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Carbon Connect’s most recent research project examined the future of heat for buildings. The way we heat our buildings will need to change significantly to meet long term carbon targets and diversify the UK’s energy supply mix. Heat accounts for almost half of the energy consumed in the UK, around 75 per cent of which is space heating for buildings in the domestic, public and commercial sectors. Despite the size of heat demand, awareness of the transformations needed to meet carbon targets is low.
Part 1: Pathways for Heat
Part 2: Policy for Heat
The Future Heat Series comprised two independent inquiries considering both the supply and demand of heat in UK buildings, and was launched at a conference in Parliament in April 2014. The first inquiry, which reported in November 2014, compares different decarbonisation pathways for the sector by six organisations (DECC, CCC, ETI, National Grid, UKERC, Delta EE), exploring the role of different solutions and identifying the key transformations needed to decarbonise heat for buildings. 
Having identified some key transitions, the second report discusses the implied policy challenges, where existing policy is taking us and what options there are for new policy to help achieve key transitions for decarbonisation.
The series was overseen by a steering group of Carbon Connect’s members and invited experts, chaired by Jonathan Reynolds MP and Dan Byles MP.
Inquiry Co-Chairs:
Jonathan Reynolds MP - Shadow Energy Minister
Dan Byles MP - Energy & Climate Change Select Committee
Inquiry Steering Group:
Steve Marland, National Grid
Jenny Hill, Committee on Climate Change
Dr Jeff Hardy, Ofgem
Robert Sansom, Imperial College London
Dr Matthew Aylott, Which?
Neil Schofield, Bosch
Keith Needham, IGEM
Dr Vincent Thornley, Siemens
Jenni McDonnell, Knowledge Transfer Network
Richard Kirkman, Veolia
John Raspin, Frost & Sullivan
Kelly Butler, BEAMA
Mike Foster, Energy and Utilities Alliance

The Future Heat Series was kindly sponsored by IGEM. The reports were also kindly sponsored by the Energy & Utilities Alliance.