability, AECOM; Adriana Rodriguez Cobas, Head of Assets and Operations, Vattenfall Heat; Ken Hunnisett, Project Director, Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management; Charles Robson, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson and a senior speaker confirmed from the Competition and Markets Authority.


The agenda


  • Decarbonisation and district heating - retrofitting, alternative fuels, and the 2050 net-zero emissions target;
  • Technology - latest developments, meeting the needs of industry, and next steps for integration with established energy markets;
  • Delivery - business cases for heat network systems, planning in urban environments, and tackling infrastructure challenges;
  • Investment - priorities for growing the heat sector, supporting projects, and delivering the Heat Networks Investment Project;
  • Market regulation - consumer interests, cost affordability, and market standards;
  • Consumers - protection, transparency and new responsibilities for developers; and
  • Codes and service standards - priorities for developing frameworks that work for industry and consumers.

Case study:


  • What can be learnt from established heat regulation models.

Panel sessions:


  • Heat markets - competition, innovation and investment - the policy framework, cost reduction and enabling infrastructure at scale; and
  • Further regulatory issues for consumers and industry - fair distribution of costs, heat supplier responsibility, and setting build standards.

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: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CCC; CMA; Defra; Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland); DIT; HSE; MHCLG; Office of Product safety and Standards; Ofgem and The Welsh Government.



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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