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

December 2019

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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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


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

Delegate Pack

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


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates