The Heat Summit: How Can We Decarbonise Heating?

Dec 7, 2016

Time & Date
14th December 2016

08:30  |  Registration
09:00  |  Event Starts
12:00  |  Event Ends


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A substantial part of the UK’s energy system relates to heating. Overall, a total of £32 billion is spent each year heating homes and other buildings in the UK. Heat represents just under half of the energy we use, and one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Yet despite its significance, heat has been largely overlooked in energy policy debates for years – the so-called “Cinderella” of energy policy. Decarbonising heating is absolutely fundamental to the achievement of wider carbon goals. The Government has recognised the importance of heat, and is expected to outline its thinking in the forthcoming ‘Carbon Plan’, due early next year.

Policy Exchange recently published a report looking at how to decarbonise domestic heating. This considered a number of different options including energy efficiency, greener gases, heat networks, renewables, and the electrification of heating – each of which has it advantages and disadvantages. A number of other notable reports on the topic have been produced recently by the likes of Imperial College LondonKPMG/Energy Networks Association, and the Committee on Climate Change.


Click here to see Policy Exchange Head of Environment and Energy, Richard Howard’s slides from the conference


This half-day conference will draw together many of the leading thinkers on this agenda, to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with decarbonising heating. The event line-up includes:

  • A keynote speech from Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Energy with responsibility for heat and energy efficiency policy
  • A panel debate including Alan Whitehead MP, Mike Foster (EUA), Joanne Wade (Association for the Conservation of Energy), and a representative from the Committee on Climate Change (TBC).
  • Presentations by Richard Howard (Policy Exchange), Dr Keith MacLean (Energy Research Partnership), Dr Robert Gross (Imperial College London) and Tony Glover (Energy Networks Association).

We hope you will join us for what will be a stimulating and timely debate.

This event is likely to be oversubscribed. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To apply for a place please email
This event is kindly supported by Energy and Utilities Alliance and Imperial College London.

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