26 February 2020

8:30 am

Registration, refreshments, and exhibition

9:00 am

Welcome and introduction


  • Dr Rose Chard

    Dr Rose Chard
    Consumer insight manager - Energy Systems Catapult

9:10 am


9:10 am

UK Heat Policy: Accelerating heat decarbonisation to over the next 10 years to reach net-zero

The next 10 years will play a crucial role in defining the actions that must be taken to get to net-zero by 2050. This session will explore the implications of current and expected heat policy in the UK.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Engagement and scale: driving housing retrofit and designing housing that is fit for the future
  • UK Heat Roadmap: what are the expected implications on networks, consumers and businesses?
  • Market vs. regulation: how can regulation facilitate market development?


10:05 am

Housing sector perspective: Overcoming the retrofit challenge at scale

  • How to create an improved housing stock with better SAP ratings
  • How to integrate thermal efficiency improvements with low carbon heat infrastructure
  • What are the next steps for social landlords in the absence of clear policy?


10:20 am

Completing the heat picture: decarbonising off-grid properties

  • Understanding the off-grid challenge in a policy context
  • Ensuring rural properties are part of the low-carbon transition
  • Setting out the role for bio-LPG


  • Andy Parker

    Andy Parker
    Head of strategy and corporate affairs - Calor

10:35 am

Local authority case study: examples of low-carbon heat leadership

  • Opportunities, options and examples of heat decarbonisation at the local level
  • The role of the local authority in hydrogen conversion: A case study of Leeds City Council
  • How the UK can become a global leader in hydrogen skills and technology as part of the just transition to a low carbon economy


  • Dr Tom Knowland

    Dr Tom Knowland
    Head of sustainable energy and climate change - Leeds City Council

10:50 am

Questions and answers

11:00 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:30 am


11:30 am

Optimising the role of partnerships in heat decarbonisation

  • How to build partnerships with regional administrators, supply chain, and other networks to drive heat decarbonisation
  • The role of partnerships in creating carbon neutral, smarter cities
  • How national and international policy makers can partner and support the net zero goal


11:45 am

Local area energy planning

  • The role of whole system Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) in decarbonisation of heat
  • Enabling the delivery of smart local energy systems aligned to net zero commitment
  • Scaling up LAEP and unlocking investment in low carbon heat


  • Richard Leach

    Richard Leach
    Local Area Energy Planning Specialist - Energy Systems Catapult

12:00 pm

Developing localised hydrogen networks: what are the options?

  • Progress on low and zero-carbon gas projects
  • How to develop a whole-systems approach that ensures affordability and reliability
  • The role of innovation in scaling up heat decarbonisation


  • Edward Syson

    Edward Syson
    Chief safety and strategy officer - Cadent Gas

12:15 pm

Case study: Key learnings from the Gas Decarbonisation Pathways Project

  • How to coordinate network activity and support policy making for decarbonised gas
  • How to engage all UK heat stakeholders in the process of developing low-carbon gas pathways and options
  • What are the next steps to drive low-carbon heat in the UK?


  • Matt Hindle

    Matt Hindle
    Head of gas - Energy Networks Association

12:30 pm

Electricity storage heating – the Cinderella solution


12:40 pm

Questions and answers

12:50 pm

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition

1:50 pm


Breakout sessions

Session 1: Examples of design and innovation for energy flexibility 

  • What heat storage solutions exist and what is their impact on the energy landscape?
  • How to utilise dispatchable power storage capacity to meet peak energy demand

Charlotte Owen, Policy officer, The Association for Decentralised Energy
Dr Grant Wilson, Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
Malcolm Arthur, Future of heat programme manager, National Grid
Iain Duncan, Smart heat commercial manager, OVO Energy

Session 2: Biomethane: what is the growth potential?

  • Solutions that enable Biomethane production at scale
  • How to overcome glass ceilings for UK Biomethane production
  • What policy support is needed in the lead up to 2021, post RHI?

Richard Barker, Adviser and investment committee member, Iona Capital

Please move into your designated room for breakout sessions round 2

Breakout sessions

Session 3: Heat pumps: what are the impacts on electricity networks? 

  • How to develop flexibility within heat demand
  • Understanding interactions with other low carbon technologies
  • How to make heat pumps offer a cost-effective option
  • Understanding the carbon emissions intensity of heat pumps

Faithful Chanda, Innovation and low carbon networks engineer, Western Power Distribution
Roy Collins, Generation policy & regulation, EDF Energy

Session 4: Heat Networks: Localised approaches to unlocking low carbon sources at scale

  • An overview of local heat & energy efficiency strategies for wider heat decarbonisation delivery
  • How to set up low-carbon heat networks at scale
  • How to recycle waste heat from heat networks
  • How to meter heat consumption

Sarah Diver, Market development manager – Innovation, Bristol Energy
Gareth Fenney, Head of heat and energy efficiency unit, The Scottish Government

Refreshments, networking and exhibition


3:25 pm

How gas has a roadmap to 2050 net zero


3:40 pm

Smart heat


3:50 pm

Sharing project learnings: What are the practicalities of hydrogen?

  • Lessons learnt from existing hydrogen projects
  • Engaging major industries to meet the net zero carbon target
  • Where are we with Hydrogen ready boilers?
  • What are the HSE considerations of Hydrogen?


  • Joe Howe

    Joe Howe
    Executive director and professor - Thornton Energy Research Institute

  • Tim Harwood

    Tim Harwood
    H21 programme director and head of hydrogen technologies - Northern Gas Networks

4:25 pm

The role of hybrid heat pump systems

The decarbonisation of heat will have significant impact on the gas and electricity network, so the crucial question is: Multi vector, hybrid systems or something else – which system works?

This discussion will bring together the insights of the entire conference to outline what practical steps networks can take to accelerate the transition towards low-carbon heat.

 Topics to be addressed include:

  • Heat pumps and hydrogen: how to bring it all together
  • How to make heat pumps attractive and available at scale
  • How to increase efficiency in the gas network
  • How do we spread the cost burden?


4:55 pm

Close of conference