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Future Heat: Inquiry launch Conference

Future Heat: Inquiry launch Conference

29th April 2014
  This half day conference in Parliament launched Carbon Connect's 2014 research inquiry looking at the future of heat for buildings. 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. The Future Heat series a series of two independent inquiries, will identify and examine key transitions that are likely to be required by 2050, and explore the implied policy challenges and where existing policy is taking us.  The aim of this event was to capture the debate and gather evidence on the key changes and challenges of decarbonising heat for buildings. Delegates heard from inquiry Co-Chairs Jonathan Reynolds MP and Dan Byles MP, before a panel discussion with six expert speakers. This was followed by three breakout roundtables on: 1) the future role of gas and gas networks; 2) heat pumps and district heating; and 3) energy efficiency. Findings from the event will contribute to the scoping of the series and the final reports, to be published in Autumn 2014 and Spring 2015.   ------ “Heat has often overlooked when considering energy policy, so having a major piece of work which looks at the future of heat is very welcome. The Future Heat Series inquiries will examine the key transformations likely to be needed in the way we heat our homes and buildings and begin debating the policy implications. I am very pleased to be working with Carbon Connect who will be running this inquiry.” Jonathan Reynolds MP “Eighty-three percent of our homes are heated by gas and a third of our greenhouse gas emissions come from heat. This is a policy area full of challenges and ripe with opportunities. It is really important that we have political consensus on long term energy and climate change policy, and that is why the Future Heat Series is such a healthy initiative.” Dan Byles MP ------ CO-CHAIRSJonathan Reynolds MP - Shadow Energy MinisterDan Byles MP - Member of the ECC Select Committee SPEAKERSRobert Sansom - Imperial College LondonNigel Fox - National GridSteven Heath - Knauf InsulationMichael Smith - Cofely District EnergyGuy Boulby - DECCKeith Needham - Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers  This independent research is kindly sponsored by IGEM.

 

Location
Parliament