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Opening Plenary

Chair: Ian Marchant FEI, President, Energy Institute Biography

Keynote address from Headline Sponsor: Lars Fabricius, Managing Director, SAV Systems Biography | View presentation

Ministerial Address: Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Energy and Climate Change Biography

Questions to the Minister


The Role of Heat in a Decarbonised Energy System

Professor Jim Skea CBE FEI FRSA HonFSE, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London Biography | View presentation

In this keynote speech, Professor Skea will explore how the thinking about heat will need to evolve and mature if we are to create an efficient cost effective way to heat our homes, offices and industries. 

Considering the uniquely local nature of heat, Professor Skea will explore the complexities of developing heat policy and how this might differ from developing policy for power.

Questions that will be considered include, how should policy makers adapt their approach to effect change in smaller scale investments compared to power? Is different consideration of the energy user needed for these types of policies? Is there scope for Government to declutter the policy space whilst not undermining investment through the creation of uncertainty. What will future heat generation look like for industry, commercial and domestic users and how than this be achieved in a cost effective way? How can this future strike the important balance between cost to users yet delivering on our commitments? 












Demonstrating Delivery

Chair: Ian Marchant FEI, President, Energy Institute Biography

Across the UK, industry, communities and individuals are generating heat from more economically and environmentally sustainable sources. In this session, we will explore some case studies across different sectors and consider the challenges that they faced and what made them a success.

Our speakers will share their experiences of managing both policy and market drivers and the opportunities and conflicts they create. From considering the initial consumer need to project delivery, the presenters will also show how they tackled the challenges they encountered along the way. This session will hear from three case studies, showcasing different aspects and applications for meeting users need for heat:















The Politics of Heat: Panel Discussion

Chair: Ian Marchant FEI, President, Energy Institute Biography

Case studies in the preceding session will show the range of drivers for changing the way we generate and use heat, and some of the positive impacts these investments can deliver.

Our panel will discuss how the increasing awareness of the importance of heat can be addressed by politicians and in the political debate. How can decision-makers work to change broaden the focus of energy debates to include and recognise heat? Is the fact that heat is inherently local, and that there is no one national ‘silver bullet’ answer, make it difficult for policymakers to talk about heat and energy users’ heating needs?

Panellists will consider the pros and cost of market and regulatory approaches not just in terms of industry but in terms of what is achievable with voters.

Panelists include:




The Scale of Action: International to Local

Chair: Janet Wood, Editor, New Power Biography

In this session, representatives from different scales of government will present their perspectives on the role of local, national and international government in delivering the best heat solution for the consumer.

Bringing together the different experiences, we explore how international frameworks shape local responses and what the role is for national and devolved administrations. What combination of regulation and incentives work best at each level? How can policy bring about system-wide change while addressing the inherently local nature of heat? And what combination of responses will give the best value for money for consumers?





The Opportunity for Heat

Chair: Dr Steve Fawkes CEng FEI, Founder and Principal, Energy Pro Biography

Our final panel session will draw together the themes of the conference - practical experience, building advocacy, responding to challenges, delivering at the appropriate scale – and how we integrate these themes to unlock the significant opportunity for heat.

As policymakers awake to the importance of heat and industry is asked to mobilise, what are the wider benefits of a fully integrated energy system? How can we gear investment to maximise this potential? And how do we ensure that these schemes are both efficient and affordable for the end consumer? And how will the energy market change in response to this emerging future?



Closing remarks: Dr Tim Rotheray, Director, CHPA Biography


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